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Master of Science in Information Systems

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At a Glance

Analyze and synthesize information systems concepts and skills and apply management principles to the Information Technology (IT) industry with Athabasca University’s online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSc IS).

Q: Why take the Master of Science in Information Systems?

A:

The MSc IS program will prepare you for key positions in the growing IT and services sector, including:

  • information systems management
  • IT project management
  • software design
  • research implementation and development

Q: How long will it take to complete?

A:

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.

Program Overview

Analyze and synthesize information systems concepts and skills and apply management principles to the Information Technology (IT) industry with Athabasca University’s online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSc IS).

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

  • Data analytics
  • ubiquitous computing
  • social computing
  • green ICT (also called green IT or green computing)
  • cloud computing
  • adaptivity
  • intelligence

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:

  • database design
  • enterprise-wide network infrastructure
  • human-computer interaction
  • IS project management
  • ethical, legal and social issues in IT

Elective choices include courses in:

  • IS technology
  • IS management
  • IS development
  • intelligent information systems
  • e-services

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

Why take the Master of Science in Information Systems?

The MSc IS program will prepare you for key positions in the growing IT and services sector, including:

  • information systems management
  • IT project management
  • software design
  • research implementation and development

Choosing the thesis route will prepare you to pursue your PhD in Information Systems.

Program details

The Master of Science in Information Systems is a 39-credit online graduate program.  See the residency requirement for more details.

There are 2 intakes each year, in September and January.

Most courses are online grouped study, with defined start and end dates.

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