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Database Administrator

Open for Winter 2018

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 40 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Establish a career as a database administrator through training in the technical and business aspects of data modeling, database architecture, backup and recovery and database security.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $17,123
Year 1 (International): $25,203

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: review of your supporting documentation (career and program investigation form, resumé, and previous computer experience) and a selection appointment. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Winter 2018 Jan. 9, 2018
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Program Details

Program Description

Industry relies on database technology to store, retrieve and present information in a customized and user-friendly format. The Database Administrator (DBA) program develops your knowledge of relational database design, system performance, backup & recovery, and database security. The program builds on your existing relevant skills of reliability, logical thinking and good attention to detail.

This intensive 40 week program, designed for learners with previous IT experience, prepares you for challenging and exciting opportunities in database administration.

You will master the technical aspects of database administration, using Oracle tools within Windows and Linux platforms. You will also learn to use and manage existing relational databases, then apply these skills in the design and implementation of new databases in accordance with user requirements.

This program is offered in conjunction with the Oracle Workforce Development Program. With additional relevant work experience and exam preparation study, you will be prepared to successfully challenge and complete the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) DBA designation. Discount vouchers are available to qualified students.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as an Oracle database administrator, database developer, data analyst or database architect.

  • Graduates of the Database Administrator program have a 63% employment rate

Student Success

  • Students possessing prior experience with relational databases (e.g. Microsoft Access) and operating systems (e.g. Linux/ Unix, Windows) tend to be more successful in the Database Administrator program.
  • Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs.
  • This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy; students who experience success are those who make their education a priority throughout the program.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate as a Database Administrator.

Accreditation

The program, offered in conjunction with the Oracle Workforce Development Program, includes core Oracle Education courses needed to challenge the Oracle Certified Professional Database Administrator designation. With additional relevant work experience and additional exam preparation study, you will be prepared to successfully challenge and complete the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Database Administration designation.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 17, 2018.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent, OR
  • A minimum of two years post-secondary education from a recognized university, institute or college. 
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Due to the tight integration of the courses in the Database Administrator (DBA) program, credit for Prior Learning is not available.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.  

Selection is done on a continuous basis and is based on the following criteria:

  • Current resumé outlining previous education and experience.
  • ICT Fast-Track Career & Program Investigation form. This form will be emailed to you once you have applied. It will be scored to determine suitability for the program; please be detailed and thorough.
  • A photocopy of your educational transcripts and any other supporting documents.  
  • Proof of previous relational database experience. Transcripts, substantial industry experience or certifications will be considered. A relational database/scripting or computer programming tutorial may be required. Please refer to this document outlining the technical expectations of students entering this program.
  • Attend a mandatory selection appointment once the above documents have been submitted and scored by the department. Telephone appointments can be scheduled for out-of-town applicants.  
  • The final decision for acceptance into the program will be determined by the Academic Chair.

Step 4: Apply to Database Administrator and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Submit your resumé, Career & Program Investigation form and transcripts.

  • Send your documentation to the School of ICT Fast-Track office by email to fast-track@sait.ca or fax to 403.210.4523.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add fast-track@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Ideal Applicant

The ideal candidate for the Database Administrator (DBA) program is a motivated, mature learner with an IT background who wants to specialize or to upgrade existing skills. You are analytical, technically proficient and detail-oriented. Your approach to problem solving is both creative and logical, depending on the circumstances. You work well as part of a team and enjoy interacting with others.  You possess good working knowledge of operating systems such as Windows or UNIX/Linux. You also have some experience working with relational databases, such as Microsoft Access.

Courses

Program Outline

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • The curriculum in SAIT's fast track programs is constantly changing to reflect the needs of the market and ensure the classes offered are up-to-date.
Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CMPN-274 Oracle Architecture and Administration 3.0
CMPN-295 Oracle: Network Administration 1.5
CMPP-238 Scripting for Databases 1.5
CMPP-252 Oracle Fundamentals: SQL and PL/SQL 3.0
CMPP-267 Database Operating Systems Network Fundamentals 3.0
CMPP-273 Data Modelling and RDB Design 1.5
CMPP-276 Data Warehousing and Mining 1.5
CMPP-277 Oracle: Backup and Recovery 3.0
CMPP-278 Database Administration Project 6.0
CMPP-279 Oracle Performance and Tuning 1.5
CPLN-240 Career Planning and Management 1.5
CPRG-203 Microsoft SQL Server Database 1.5
CPRG-205 Linux Fundamentals 1.5
CPRG-206 Database Web Integration 1.5
CPRG-209 Database Skills in Unix/Linux 1.5
DBAD-205 Database Security Fundamentals 1.5
DBAD-390 Database Administration Practicum 3.0
PROJ-237 Project Management for DBA 1.5
Program Total 39.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $16,160 $440 $523 $17,123

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $24,240 $440 $523 $25,203

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110
Dental Plan: $125
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are included in the tuition.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Contact Information

Fast-Track  
403.210.4522
fast-track@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Hands-on work in courses, combined with quality instructors, equipped Israel for the job market.

With some experience under her belt, Srivaishnavi was looking to refresh and update her skills with SAIT. Before graduation, she landed her first database administrator job.

Israel Ayongwa
Database Administrator | 2016

“That hands-on experience was the biggest thing I got from the program,” he says. “Because of that, I feel prepared.”

Srivaishnavi Machiraju
Database Administrator | 2017

"SAIT provides us with a lot of connections."