MS in Information Systems


Athabasca University

Athabasca, Canada

About Course

Key information
: 4 Year
Study Type
: Full Time
Tuition fees
: 12.00 CAD / Per Year
Exam Accepted
: IELTS 6.0/9 | TOEFL 80/120 | PTE 60/90
Exam Intake
: Sep
Conditional Scholarship
: NA
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  • Analyze and synthesize information systems concepts and skills and apply management principles to the Information Technology (IT) industry with Athabasca University’s online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSc IS).

    You will develop innovative strategies to address issues in systems integration, project and change management, digitalization, and new trends in computing such as:

  • Data analytics
  • ubiquitous computing
  • social computing
  • green ICT (also called green IT or green computing)
  • cloud computing
  • adaptivity
  • intelligence
  • Our curriculum emphasizes the tie between Information Systems (IS) and other disciplines, such as Computer Science and Software Engineering. Core courses cover both technical and managerial topics, including:

  • database design
  • enterprise-wide network infrastructure
  • human-computer interaction
  • IS project management
  • ethical, legal and social issues in IT
  • Elective choices include courses in:

  • IS technology
  • IS management
  • IS development
  • intelligent information systems
  • e-services
  • The program also includes an integrating capstone component and a required course in research methodology. Current and emerging concepts and technologies are studied through career tracks.

    Why take the Master of Science in Information Systems?

    The MSc IS program will prepare you for key positions in the growing IT and services sector, including:

  • information systems management
  • IT project management
  • software design
  • research implementation and development
  • Choosing the thesis route will prepare you to pursue your PhD in Information Systems.

    Program details

    The Master of Science in Information Systems is a 39-credit online graduate program.  See the residency requirement for more details.

    There are 2 intakes each year, in September and January.

  • Application deadlines
  • Most courses are online grouped study, with defined start and end dates.

Entry Requirement

  • Applicant must have bachelor degree.

Application Process

  • Completion of high school in an English-speaking country.
  • Completion of 15 university credits from a recognized English-speaking university, or 1 year at a non-university post-secondary institution with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).
  • Minimum score of 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Minimum score of 60% on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL).
  • Minimum score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) test.
  • Minimum score of 59 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
  • Minimum score of 213 on the computer- or paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • Minimum score of 80 with an essay score of 20 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
  • Successful completion of AU’s English Language Proficiency Program with an overall average of 75% (GPA of 3.0).

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