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Master of Science - Information Systems - June 24, 2014
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I took a computer science course here and am now starting my Masters. I took my undergrad at a top university in Canada, University of Waterloo, and actually find the teaching method and materials much more interesting and better delivered than at Waterloo! I think the key to doing well in online studies is to pace yourself, study hard, and keep in contact with your TA. I found that by asking questions and talking with my TA I built a relationship with them and that helped me get through the whole online aspect (where sometimes you feel like your all alone studying for the whole course). Online courses are great. There is no travel time, all course materials are written down (unlike old fashioned professors at lectures!). By providing all of the detailed course notes its like they actually want you to learn and have access to the knowledge, unlike traditional lectures where they just want to see who is listening. Definitely would recommend it! It's a great school.

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MScIS - Athabasca University

Master of Science - Information Systems - November 1, 2012
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The Master of Science - Information Systems with Athabasca University, I'm currently finishing my last elective course before embarking on the Project route. So far this program and the professors have offered me what I was looking for, an array of interesting courses, accurate feedback about my assignments, and most importantly, the power to manage my own schedule. I'm so glad I took the right path when deciding what to do with my career, the main challenge? it has not been any course or assignment, it is just the fact that you must be able be discipline yourself, use every bit of spare time and work on your TME's, say goodbye to relaxation on the weekends if you work full-time. There is people who thinks the program could benefit from different media delivery models, but you what? working in IT, what you don't get is what you have to look for yourself. Up to this point I'm ok with what this program offers. This is the right one to go for ONLY if you know you have necessary tools and desire to expand your career.

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Good program but not much help from tutors

Master of Science - Information Systems - September 9, 2011
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AU is classified as a research university. Computer Science and Information System department holds three or four Canadian Tier 1 or 2 research chairs. I take this program to upgrade my credential, and get a chance to do something really significant(the final integration project or thesis). I was granted exemption for all IS foundation courses, and I am half way into my Master of Science degree. The courses are rigorous and demanding, but there is not much help from the tutors. Mostly learn everything by myself by completing the numerous research paper assignments. Each course had at least 3 to 4 research assignment and may be plus a final examination. Some other students in my class really struggled with their research papers, but for me, I can now write a good quality IS research paper without any problem. This is very similar to my B.C.I.T. bachelor of technology degree where I was given projects after projects in computer programming and system design. After some course from B.C.I.T., I have no trouble completing any programming and system design projects. AU is really not for everyone. If you cannot learn by yourself, then you are wasting money with these kind of programs. If you think Athabasca U's on-line programs are an easy way to get a degree, then you are wasting your money. There tuition fee is reasonable, $1400 (2011) for a 3 credit master level course, including text book (if any). They also charge for course extension and other fees, but these are normal for any college/university. There tutors/professors are all PhDs and some academic coordinators(who also teach) have Master degree. Some do provide really feedback to my assignments but some just send me a mark. Will I recommend this program to others? Yes, if you are smart and have good self discipline.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful

A great experience

Master of Science - Information Systems - August 18, 2011
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I am into my second year of the MScIS program and so far my experience with the institution has been nothing but positive. The MScIS program is well structured and the instructor team is experienced and extremely competent in their field. In fact, each instructor I've had so far was an accomplished researcher as well. Add to that the fact that AthabascaU is a public, non-profit institution, and you have another of my reasons for putting my trust in Athabasca rather than the many other privately-owned online degrees providers I have reviewed. I have read many of the negative reviews and rants about the institution, so I suppose I should feel fortunate to have had such a great experience. But let's face it: this is distance education, and succeeding in this program requires self-discipline, self-motivation and self-learning skills. You just can't expect to have the instructor guide you every step of the way. And yes, a textbook by mail is what you get most of the time. No live/recorded lectures. But at least, AthabascaU has a decent learning management systems (Moodle) that provides guidance and allows the "class" to interact through discussion forums and messaging. And yes, course fees are somewhat higher than regular classes, but this is a very small price to pay for the convenience and flexibility the program affords. I am now embarking onto the final journey of the program on the thesis route, and I have been fully integrated into one of Athabasca's research groups. The group is geographically dispersed, but with the use of technologies such as Skype and Adobe Connect physical distance simply does not come into play! Quite a clean departure from preconceived notions of distance learning! In light of the above, I will not hesitate to recommend Athabasca to my colleagues. Again, this is not for the faint of heart, I actually found the program to be more demanding than traditional in-class curricula. But the payoffs have been substantial so far for me!

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Master of Science - Information Systems

Master of Science - Information Systems - May 17, 2011
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The MSc IS program helps people with an IT/CS background to upgrade their knowledge and become familiar with the current IT and Internet technology. Doing this course online requires from the students to use Internet technology throughout the program. The course curriculums are mostly very useful for software and IT practitioners. I finished the MSc IS program and benefit a lot from this program in my work as a software developer and system archtitect. People not capable of finishing this program provide often a negative feddback, but people who successfully finished the MSc IS program tell a different story. I highly recommend the Athabasca University MSc IS program, distance education is the future and the importance of IT is still growing.

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Master of Science - Information Systems

Master of Science - Information Systems - March 11, 2010
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A good quality program covering Information Technology, Computer Science, Business and Education.

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A good generalist IT degree

Master of Science - Information Systems - June 11, 2008
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Could use more sophisticated online learning tools...but in general a good quality program for the IT professional

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