May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Database Administrator

Location(s): Blended (Main Campus & Online)

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A database administrator plays a crucial role in managing and maintaining databases within an organization. You ensure the availability, security, integrity and performance of the databases that store critical data.  

This program may be for you if you have existing relational database knowledge and an interest in computers and information technology.

In this program, you will learn:

  • how to use database administration tools from industry leaders like Oracle and Microsoft and gain proficiency in managing databases on Windows and Linux platforms, commonly used in enterprise environments
  • how data is organized, structured and related within these databases
  • to design efficient and scalable database systems, master data modelling, and normalization techniques while creating database schemas that meet business requirements
  • how to create, design and optimize database systems for speed, responsiveness and scalability
  • to be proficient at ongoing database maintenance tasks
  • to implement robust backup and recovery plans to safeguard data integrity
  • to implement security measures to safeguard data from unauthorized access and security threats, a top priority for organizations to protect sensitive information.

Apply your knowledge and skills as a database system administrator to real-world computer science scenarios. Hands-on experience in a practicum placement will prepare you to tackle the challenges and complexities of database administration in actual work settings.

Database technology is continuously evolving. As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for a career in a dynamic field as an asset to organizations relying on data-driven decision-making.

Potential roles include Oracle database administrator, database developer, data analyst or database architect.

Due to the tight integration of the courses in the Database Administrator program, credit for prior learning is unavailable.

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Those working in the database administration field tend to be innovative, methodical and directive.  

You need:

  • to learn quickly, think logically and study information
  • to build abstract structures that represent complex relationships
  • to focus on details without losing sight of the whole
  • an awareness of legal, policy and privacy restrictions
  • speaking, listening and writing skills
  • to work on a team
  • an active interest in keeping up with changes in technology.

This program is designed for learners with existing IT literacy. We strongly recommend you have prior experience with relational databases (like Microsoft Access) and operating systems (like Linux/Unix, Windows.)

To do well in this field, you should enjoy working with a variety of people in a team setting and solving problems.

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

During your final semester, you’ll participate in a practicum at a participating company, providing you with a realistic taste of the technology industry and the opportunity to network with a potential employer. 

Accreditations, designations or certifications

This program, offered in conjunction with the Oracle Workforce Development Program, includes core Oracle Education courses needed to challenge the Oracle Certified Professional Database Administrator designation. 

With additional relevant work experience and exam preparation study, you will be prepared to successfully challenge and complete the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Database Administration designation. 


Upon successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a SAIT Database Administrator certificate.

Program length

40 weeks

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG

This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Data scientists (21211)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (21223)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of one of the following courses or equivalents:

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent, or
  • a minimum of two years of post-secondary education from a recognized university, institute or college.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Database Administrator certificate requires 39 credits (18 courses) to complete.

The program spans 40 weeks, with three semesters.

Suggested schedule of study


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Advanced Digital Technology program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School for Advanced Digital Technology.

Phone: 403.284.8543

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