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IT Systems Management and Security

IT Systems Management and Security

Monitor, manage and resolve IT problems in enterprise-level computer networks.

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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
Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton Full time • In-class Seats available
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Waitlist
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available


If you have an interest in computer systems, networks and how they function, the IT Systems Management and Security program is for you.

In this program, you design the implementation and management of the core technologies that support information communication technology (ICT). These technologies include: UNIX/Linux and Windows network operating systems; local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN); security implementations to protect data and users and systems analysis and design (SAD).

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

  • Portfolio Development – 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 could work in the following positions:

  • Coordinator/manager
  • Systems/network integrator
  • Network security coordinator
  • Network administrator
  • Network support technician
  • Network designer
  • Technical support representative

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from expert faculty who bring years of industry experience to the classroom.
  • Courses are designed to give you a well-rounded experience that parallels industry workplaces.
  • You gain practical experience and apply your skills during work terms.
  • You graduate with a portfolio that captures your 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.

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
CSTN 4015   Help Desk and Customer Support
DBAS 1007   Data Fundamentals
HDWR 1700   Introduction to Hardware and Security
ICOM 1325   Project Management for IT
ICOM 3010   Self-directed Study
INFT 3000   Capstone
INFT 3075   Emerging Technologies
INFT 4100   Work Experience
ISEC 2700   Introduction to Information Security Practices
ISEC 3700   Introduction to Security Analysis and Implementation
ISEC 3800   Advanced Security Analysis and Implementation
NETW 1500   Introduction to NOS Administration
NETW 1700   Introduction to Networking and Security
NETW 2500   NOS Administration - Windows II
NETW 2700   Network Infrastructure
NETW 2710   Introduction to Cloud Computing & Server Virtualization
NETW 3500   Enterprise Management and Automation
NETW 3700   Hierarchical Network Infrastructure
OSYS 1000   Operating Systems - Linux
OSYS 1200   Introduction to Windows Administration
OSYS 3030   Network Services Using Linux
PROG 1700   Logic and Programming I
SAAD 1002   Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (ISM)
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act