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.
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
- 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.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate as a Database Administrator.
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.
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.
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Admission and Selection
- Spring 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to May 5, 2017.
- Winter 2018 start: applications open May 3, 2017.
- 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.
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 computer programming and/or relational database experience. Transcripts, substantial industry experience or certifications will be considered. An introductory computer programming course such as CMPP-205 Introduction to Programming in C 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 email@example.com or fax to 403.210.4523.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.
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.
- 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 Code||Course Name||Credit|
|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-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|
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.
Domestic tuition and fees*
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International tuition and fees*
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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.
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.
“That hands-on experience was the biggest thing I got from the program,” he says. “Because of that, I feel prepared.”
"SAIT provides us with a lot of connections."