Information Systems, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
  • English (book IELTS)
Athabasca University's MS in Information Systems program is based on the MSIS 2006 Model Curriculum, with the additional rigour of a technology specialization within a broader context of changing IT industry needs and leverage the rich and diverse resources within the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University.


The MS in Information Systems program from Athabasca University accommodates a diversity of educational credentials and professional work experience with information technologies:
  • Foundation courses are designed to remediate shortcomings in students' credentials and experience. In particular, the model specifies the business and information skills required as prerequisite to the rest of the curriculum.
  • Core courses are designed to advance students' knowledge and skills in the basics of information systems. Core courses include technical courses (e.g. database design, enterprise-wide network infrastructure, advanced topics in software engineering, human computer interaction, advanced distributed systems), and managerial courses (e.g. information systems project management, ethical, legal, and social issues in information technology) in addition to a required course in research methodology.
  • The elective career track component allows students to choose electives in information systems and one of the following routes: course based essay route (COMP 696), project route (COMP 697-699), or the research-intensive thesis route (COMP 676-680) to complete the program.
Program Features
  • AU's MSc IS degree enables access to educational opportunities in flexible ways so that students may achieve both the program goals and their personal and professional aspirations.
  • The distance delivery of the MSc IS program allows students to develop professional skills while continuing working in the workplace.
  • Distance education is often at the forefront of educational innovations in design and delivery of courses. This program is no exception, for it uses innovative techniques in both curriculum design and delivery.
  • Courses are characterized by instructional consistency; that is, objectives, information, and evaluation are clearly and directly related to each other. In addition, students are provided with regular feedback on their performance.
  • Frequent and timely interaction between students and instructors is a critical component of successful graduate education. Interaction between and among students is equally important. The use of computer-mediated communications supports these types of interactions, both for formal course work and for informal communications.
  • Every effort is made to accommodate students' needs and interests. The assessment of credentials and experience at admission is designed to credit all learning, including that achieved in non-traditional situations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Systems Development With Emerging Technology
  • Information Technology Hardware and Software
  • Object Structure and Programming
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior in Information Systems
  • Survey of Computing and Information Systems
  • Enterprise Information Management
  • Enterprise Computer Networks
  • Project Management for Information Systems
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Information Technology
  • Selected Topics in Software Engineering
  • Designing Real-Time Software
  • Green ICT Strategies
  • Mobile Computing
  • Enterprise Modeling
  • CAdvanced Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
  • Affective Computing
  • Social Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Statistical Language Processing for Text Analytics
  • Enterprise Information Security
  • Multiagent Systems
  • Theory of Computation
  • Data Mining
  • Introduction to Learning and Knowledge Analytics
  • Business Intelligence
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • Advanced Distributed Computing
  • Systems Development with Emerging Technology
  • Research Methods in Information Systems
  • Master's Essay
  • Integration Project
  • Integration Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants for admission to the MSc IS program must:

  • hold a baccalaureate degree in computer science, information systems, or a related area, or
  • hold a baccalaureate degree or higher and have significant professional-level experience with information systems (defined as follows: "Experience must be in a role requiring the use of a significant level of IT knowledge where a high level of independent judgement and responsibility are exercised"), or
  • hold the CIPS ISP designation or equivalent (Canadian IT Professional (CITP) or Certified Computing Professional (CCP) designation).

If the potential applicant does not have a degree, but believes his or her education and experience is equivalent to an undergraduate degree, then it is the responsibility of the applicant to put forward this position in writing as part of the application process.

Applications for program admissions will be considered only if the applicant has full and unrestricted access to the World Wide Web. Currency of academic credentials may be an issue if the candidate has not worked in the IT field for more than five years.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    4446 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22230 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 60 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3926 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19630 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 60 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • The total tuition cost for a student living in Canada who takes all their courses from Athabasca University, would be $19,630 ($1,510 x 13, three-credit course equivalents) and with the application, AUGSA, and admission fees the total would be $20,487.00. Extension and continuation fees are not included in the calculation.


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