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Majors & Degrees

Timelines & Requirements

Admission requirements

Students are admitted into the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program in the fall and spring semesters. To be admitted, you must have the following:

  • 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 undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Satisfactory scores on the GRE. The test must have been taken within the last five years. The test can be waived if one of the following conditions is met:
    • A cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the US
    • Official admission into and demonstrated success in a regionally accredited graduate program in the US Demonstrated success is defined as grades of A or B in at least nine hours of graduate work
    • Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university in the US at least 15 years ago or more
  • Knowledge in Business Fundamentals and Information Systems

*If you do not have appropriate coursework or experience for our knowledge requirements, you may still be admitted if you meet other requirements. Additional coursework may be required. You may also be required to demonstrate competency.

Application deadline

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 application deadlines are subject to change, to accommodate available capacity and program needs. 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.

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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 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, 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
  • Nine credit hours of career track specialization coursework
  • Three credits of either additional graduate-level coursework or an information integration project
  • A comprehensive exam

Contact Us

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

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