Please read all the application procedures carefully prior to commencing with your application. You may want to print a copy for your reference.
There are two program intakes per year. The SCIS Graduate Office must receive all application materials by March 1 for consideration to the program for Fall semester, and by October 1 for consideration to the program for the Winter semester.
Applications for admission to the PBC Information Security program are submitted online, including payment of the application fee.
IMPORTANT: If you have been a student at Athabasca University (AU) or have received an AU student ID number as part of a previous application:
Proceed to the SCIS Graduate Student Admission System.
Select the "Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Security" option to start your application.
Click on the "Proceed to Final Review" button in the checklist after all components have been completed and submitted. At that point you will no longer have access to view or modify your application.
You can make changes or additions to your application at any time prior to the application deadline (and prior to submitting your application for final review). You will be able to track completion of various components of the online application through an online Application Checklist.
To check your application status, log into your myAU Portal and click on the link titled "SCIS Graduate Student Admission System".
Complete all components of the online program application. Each component must be finalized.
Track receipt of hardcopy documents and the status of your application online through the online Application Checklist. It is your responsibility to ensure that all components of your application package have been received by the application deadline. Allow sufficient time prior to the deadline for receipt of letters of reference, transcripts, credential assessments (if required), and CIPS ISP designation or equivalent.
Request that the institution you graduated from send an official transcript(s), including the date of graduation, the Bachelors degree granted, and any graduate-level courses you have completed to the SCIS Graduate Office. Transcripts must be received directly from the accredited institution(s).
Applicants submitting any official documents (e.g., transcripts) in a language other than English must provide an official translation of such documents. If the credential being submitted has been earned outside North America, documentation attesting to its equivalence to a North American baccalaureate is required. Such documentation can be provided through:
When requesting an assessment please select the assessment type that includes a description of course work that lists the courses completed towards credential.
All letters of reference must be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment by the referees to the School of Computing and Information Systems. Athabasca University will not accept letters of reference not received directly from referees. At least one of the references must be from someone familiar with the applicant's academic performance and aptitudes, if academic credentials from the last five years are submitted as part of the admissions application. References from employers should comment on the applicant's technical ability, experience and work record in information systems. Letters of reference from family, friends and colleagues are not acceptable.
Applicants may download the SCIS Reference Template to send to the referees.
*It is the applicant's responsibility to notify his or her referees, that, in accordance with the Province of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information contained in the letter of reference is not considered to be confidential and it may be viewed by the applicant upon request. For more information, contact us.
Please note that a student's application file will automatically go inactive 12 months after the initial application date, if the student does not proceed with the application process and/or there has not been any contact with the School of Computing and Information Systems.
Students, once admitted as program students, will be considered to have program status.
Where applicable, the following official documentation must be received before your application can be processed.
Ensure that all documentation is directed by mail or courier to:
PBC Information Security
School of Computing and Information Systems
1 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3
Note: All transcripts, references, test scores, and other documents become the property of Athabasca University and will not be returned to the applicants or forwarded to another program or institution.
Updated November 02 2016 by PBC IS Technical Staff