(Regulations for program students enrolled for January 1, 2016 and later)
Program completion requirements for the MSc IS are dependent on the student's academic credentials and professional-level work experience: a recent graduate of a Computer Systems or Information Systems undergraduate program, or an IT professional with the right combination of academic credentials and work experience, may require as few as 30 credits. Others with less appropriate academic credentials and/or marginal professional-level work experience, may require the maximum of 39 credits.
The minimum and maximum credits for different routes are listed in the following table:
|Total (MSc IS)||30||39||30||39||30||39|
The IS foundations reflect a minimum level of prerequisite IS knowledge, and are required to prepare students for the IS core.
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 twelve credits (four courses).
Flexible entrance requirements are designed to recognize the range of academic credentials held by IT professionals applying to the program. Exemptions from IS foundations are based on appropriate undergraduate or graduate academic credentials supported by relevant professional-level work experience.
Advanced standing is limited by program residency requirements.
Depending on the incoming student's credentials, the IS Foundations of the MSc IS program may be completed in as few as three credits (COMP 601), or may require a maximum of twelve credits (COMP 601 + 3 other foundation courses). That is, to meet the MSc IS foundation requirements, a student should complete or get exempted from THREE of the following courses in addition to mandatory COMP601: COMP501, COMP503, COMP504, COMP505, COMP506.
The IS core is a consistent set of information systems core courses offered by all institutions granting similar credentials.
|COMP 602||Enterprise Information Management||(3)|
|COMP 604||Enterprise Computer Networks||(3)|
|COMP 605||Project Management for Information Systems||(3)|
|COMP 607||Ethical, Legal, Social Issues in Information Technology||(3)|
|COMP 610||Selected Topics in Software Engineering||(3)|
|COMP 638||Enterprise Modeling||(3)|
|COMP 648||Advanced Topics in Human-Computer Interaction||(3)|
|COMP 657||Artificial Intelligence||(3)|
|COMP 682||Data Mining||(3)|
|COMP 689||Advanced Distributed Systems||(3)|
|COMP 695||Research Methods in Information Systems |
(required for all students)
|COMP 617||Designing Real-time Software||(3)|
|COMP 635||Green ICT Strategies||(3)|
|COMP 636||Enabling Technologies for e-Commerce -Closed||(3)|
|COMP 637||Mobile Computing||(3)|
|COMP 649||Affective Computing||(3)|
|COMP 650||Social Computing||(3)|
|COMP 656||Cloud Computing||(3)|
|COMP 658||Computational Intelligence||(3)|
|COMP 659||Statistical Language Processing for Text Analytics||(3)|
|COMP 660||Enterprise Information Security||(3)|
|COMP 667||Multiagent Systems||(3)|
|COMP 674||Theory of Computation||(3)|
|COMP 683||Introduction to Learning and Knowledge Analytics||(3)|
|COMP 684||Business Intelligence||(3)|
|COMP 687||Advanced Topics in Emperical Software Engineering (under development)||(3)|
|COMP 688||Testing & QA Validation||(3)|
After students complete the foundations and core courses, they need to synthesize what they have learned. In the past neither synthesis nor integration were included in the curriculum. Furthermore, system integration is a pervasive aspect of IS practice. For this reason, the program includes an integrating capstone component. Current and emerging concepts and technologies are studied through "career tracks". These tracks allow students (within the competency and resources of the faculty) to "major" in a specific subject area for which there is demand, or to achieve breadth within a topic area or across a wider scope.
Integration can be viewed from three perspectives. Enterprise integration and integration of the IS function are management perspectives, and will not be pursued in the MSc IS at this time. The integration of IS technologies will be the main approach for MSc IS students integration courses or projects. This view concerns the development of an integrated IS enterprise architecture including the evaluation and selection from architectural and platform choices, priorities, and policies, the assessment of the impact of emerging technologies, evaluation of the role of standards, and evaluation of the effect of vendor strategies.
The requirements for the Career Track component of the MSc IS may be met in one of three ways:
The Master's essay is a single 3-credit requirement completed in addition to the foundations, core, and three career track courses. The essay provides a generalist rather than a specialist view, and may be a comprehensive critical survey of aspects of integration (applications, IS organization, and technology). Topics should show how different computer platforms and networks can be integrated to provide a flexible and efficient infrastructure for the organization. This course addresses both the WHAT and HOW of integration. The essay may identify significant open problems, but it is not expected to contribute significantly to their solution.
