Timelines and Requirements

Here’s the all important info.

This program has its own unique application timelines and admissions requirements, in addition to the overall graduate admissions requirements.

Admission requirements for MSIS

We admit students into the MSIS program in the fall and spring semesters. For this program in particular, you need to have the following to be considered for admission:

A bachelor’s degree

You’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree. If you’re an international student, you must have a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.

A minimum GPA of 2.7

You’ll need a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) to be admitted.

Satisfactory GRE scores

We require that you show satisfactory GRE scores on a test taken within the last five years. The GRE requirement can be waived for applicants with a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.25 or other waiver criteria as listed in the general admission requirements.

Essential knowledge in both business and information systems

We ask that you have a fundamental knowledge of both business fundamentals and information systems when entering the MSIS program. This means:

  • You should be able to analyze organizational systems and take appropriate action with particular business structures, particularly overcoming resistance to change.
  • You must have knowledge of organizations and the role of IT professionals in developing, acquiring, and managing an information systems department.
  • You must have knowledge of systems, including setting a direction for information resources, managing technology resources, and managing the information systems function.
  • You must be familiar with both Windows and UNIX.
  • You must be able to use spreadsheets for computations and analysis, and create spreadsheets that support problem-specific decision-making activities.
  • You must understand the principles of programming and be able to program.

This knowledge requirement can be met in one or more of the following ways:

  • An undergraduate degree in MIS
  • Specific undergraduate or graduate coursework that covers the required knowledge
  • Appropriate, verifiable IS, IT, or management experience*

If you don’t have the appropriate coursework or experience to meet this knowledge requirement, you may still be admitted if you meet the other minimum requirements. However, you will be required to complete up to 9 additional credit hours of support courses throughout the MSIS program.

* If you are using experience to meet the knowledge requirement, you may be required to demonstrate competency.

Application deadline

Make sure you send in your application by:

  • June 15 for admission for the following fall semester. 
  • November 15 for admission for the following spring semester. 

Please be aware that the application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. It’s why we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

If you want to apply for an assistantship, please send in your assistantship form along with your application.

Graduation requirements

Our MSIS program requires a total of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your MSIS Plan of Study within the 5-year time limit
  • Achievement of a GPA of at least 3.0 (a "B" average), with no more than 6 credit hours of a "C" grade and no grade below a "C" in the courses on your Plan of Study
  • Satisfaction of Regental standards for residency, this is satisfied by completing all but a maximum of nine credit hours of your coursework at DSU (distance courses count as "at DSU")
  • 18 credit hours of core courses, including a capstone policy and strategy course
  • 9 credit hours of career track specialization coursework
  • 3 credits of either additional graduate-level coursework or an information integration project
  • A comprehensive exam

For more information, you can view our program courses or contact us.

Program completion

You can complete your MSIS on a full-time or part-time basis, whichever works best for your schedule. Full-time students generally complete the program in four or five semesters (2+ years), depending on how the knowledge requirements are met. 

For part-time students, the time it takes to complete your degree depends on the number of credit hours taken per semester.

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