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Athabasca University

Study Plans / Change of Focus Area

Upon completion of four courses (which should include MAIS 601 and MAIS 602) students are required to submit a study plan to the MA-IS Office for approval by the MA-IS Director and/or Associate Director.

A Study Plan must list: (i) the courses to be taken, (ii) the student's chosen Focus Area(s) (maximum of two), and (iii) an explanation of how the listed courses contribute to the student's overall learning goal(s). Of the courses designated to a Focus Area, a minimum of 4 must be completed before a Focus Area in that area of study is awarded.

Students are required to use the Study Plan below as a template.

Students who wish to declare 2 specializations must contact the MA-IS Office to obtain the permission of the Director or Associate Director. Applications for permission must include: a complete list of courses, the sequence and timeline within which they will be completed, and an explanation as to how the Specializations will contribute to either the MAIS 701 Final Project or the MAIS 700 Capstone Course, depending upon which one you intend to take to complete your MA-IS degree (for more information see Final Completion Courses).

Students who wish to declare an Independent Track focus area must contact the MA-IS Office to obtain the permission of the Director or Associate Director. The Independent Track is reserved for highly motivated students who have demonstrated excellence in their previous studies. Applications for permission must include: a proposed list of courses, the sequence and timeline within which the listed courses will be completed, and an explanation as to how the listed courses relate to one another and contribute to the student's overall learning goal(s). For further information on the Independent Track, please contact the MA-IS Office.

Updated February 24 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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