Length: 40 Weeks
International Students: Accepted
Sep 05, 2023
Delivery options for domesticinternational students
On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses registered in and successfully completed per semester.
Learn more about program length on SAIT Credentials and the Academic Calendar.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
Establish a career as a database administrator to tackle the challenging and exciting opportunities in this field.
The industry relies on database technology to store, retrieve and present information in a customized and user-friendly format. The Database Administrator program develops your knowledge of relational database design and architecture, system performance, backup and recovery, database security and the technical and business aspects of data modelling.
You will master the technical aspects of database administration using Oracle and Microsoft tools within Windows and Linux platforms. You will also learn to use and manage existing relational databases, and then apply these skills in the design and implementation of new databases in accordance with user requirements.
Is this the right fit for me?
This program is designed for learners with existing IT literacy. Students possessing prior experience with relational databases (like Microsoft Access) and operating systems (like Linux/Unix, Windows) tend to be more successful in the Database Administrator program.
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.
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 exam preparation study, you will be prepared to successfully challenge and complete the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Database Administration designation.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT Database Administrator certificate.
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Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n):
- Oracle database administrator
- database developer
- data analyst
- database architect
Related careers include:
- software engineer
- management consultant
Tuition and fees
Estimated cost per year:
Domestic total 2023/24
- Year 1: $19,696
International total 2023/24
- Year 1: $31,585.54
Final costs are dependent on the number of courses a student takes per semester.
This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.
You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.
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- At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent, OR,
- A minimum of two years of 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.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
Due to the tight integration of the courses in the Database Administrator program, credit for prior learning is not available.
The ideal candidate for the Database Administrator (DBA) program is a motivated, mature learner with an IT background who wants to specialize or 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 a 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.
Previous relational database experience gained through education, industry experience, industry certifications, or completion of online tutorials related to database management systems or SQL is strongly recommended.
When should you apply?
Visit our Apply page to see when applications open and close for upcoming semesters.
To see which semesters this program has intakes for, look at the Available Intakes information at the top of this page.
Direct entry: four-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: Apply to the program and submit your transcripts.
Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
Step 4: Continue to monitor your application status through mySAIT.ca.
You must submit final transcripts/grades to show you have completed the courses and met the minimum admission requirements by the transcript deadline or your seat will be rescinded.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option). International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
Communication during admission
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 the email@example.com domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
When do classes start?
Classes for this program adhere to the following year start and end dates based on the semester the student begins their program.
|Classes begin||Year start date||Year-end date|
|Fall 2022||Sept. 6, 2022||June 30, 2023|
|Fall 2023||Sept. 5, 2023||June 28, 2024|
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|CMPN-274||Oracle Architecture and Administration||3.0|
|CPLN-240||Career Planning and Management||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-278||Database Administration Project||6.0|
|PROJ-237||Project Management for DBA||1.5|
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|CMPN-295||Oracle: Network Administration||1.5|
|CMPP-238||Scripting for Databases||1.5|
|CMPP-276||Data Warehousing and Mining||1.5|
|CMPP-277||Oracle: Backup and Recovery||3.0|
|CMPP-279||Oracle Performance and Tuning||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|
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|PRAC-249||Career Advancement Practicum||3.0|
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.
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The opportunity to advance your education by transferring in, within or on from SAIT is available.
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Tuition and fees
The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year. *
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Total|
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Total|
*For a detailed breakdown of tuition costs per course, visit the domestic and international fee tables.
**.5 indicates a combination of full-time semester(s) and part-time semester(s) in the same academic year. In many cases, students are completing a practicum during their part-time semester. Part-time students are those taking less than nine (9) course credits in a semester.
What your SAIT fees pay for
Student support fee: supports student services and resources to help you succeed throughout your academic career, including services such as Career Advancement Services, and Student Development and Counselling.
Student technology fee: supports improvements to cybersecurity to protect student and institutional information, access to learning material outside the classroom, and technology to enhance the student experience.
Campus recreation fee: supports the provision of recreation and fitness facilities, movement classes, wellness programs, student events, intermural activities, varsity sports programs, and a variety of student engagement initiatives offered throughout the academic year. Exemptions to recreation fees are made in some circumstances.
Upass: provides you with unlimited access to Calgary Transit. Ineligible students are not required to pay this fee. Learn more about eligibility requirements.
Lab and materials fees: ensures SAIT labs and living classrooms have the required equipment and materials to support the necessary training for students.
Laundry fee: covers the cost of laundering the required uniforms. Applicable only to certain programs and apprenticeships.
Saitsa fees: supports the student-led, non-profit organization representing students. Fees support the operation of a variety of student services, activities, and programming.
Health and dental fees: provides access to thousands of dollars in coverage for prescription medication, dental treatments, paramedical services, and multiple other benefits. Domestic students with existing health and dental coverage may opt out. Find more details at saitsa.com/benefits.
Your fees are calculated based on the number of course credits you take per semester (approximately 16 weeks of study). In most cases, your fee is determined based on whether you're taking more or less than nine (9) course credits (more than nine credits in a semester are considered full-time studies.)
Fees are adjusted for programs with start dates outside of the typical 15-week program.
Learn more about what your fees are for
Fees are subject to change without notice.
|Fees||< 9 credits per semester||> 9 credits per semester|
|Campus athletic and recreation||$51.50||$103|
|Student support fee||$52.75||$105.50|
|Student technology fee||$52.75||$105.50|
|Student association fee**||$16.22/credit||$146|
|Health plan***||N/A||$86 ($172 annually)|
|Dental plan***||N/A||$79 ($158 annually)|
*Additional eligibility requirements apply for students to obtain a UPass. To check your eligibility, visit our Upass page.
**Saitsa fees are paid per credit to a maximum amount of $146 per semester.
***Health and dental fees are charged per semester to an annual maximum amount of $172 for health and $158 for dental. In most cases, program fees quoted are based on students paying for a full year of health and dental coverage. International students are charged these fees regardless of course load. Domestic students with existing health and/or dental plans can opt-out. Learn more at saitsa.com/benefits.
Books and supplies*
For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a computer that meets the program's hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
Learn more about your tuition and financial aid options
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Your program orientation (ORNT 118) will be held online on Aug. 30. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.
Learn more about your orientation.
How to register for classes
Course registration opens on March 1 through March 15 for Spring 2023.
You’ll receive an email from us indicating what registration process you’ll use to enroll in your classes.
Learn more about how to register and the different registration methods used at SAIT.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
To support your success, short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.
Students taking a full-time course load, or more than nine (9) credits per semester, will be automatically enrolled in these courses.
They are optional for students taking a part-time course load (9 or fewer credits per semester). Part-time students can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
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Next steps for all students
Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!
Next steps for accepted students
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.
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