In the current national and geopolitical context, compounding factors underscore a growing concern for Canada’s cybersecurity. The cybersecurity risk Canadians face is increasing year over year, as more individuals and organizations move online and more public and private services are digitized.
In tandem with this trend, the frequency and complexity of cyber threats are growing. Moreover, an increasing number and range of malicious cyber actors now have relatively easy access to exploitation tools and tradecraft to access networks and online information for purposes of intelligence, power, profit, or intimidation. It follows, then, that cyber incidents have and will continue to have an increased impact on Canadians and Canadian governments and businesses as operations and services are disrupted, privacy is breached, critical information is stolen, critical infrastructure is attacked, recovery costs soar and reputational damage is incurred.

The new Cybersecurity Collaborative Specialization builds on Carleton’s internationally recognized excellence in the many and diverse facets of cybersecurity. Working alongside professors from across the disciplines – including international affairs, critical infrastructure protection, computer engineering, computer science, and information technology – and with private and public sector cybersecurity stakeholders from across Canada, students participating in this specialization will grapple with building stronger technological systems, processes, and platforms, developing international norms, laws, and standards for cyberspace, and better consider the nexus between human rights, governance, security, and technology.

Options for this specialization


  1. The course must include at least one major assignment with a significant data science component. The selected course must be approved by the School and Institute for Data Science. An accepted data science specialization course from outside the School can be used for this requirement with approval.
  2. All students must complete the 0.5 credit economics course for their designated field, or an approved alternate economics course.  For students in the IEP field both INAF 5308 and INAF 5309 , or approved equivalent, must be completed.
  3. For elective courses, 1.5 credits of the total required 5.0 credits may be selected from courses offered in other departments, with a maximum of 1.0 credit from a single department and a maximum of 1.0 credit selected from fourth year undergraduate courses. Any course not identified as an INAF 5000-level course must be approved by the M.A. Program Supervisor.
  4. Students must successfully complete an examination in second language proficiency administered by Carleton University’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies, or meet the equivalent standard as determined by the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. Details of the language requirement are provided on the School website.