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IT Database Administration

IT Database Administration

Learn to identify, organize and store information using industry techniques and specialized software.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Seats available


Information is the main commodity of all organizations. IT Database experts identify, organize, analyze and store this important asset.

Throughout the program, you gain a broad understanding of the IT field and develop in-depth skills around database management.

You learn to work with current industry tools to analyze, manipulate and administer database structures and the infrastructures. Your knowledge is developed and demonstrated through applied learning and best practices. An emphasis is placed on understanding business needs and translating them into technical ideas and solutions.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

Graduates of this program can work in the following positions:

  • Database engineer
  • Information analyst
  • Database programmer
  • System analyst
  • Data analyst
  • ETL engineer
  • Information privacy/security analyst
  • Data governance analyst
  • Data architect
  • Data quality assurance analyst
  • General ICT support

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from expert faculty who bring years of industry experience to the classroom.
    • You have opportunities to attend information and communications technology (ICT) functions, such as conferences, collaborative workshops and special interest groups.
    • You can use industry resources to gain further ICT knowledge and obtain vendor-specific certifications.
  • You graduate with a portfolio that captures your information management skills and achievements – a definite asset in a competitive job market.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • It's recommended you have a Grade 12 math credit, but this is not a requirement for admission to the program.
  • It's encouraged that applicants have strong verbal and non-verbal skills, and have an interest in solving challenging puzzles, innovating, leading and collaborating.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1700   Professional Practices for IT I
COMM 2700   Professional Practices for IT II
COMM 3700   Professional Practices for IT III
COMM 4700   Professional Practices for IT IV
DBAS 1007   Data Fundamentals
DBAS 2104   Business Analysis Essentials
DBAS 3018   Data Movement and Integration
DBAS 3021   Metadata Management
DBAS 3025   Information Governance
DBAS 3035   Information Systems Design
DBAS 3080   Database Backup and Recovery
DBAS 3085   Data Security
DBAS 4002   Transactional Database Programming
INET 3700   Server Operating Systems and Scripting
INFT 2007   Applied Semester Project I
INFT 3000   Capstone
INFT 4100   Work Experience
INFT 4100   Work Experience
ISEC 3050   Ethics and Law in Data Analytics
NETW 1300   Small Business Infrastructure
NETW 1700   Introduction to Networking and Security
OSYS 1000   Operating Systems - Linux
OSYS 1700   Introduction to Hardware and Operating Systems
OSYS 3017   Data Server Management in Linux
PROG 1400   Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
PROG 1700   Logic and Programming I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
WEBD 1000   Website Development
WORK 2510   IT Internship