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Database Administrator

Open for Fall 2020

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: $17,133
Year 1 (International): $27,185

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


This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for Fall 2020 opens Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

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 93% 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.

Credentials and accreditation

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.

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.

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Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 are open Oct. 2, 2019.

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.

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 of information to understand the process and deadlines 

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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attending a selection appointment may be required.  International applicants and applicants applying from outside of Calgary will be able to conduct the selection appointment over the phone or the computer.
  • 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 to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Submit your ICT Fast-Track Career & Program Investigation form and proof of IT skills. 

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through

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 and the 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.
  • View additional Database Administrator program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.
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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $16,160 $462 $288 $235 $17,145

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $25,975 $462 $288 $460 $27,185


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • 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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

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.


School of ICT: Fast-Track

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."

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