- Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit their online application as soon as possible, even if official test scores and letters of recommendation have not yet been received.
- The online application will ask for personal information such as your address, Social Security number, country of citizenship and date of birth.
- The application includes several questions used to determine residency status for tuition purposes. All students should complete these questions regardless of current or former location. For more information about determining your residency status, please contact the Office of Residency.
- After submitting the application, you can verify that all materials have been received by logging into the application portal.
- Admissions decisions are typically returned 2-4 weeks after applications are completed. See notification dates.
- Note that the application process is completed entirely online. Please do not mail any application materials to our office.
- Please note that ALL application requirements, including official test scores and recommendations, must be received and processed by the deadline for consideration.
International applicants holding a three-year bachelor’s degree should contact the International Admissions office to determine if additional coursework will be needed before applying to a graduate program.
For international applicants who attended an institution that did not use a 4.0 GPA scale, transcripts will be evaluated by University of Utah International Admissions officers. Your GPA will be converted to a 4.0-scale equivalent after you submit your application. A third-party transcript evaluation is not required.
Please note that official GRE/GMAT scores take 2-4 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.
The University of Utah offers GMAT and GRE preparation courses through the Office of Continuing Education.
You may also consider using free online resources, such as:
- Khan Academy (quantitative section only)
- GMAT Prep Now YouTube Channel
- Kaplan GMAT YouTube Channel
- Dominate the GMAT YouTube Channel
- DoD MWR Library (for military personnel)
GMAT/GRE Score Information
- The MSIS Online program does not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement.
- It’s projected that the following scores will be competitive for admission:
- Average GMAT: 570-590
- Average GRE: 309-312
- For applicants who take the GRE, we convert all GRE scores to the GMAT scoring scale in order to maintain consistency when considering applications. You can use the ETS conversion tool to convert GRE scores to GMAT scores.
International applicants who do not hold a bachelor or graduate degree from a U.S. or English-speaking institution in accepted countries (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom) are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS standardized exam and submit an official score report.
Eccles School minimum score requirements:
- TOEFL: 85
- IELTS: 6.5
- Competitive score for admissions and scholarships: 90
Applicants who score below the minimums are strongly encouraged to retake the exam before submitting an application. A video interview may be required for admission. Please note the Eccles School has different minimum score requirements than the University.
Official TOEFL/IELTS scores take 2-4 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.
The best letters of recommendation will provide insight and specific examples of your potential to succeed in the competitive and challenging environment of a graduate program.
Other Points to Consider
- For applicants who have one or more years of professional, full-time work experience, we strongly recommend at least one recommendation come from a current or former employer.
- Choose someone who knows you well and can specifically address your professional or academic achievements.
- References of a personal or social nature are strongly discouraged.
- Where possible, recommenders should use company letterhead and email IDs when submitting recommendations.
- You are responsible for ensuring that both recommendations are submitted before the application deadline.
Recommendations are submitted online. You will be asked to supply the contact information, including e-mail addresses, for your recommenders on the online application. Your recommenders will then be sent a link to an online recommendation form. In addition to completing the form, your recommenders will have the opportunity to cut and paste or upload a letter of recommendation. All recommendations must be submitted online through this process. Paper recommendations are not accepted.
Essay 1 (required for all applicants) – 750 word maximum
Statement of Purpose – Use this essay to describe why you are choosing to pursue this degree at this time in your career. Include information about what you hope to achieve while in the program, goals for after the program, and why you’re passionate about technology.
Essay 2 (optional for all applicants) – 250 word maximum
The optional essay is truly optional and may be presented in 250 words or less. It should be used to address any weaknesses (low GMAT or GPA) or inconsistencies in your application. You may also use it to explain your choice of recommenders or to share any additional information you would like the admissions committee to know that hasn’t been previously addressed.
Tips for Writing your Essay
- Keep answers in a business context and framework.
- Focus your energy on painting a concise, complete, and well-thought-out picture of who you truly are, rather than present what you think the admissions committee is looking for in response to essay questions.
The MSIS Online program does not have a minimum work experience requirement for admission; however, having relevant work experience can strengthen your application.
You will then be asked to upload an unofficial transcript for each institution of higher education you have listed, regardless of length of attendance. This includes the University of Utah. An unofficial transcript for each institution must be submitted separately, meaning notation of accepted transfer credit does not replace the need for an unofficial transcript from the university from where credits were transferred. Your application will not be considered complete until all unofficial transcripts have been received, so please attach unofficial transcripts for each institution of higher education you have attended before submitting your application.
If you are having trouble uploading your transcripts due to file size, please email your documents to MSISinfo@Eccles.Utah.edu, note that your file size is too large, and our office will assist you.
Please note that official transcripts are not required during the application process.
If you are uploading transcripts from an international institution, please make sure to upload individual marksheets. We cannot accept a consolidated marksheet for evaluation.
An additional $30 fee will be charged for:
- Applications for summer submitted after March 15
- Applications for summer and fall submitted after April 1
Recommendations and essays are still required for applicants who qualify for this GMAT/GRE substitution. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for the IT Leadership substitution.
Please note that a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited, non-competency based institution is required to qualify for this substitution.
The MSIS Online program does not offer a GMAT/GRE substitution for applicants already holding a master’s degree.
To be eligible for the Fast Track program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a current, declared information systems major at the University of Utah or have received a Bachelor of Information Systems degree from the University of Utah within the last five years
- Complete seven of the eight upper-division IS courses at the University of Utah. Equivalents at other institutions are not accepted. Eligible courses include:
- IS 4410
- IS 4415
- IS 4420
- IS 4430
- IS 4440
- IS 4460
- IS 4470
- IS 4480
- Complete at least four of the required upper-division IS courses at the time of application.
- Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in upper-division IS courses.
- Maintain a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.4.
The Eccles School online application and essay are still required. Please note that approval for fast track application status does not guarantee admission to the MSIS Online program.
The MSIS Online curriculum is adaptive to both experienced and novice students. Faculty are adept at creating a challenging coursework for experienced students while at the same time ensuring a supportive and flexible experience for those new to information systems. Students who are new to IS are encouraged to seek out additional study resources, such as working with a study group, scheduling virtual meetings with professors, completing additional self-study, working with a tutor or following a Massive Open Online Course in addition to the MSIS Online class requirements.
For students with a non-technical background, we strongly suggest completing the co-requisite course before starting the program or during your first semester. Internships are also highly recommended for students to gain additional IS experience during the program.