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Majors & Degrees

Timelines & Requirements (MSIS)

The Master of Science in Information Systems program accepts online and on campus students in the Fall and Spring semesters.

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Admission requirements

Requirements to apply

  • A bachelor’s degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • Transcripts that show completion of courses in business fundamentals and information systems
  • If you don’t have the coursework or experience in the knowledge areas of business and information systems, you can still be accepted, however you might be required to take foundational courses as part of your formal Plan of Study. You may also be required to demonstrate competency.
  • International applicants must have a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree in the U.S.
  • No GRE scores required

Application deadlines (domestic students)

Please submit your application by:

  • August 15 for admission for the following Fall semester
  • November 15 for admission for the following Spring semester

Application deadlines (international students)

Please submit your application by:

  • April 15 for admission for the following Fall semester
  • November 1 for admission for the following Spring semester

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Application materials checklist

  • Completed online application
    • Submit the $35 application fee.

    • After submitting your online application, you can log into your application portal to complete any remaining application documents and check the status of your application.

  • 3 letters of recommendation
    The person writing the recommendation must complete the survey letter for you to upload directly to the application portal (instructions and template included in application portal). 
  • Official transcripts 
    Official transcripts should show a conferred bachelor's degree. Transcripts with graduate credit can be submitted for credit-transfer consideration. 

    All official trancripts can be submitted to DSU-GraduateAdmissions@dsu.edu.
  • Goal statement/purpose of study 
    • There is no required formatting for your goal statement/purpose of study in the application process, but be as straightforward about your goals and aspirations as possible. Try to organize your thoughts in an essay/narrative format. Our Admissions Committee wants to know:
      • Why this degree?
      • Why now?
      • What do you wish to do with the degree upon completion?
      • What skills do you possess that will help you succeed?

Additional application requirements for international applicants only

  • Bank statement
    Can be submitted once accepted.
  • Certificate of responsibility
    Can be submitted once accepted.
  • Copy of passport
  • English proficiency documentation
    For scoring requirements, visit here.
  • Immunizations
    For all students planning on attending on campus programs, can be submitted once accepted.

Assistantship application deadline for on-campus/full-time students

Competitive Assistantships are available for this program for full-time, on-campus students only. You can indicate on your application if you wish to be considered for an assistantship award. A separate Assistantship Application and Resume are required in the application portal if you wish to apply.

  • April 15 – deadline for Fall assistantship applications
  • November 15 – deadline for Spring assistantship applications


How much does the program cost? 
DSU bills tuition per credit hour and the cost varies between online coursework and on-campus coursework. You can review the breakdown of costs per credit here: DSU Tuition Costs 

Does this program require the GRE to apply?  
No, DSU does not require a GRE score for graduate program applications.

The GRE is only required if you are applying for a graduate assistantship (outside of athletics). Preferred GRE scores should be around 320 or higher to be considered for an Assistantship. Online Students are not eligible for Assistantship Awards. 

Does DSU require English proficiency scores for international applicants? 
Yes, please visit International Admissions Requirements for more information on English Proficiency requirements and additional application materials required for International Applicants.

How long does the program usually take to complete? 
For part-time students, the program can take 2-3 years to complete (1 class at a time). For full-time students, the program can take 1-1.5 years to complete 2-4 classes at a time).

Are assistantship awards available? 
Yes, Competitive Assistantships are available for Full-Time On-Campus Graduate Students that are accepted into this program. GRE scores are required for consideration. Online Students are not eligible for Assistantship Awards.

Can the application fee be waived? 
The $35 application fee is required for all programs and cannot be waived by University Policy.

When can I expect to hear if my application has been accepted?
Depending on the program, admission decisions may take up to several weeks after submitting all application materials or after the application deadline. 
You can always refer back to the portal to check on your application status, or if there are any remaining requirements needed: apply.dsu.edu/apply.

Have a question not answered here?
Contact GradOffice@dsu.edu for additional support.

Graduation requirements

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your MSIS Plan of Study within the five-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, which allow up to 9 credits transferred from other universities.
  • 18 credit hours of core courses including a capstone, policy, and strategy course.
  • 9 credit hours of career track specialization coursework.
  • 3 credit hours of either elective graduate-level coursework or an information integration project.
  •  A comprehensive exam.

Program completion

You can choose to earn your MSIS as a full-time or part-time student. Full-time students can usually complete the program in under two years. For part-time students, the completion time depends on the number of credit hours taken per semester.

Please note that you are required to complete the MSIS program within five years of the semester of your first course.

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Office of Graduate Studies and Research
(605) 256-5799

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