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Database Administrator

Open for Fall 2021

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

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Winter 2021 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. Learn more


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

The 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.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students possessing prior experience with relational databases (for example, Microsoft Access) and operating systems (for example, 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 additional exam preparation study, you will be prepared to successfully challenge and complete the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Database Administration designation. 

Discount vouchers are available to qualified students.


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

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Career opportunities

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 per year*

Year 1: $18,028 
Year 1 (International): $29,107

Year 1: TBA 
Year 1 (International): $28,350 (+fees TBD)

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

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Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 opens Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020 until the program start date but are subject to change.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

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

Direct Entry: four step process

Please complete these steps to learn more about the program you have chosen and confirm that this is the right training for you for your chosen career path.

Step 1: Read the program information on the website and review this program presentation to learn more about student expectations during the program.

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

Step 3: Apply for the program.

Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

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.

Communication during admissions

Email is the primary source of communication during the admissions 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 sender's 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 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.


Program outline

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.

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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-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

Semester 3

Course code Course name Credit
DBAD-390 Database Administration Practicum 3.0
Program total 39.0


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.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Rocky Mountain College
  • SAIT

To learn more, visit  transfer options.


2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 16,806 $682 $288 $252 $ 18,028

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $27,794 $682 $288 $344 $29,107

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 fees and program total.

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $28,350 $- $- $- TBA

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year

  • Bring Your Own Device program approx. $1,000 - $1,500 for a laptop that meets the minimum BYOD requirements 

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

*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.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Fall 2020


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

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

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


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