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Master of Science in Information Systems

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  • Credential: master's degree
  • Credits: 30 or 39
  • Next start: see program details

Analyze and synthesize information systems concepts and skills and apply management principles to the information technology industry with Athabasca University's online Master of Science in Information Systems.

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About Master of Science in Information Systems

Our Master of Science in Information Systems (MScIS) program is designed to equip you with both the technical and managerial skills needed for a fulfilling career in the ever-evolving IT and services sector. You'll dive into a range of topics, from database design and intelligent systems to ethical considerations in IT, all while having the freedom to specialize through various focus areas. Graduates can expect to find rewarding opportunities in academia, industry, government, and even entrepreneurial ventures, as you'll be prepared to take on roles in information systems management, IT project management, and software design, among others.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree in a related area or equivalent education and experience.

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Program details


You will develop innovative strategies to address issues in systems integration, project and change management, digitalization, and new areas in computing such as:

  • information technology management
  • information systems development
  • data analytics
  • information security
  • intelligent systems
  • cloud computing
  • health informatics
  • learning technology
  • bioinformatics
  • environmental data analytics

Our curriculum emphasizes the tie between information systems (IS) and other disciplines, such as computer science and software engineering. Core courses cover both technical and managerial topics, including:

  • enterprise information management
  • enterprise modeling
  • artificial intelligence
  • data mining
  • ethical, legal and social issues in IT

The program also includes an integrating capstone component and a required course in research methodology. Current and emerging concepts and technologies are studied through focus areas.

Application deadlines and start dates

Application deadline Start date
March 1 Fall
Oct. 1 Winter

The Master of Science in Information Systems is a 39-credit online graduate program. There are 2 intakes each year: in Sept. and Jan. Most courses are online grouped study, with defined start and end dates.

Routes and options

There are 3 options for the career track component:

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Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 2.5 to 3.5 years of full-time study, depending on your academic and employment background. You can take up to 5 years to complete all requirements.

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