Please read the entire application procedures carefully prior to commencing with your application.
The following deadlines apply to non-program applications:
Late applications will not be reviewed and will be forwarded to the next available session.
Visiting students and prospective students who have not yet been admitted to the MSc IS program may be permitted to register in MSc IS courses for which they have the appropriate prerequisites in up to three courses on a first-come, first-served basis, space permitting.
Courses taken as a non-program student can be applied toward the SCIS graduate program, if and when a student becomes a program student. Grades on courses completed as a non-program student will be considered in the admission process. However, successful completion of courses as a non-program student does not guarantee admission into a SCIS graduate program.
Non-program students must meet the following application requirements:
Applications for admission as a non-program student to MSc IS are submitted online, including payment of the application fee.
IMPORTANT: If you have been a student at Athabasca University (AU) or have received an AU student ID number as part of a previous application:
Complete all components of the online non-program application. Each component must be finalized.
Track receipt of hard copy documents and the status of your application online through the online Application Checklist. It is your responsibility to ensure that all components of your application package have been received by the application deadline. Allow sufficient time prior to the deadline for receipt of transcripts, credential assessments (if required), and CIPS ISP designation or equivalent.
Applicants submitting any official documents (e.g., transcripts) in a language other than English must provide an official translation of such documents. If the credential being submitted has been earned outside North America, documentation attesting to its equivalence to a North American baccalaureate is required. Such documentation can be provided through:
When requesting an assessment please select the assessment type that includes a description of course work that lists the courses completed towards credential.
Please note that a student's application file will automatically go inactive 12 months after the initial application date, if the student does not proceed with the application process and/or there has not been any contact with the School of Computing and Information Systems.
Ensure that all documentation is directed to:
SCIS Graduate Office
School of Computing and Information Systems
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3
Note: All transcripts, references, test scores, and other documents become the property of Athabasca University and will not be returned to the applicants or forwarded to another program or institution.
Information effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.
Updated April 14 2021 by laurab