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Honours Bachelor of Technology - Informatics and Security

Available: Fall, Winter

Program Description

This degree program provides you with the critical knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career in information security and network technology. You'll gain comprehensive knowledge of informatics, security and law, with practical applications that directly address critical business and communication requirements deemed essential by employers.

Upon graduation, you will have knowledge of the following principles of Informatics and Security:

  • security needs within and between organizations
  • analysis, design and implementation of distributed computer systems using current methodologies
  • a broad understanding of data communication principles, knowledge of operating systems and how each of the components that make up the infrastructure can be compromised
  • an understanding and ability to design, develop and implement secure information acquisition, transmission, and storage and retrieval practices with current industry standards, taking into account privacy, security and ethical issues
  • technology change and innovation
  • analysis of project and system requirements
  • deployment of security on a variety of platforms
  • project planning, implementation and management
  • research methodology
  • technology planning and acquisition

The curriculum reflects a progressively complex level of skill, knowledge and interpretation associated with Informatics and Security. In initial courses, you’ll focus on understanding and application of networks from the individual computer up to and including the world of connected computers. Later on, you'll learn a more abstract application of these same principles as emphasis shifts to developing analytical skills. In the final two years, you'll synthesize information to solve real business problems and demonstrate your knowledge in a co-operative work term.

The Informatics and Security degree is an eight-semester program held at Seneca’s state-of-the-art facilities at the York University campus, which is accessible via GO, TTC and YRT transit. You’ll enjoy small class sizes, hands-on labs, electronic classrooms, expert faculty and excellent student services as they contribute to increased student success.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are available for candidates with distinguished academic records in their high school careers. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to students based on merit and financial needs.

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Starting in September 2019, this program will be located at Newnham Campus.



8 Semesters (4 Years)

Credential Awarded

Honours Bachelor Degree

Your Career

There is an urgent need for IT graduates who can effectively manage diverse networks and are highly skilled in all aspects of cyber security, privacy and the protection of data. The Honours Bachelor of Technology – Informatics and Security (IFS) program prepares you for a fulfilling career in this field.

Work-Integrated Learning

Mandatory Degree Co-op

A work experience that includes at least one term in a formal work environment. In most cases the work term(s) is a paid position that is completed between two academic semesters and requires a minimum of 420 hours of work. Students must be in good standing and meet all identified requirements prior to participating in the work experience. The successful completion of the co-op work term(s) is required for graduation. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee that a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the mandatory co-op stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, or a mature applicant (21 years or older). Mature applicants should disclose all previous postsecondary transcripts which may be used for admission decisions.

Required courses - minimum final grade of 65% in each:

  • English: Grade 12 ENG 4 (U)
  • Mathematics: any Grade 12 (U)

Applicants must meet Seneca English Proficiency requirements for degree programs.

Although not required for admission, a senior level credit in Business and Computer Studies is recommended for success in the program.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

Seneca has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a five-year term starting February 12, 2014. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Seneca will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Seneca shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.


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416.491.5050 ext. 22840

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416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Asma Paracha 416.491.5050 ext. 33541

Program Interim Chair

Suzanne Abraham 416.491.5050 ext. 33265

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network