Cybersecurity Governance, Risk, and Compliance

CREDENTIAL: Post-Degree Diploma

Learn to safeguard the systems of government, business and large institutions with cybersecurity practices to prevent online attacks.

Tuition: 32753*
Credential: Post-Degree Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-cybersecurity.pdf
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Jan

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Assess different governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) and security tooling, and choose which ones to implement within the organization.
  • Develop and manage projects using Project Management (PM) best practices.
  • Create a business case for a cybersecurity project and present the case using effective presentation skills and persuasive techniques.
  • Recognize emerging technologies and evaluate them using an appropriate framework.
  • Prepare for and deliver both written and verbal communications related to IT/security that are appropriate to the intended audience.
  • Plan and develop internal controls related to security in response to identified risks based on information and evidence obtained from stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the enterprise gaps to prepare or revise security policies, standards, and guidelines.
  • Apply different security and compliance frameworks in supporting audit activities (internal and external) and maintaining regulatory compliance certification requirements.
  • Design an incident response plan that includes identification of the roles of a cybersecurity incident response team.
  • Demonstrate ability to build rapport and trust with a variety of relevant parties and adapt to local business culture context.

What to expect

Students will engage with the material in this program through hands-on exercises and projects involving typical IT work situations, including scenarios from industry. Other instructional strategies include the use of case-studies and group discussions based around current events related to IT news, demonstrations, and reflective practice.

Class-time will utilize active learning strategies such as problem-based learning, simulations, writing exercises, and interactive classroom activities. Some classes may be delivered partially or fully online.

Admission requirements


  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution 

  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
    English Studies 12 with a minimum ‘C+ grade, or equivalent. Or, 
    English Language Proficiency at a minimum English 12 ‘C+ level 



  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • A keen interest in technology and in following technology trends. 

  • A desire to pursue industry certifications. 

  • Strong communication, leadership, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. 

  • Attention to detail. 

  • Appreciation for the value of organizational processes and procedures.

  • Proficient digital literacy skills. 

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students* may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.

PLAR is available for the following courses:

  • CYBR 1101 Cybersecurity Fundamentals
  • CYBR 1202 Project Management

Methods of PLAR vary by course, and may include exams, professional portfolios, interviews, performance assessments, and other evaluations.

If PLAR is successful, transcripts will reflect an ‘S’ grade (satisfactorily completed), which is not included in grade point average (GPA) calculations.

See VCC Policy and Procedures D.3.5 Prior Learning Assessment for more information.

*Note for international students requesting PLAR: Prior to proceeding with the PLAR request, please contact VCC International Education Advising to learn how PLAR can impact immigration status.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

10250 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 32753
Student union273
College initiative88
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource655
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 374
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 722
Program-specific extra fees0

This is an international cohort program. As international cohorts are exclusively for international students, international fees apply throughout the duration of the program.

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Jan 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
Apply to VCC international programs online. Check the application availability status for your desired program and intake before applying.

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