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Athabasca University

Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics
Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics (GCDA) program must:

  • Hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in computer science, information systems, or a related area, or
  • Hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and have significant professional-level experience with information and communication technologies, or
  • Hold the Canada’s Association of I.T. Professionals Information Systems Professional (CIPS ISP) designation or equivalent.

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 provide adequate documentation to support their request as part of the application process.

Applications for program admissions will be considered only if the applicant has full and unrestricted Internet access.

If academic credentials are more than five years old, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide evidence that they have worked in an IT field within the past five years and that their knowledge and skills are current.

Admission by Exception

Individuals who do not meet the normal educational requirements of the program, but present other qualifications that indicate their potential for the specific graduate program, may be considered for admission, based on specific criteria.

Transfer Credit

Some applicants to the program may have completed graduate level course work at other post-secondary institutions that is applicable to the GCDA program. For details on policy and procedures related to transfer credit, please refer to the Graduate Transfer Credit Policy.

English Language Proficiency

There are minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements allowed for admission to a graduate program at Athabasca University. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.

Information effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Updated January 20 2021 by laurab

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