Applications for admission to the MSc IS Program are submitted online, including payment of the application fee.
Complete all components of the online MSc IS program application. Each component must be finalized.
Click on the "Proceed to Final Review" button in the checklist after all components have been completed and submitted. At that point you will no longer have access to view or modify your application
You can make changes or additions to your application at any time prior to the application deadline (and prior to submitting your application for final review). You will be able to track completion of various components of the online application through an online Application Checklist.
To check your application status, log into your myAU Portal and click on the link titled "SCIS Graduate Student Admission System".
The status of your application will appear as "Under Review" if all steps have been completed and the application has been submitted for final review. All applications will be reviewed for approval during the two week period after the application deadline. Note: telephone confirmation will not be provided.
If the status of your application appears as "Review Complete", your application has been processed. Click on the link beside your status to review the results of your application.
Track receipt of hardcopy 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 letters of reference, transcripts, credential assessments (if required), and CIPS ISP designation or equivalent.
Request that the institution you graduated from send an official transcript(s), including date of graduation, the Bachelors degree granted, and any graduate-level courses you have completed to the MSc IS Office. Transcripts must be received directly from the accredited institution(s).
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:
1. NACES - National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
Contact NACES at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. CICIC - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.
3. AACRAO - American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission
Contact IES at: (202) 296-3359 or email: email@example.com.
When requesting an assessment please select the assessment type that includes a description of the course work that lists the courses completed towards credential if you would like to considered for Advanced Standing.
Letters of Reference
All letters of reference must be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment by the referees to the School of Computing and Information Systems. Athabasca University will not accept letters of reference not received directly from referees. Applicants may download the MSc IS Reference Template to send to the referees:
*It is the applicant's responsibility to notify his or her referees, that, in accordance with the Province of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, in the information contained in the letter of reference is not considered to be confidential and it may be viewed by the applicant upon request. For more information contact us.
CIPS ISP designation or equivalent.
World Education Services (WES) or International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS) ((if required)).
For applicants without Canadian citizenship: Photocopy of either permanent resident documentation or study authorization/permit will need to be provided.
Please note that a students 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.
Students, once admitted as program students, will be considered to have MSc IS program status. Where applicable, the following official documentation must be received before your application can be processed.
Ensure that all documentation is directed to:
Master of Science - Information Systems
School of Computing and Information Systems
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3
Updated January 21 2016 by FST Technical Staff