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Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit

Advanced Standing 

Students may be eligible for advanced standing through evaluation of coursework applicable to the MSc IS program completed at other post-secondary institutions. Advanced Standing is implemented primarily through exemptions from IS Foundation courses.

Exemptions from IS Foundation courses

Flexible entrance requirements recognize the range of academic credentials held by IT professionals applying to the program.

  • Exemptions from IS Foundation courses are based on appropriate undergraduate or graduate academic credentials supported by relevant professional-level work experience.
  • Advanced standing is limited by program residency requirements.
  • An applicant may gain exemptions for a maximum of nine (9) credits through this process.

Depending on the incoming student's credentials, the IS Foundations of the MSc IS program may be completed in as few as three credits (one course) or may require a maximum of 12 credits (four courses).  That is, to meet the MSc IS Foundation requirements, a student should completed or get exempted from three of the following courses in addition to mandatory COMP 601:  COMP 501, COMP 503, COMP 504, COMP 505, COMP 506.

Transfer Credit

Students can apply for transfer credits on the basis of appropriate graduate level coursework completed at other post-secondary institutions.  These courses should be completed before joining the program.

Transfer credit is limited by the MSc IS Program residency requirements.  The transferred credit cannot be applied toward foundation courses.  The coursework should be less than seven years old at the time of application to the transfer of credits.

Only graduate level courses that were successfully completed with a final grade of B- (70 percent) or higher, will be considered for transfer credit.

Requests for Transfer Credit should be made AFTER the applicant is admitted to the program.

To apply for Transfer Credit, please complete the following steps:

1)    Carefully review the Transfer Credit allowance for the program.  You can access the program residency requirements and the program courses from the program regulations.
2)    Complete the Transfer Credit Assessment form, making sure to include the following information for each course:

(a)  A clear indication of which COMP course in the MSc IS program you are targeting by the transfer,
(b)  Complete information about the course you have completed (course title and number, institution, and number of credits).

3)    Submit a complete syllabus for each course, including course description, learning outcomes or objectives, list of the course material, outline of covered topics, and course regulations related to mark for a passing grade.
4)    Pay a non-refundable transfer credit evaluation fee for each course at the time of application for the transfer credit.

Laddering the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Information Technology Management (PBC-ITM), Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Data Analytics (PBC-DA), and Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Information Security (PBC-IS) into the Master of Science in Information Systems

Students who are admitted to the MSc IS after completing one of the post-baccalaureate certificates (PBC-ITM, PBC-DA, and PBC-IS) will be able to transfer completed AU Graduate COMP courses towards their Master's program.  Courses completed with the certificates will be considered for credit toward the MSc IS if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • The course work is less than seven years old at the time of admission to the program.
  • The course satisfies the lowest acceptable grade specified in the MSc IS program regulations.

AU Graduate courses completed as non-program students will be considered for credit toward the MSc IS.  These courses must also be less than seven years old at the time of admission and must satisfy the lowest acceptable grade.

Updated October 13 2015 by FST Technical Staff

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