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Graduate Programs

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Security (PBC-IS)

This certificate is intended for students who already possess an undergraduate degree, are normally working in the IT sector, and are seeking work specifically in the information security sector.  Once the certificate is completed students will be qualified for positions in the following areas: Computer Security Specialist, Computer Specialist, Information Technology Specialist, Security Analyst, and System Analyst.

The program is designed for individuals looking for a highly relevant and immediately applicable, short-term learning project. It is a comparatively low-cost and low-risk alternative for individuals who have been away from formal learning for some time. The program also provides opportunity to ladder directly into the Master of Science - Information Systems (MSc IS) program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Analytics (PBC DA)

The certificate program is intended to provide professional development for those already working in the IT field.  It focuses on the data analytic teams as well as on the technical skills and tools required to analyze data.

The program is designed to attract individuals looking for a highly relevant and immediately applicable, short-term learning project. It is a comparatively low-cost and low-risk alternative for individuals who have been away from formal learning for some time, or who may lack confidence in their ability to succeed in graduate-level studies. This program also provides opportunity to ladder directly to the Master of Science (specialization in Information Systems) program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Technology Management (PBC ITM)

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Technology Management (PBC ITM) is intended to provided professional developement for those already working in the IT field. The focus on operations and organizational behaviour, along with ethical, legal and social issues, will complement an existing technical acumen to help those with managerial and consultancy roles. This program also provides opportunity to ladder directly to the Master of Science (specialization in Information Systems) program.

We will be accepting applications for this program starting March 1, 2013 for a program start date of January 1, 2013. We will also be accepting non-program applications starting March 1, 2013 for students wanting to register for courses in September 2013.

Master of Science (specialization of Information Systems) (MScIS)

The Master of Science (specialization in Information Systems) program is based on the MSIS 2006 Model Curriculum, with the additional rigour of a technology specialization within a broader context of changing IT industry needs. In particular, our curriculum emphasizes the tie between Information Systems and other disciplines such as Computer Science and Software Engineering.

The program is designed to provide a learning experience that is both flexible and rigorous, combining foundation, core and elective courses to accommodate a diverse range of educational credentials and professional work experience. The program aims to prepare graduates for key positions in the growing information technology and services sector of Alberta, Canada and worldwide.

Updated October 01 2015 by FST Technical Staff

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