An essay supervisor is required, plus one additional reader. In addition to the essay, the student will be required to pass an oral examination on the contents of the Master's essay, to be administered by the essay supervisor and reader.
Note: COMP 696 Master's Essay is required for students who elect the Essay route.
The Integration Project requires completion of the IS foundations and core, a "career track" elective course, and a project that is considered equivalent in effort to three elective 3-credit courses. A project supervisor is required, plus one additional reader. This additional reader may be a faculty member or an industry resource person approved by the faculty. The project should deal with the development of technologies for intra- and inter-organizational systems in the form of an integrated technical architecture (hardware, software, networks, and data) to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing competitive and technological environment.
The project must also satisfy an acceptable combination of the following criteria:
Note: MSc IS students who elect to take the Project route are required to complete the following courses:
COMP 697Project I (Proposal Writing)
COMP 698 Project II (Implementation)
Project credits consist of three, three-credit elements, namely, COMP 697, COMP698, and COMP 699. These elements are not conventional courses; however, they are treated similarly for administrative purposes.
COMP697 (three credits): Decision Making, Research Methodologies, and Proposal Writing are the first element of project work. This three-credit course focuses on research methodologies and on the suitability and applicability of these methodologies to distance education research. In-depth analyses of masters-level proposals and projects will be carried out. All students taking the project route must successfully complete COMP 697 before they can register in COMP698.
COMP698 (three credits) is the second element of project work. Students can register in COMP698 any time after they have successfully completed COMP697, produced an acceptable project proposal, and have established a project supervisory committee consisting of a supervisor and two other committee members. Upon completion of COMP698, the implementation of the project research should be done.
COMP699 (three credits) is the final element of project work. Students should register in COMP699 in the term in which they anticipate completing the project report and in which they will schedule the oral defence and final project report revision of this work.
The Master's thesis is a five (5) three-credit course requirement completed in addition to the foundation, three core courses, and one elective course. The thesis must represent the results of the student's independent work after admission to the program. The proposed topic for the thesis, together with a brief statement outlining the proposed method of treatment, and the arrangement made for faculty supervision must be identified at the beginning of the program of study and approved by the program director. The thesis will be evaluated by the student's supervisor(s), and at least two examiners appointed by the graduate program director, one of whom shall be external to the School. The additional thesis examiners may be faculty members or industry resource persons approved by the program director.
Note: MSc IS students who elect Thesis route are required to complete the following courses:
COMP 676 Thesis I (Proposal Writing)
COMP 677 Thesis II (Research Stage 1)
COMP 678 Thesis III (Research Stage 2)
COMP 679 Thesis VI (Research Stage 3)
Thesis credits consist of five, 3-credit elements, namely, COMP 676, COMP677, COMP 678, COMP679, and COMP 680. These elements are not conventional courses; however, they are treated that way for administrative purposes.
The volatility of the subject matter requires that the degree of MSc IS must be completed within five academic years from the program admission date.
In the Master’s thesis-route, at the time of the Annual Progress Report review, when the student will be entering their final year of the expected time-to-completion the student and supervisor may determine that the student will be unable to fulfill all of the requirements of the degree within the remaining time left in the program. At this time the student may apply for a program extension.
In a course-based route, the graduate program director (or designate) may be the substitute for the supervisor. When the student is entering their final year of the expected time-to-completion, the student and the graduate program director may determine that the student will be unable to fulfill all of the requirements of the program within the remaining time left in the program. At this time the student may apply for a program extension.
For further information on Program Extension Requests please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Handbook.
A program extension (continuation) fee will be paid by the student upon approval of the program extension.
While enrolled in the program there may be situations in which students are temporarily unable to meet the program requirements at that time. One alternative for the student is to request a deferral in order to suspend the program requirements for a period of time. The maximum length of one deferral is one (1) year. In special circumstances, students may reapply for a second year of deferral during their time in their program. For further information on Program Deferrel Requests please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Handbook.
Updated October 01 2015 by FST Technical Staff