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Athabasca University

Program Admission 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 judgment 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.


Information effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

Updated June 20 2016 by laurab

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