Admission Requirements
School of Business Online Application
  • 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.

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Bachelor's Degree

MSIS applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. An academic or employment background specifically in business is not required to apply for the MSIS program.

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.

Minimum GPA

Applicants must have earned their degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Consideration will be made for applicants meeting this 3.0 GPA over the last 60 hours taken in their undergraduate course work.

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.

Standardized Test Score Requirement (GMAT/GRE)

MSIS applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE standardized test. Scores are used to indicate aptitude for business studies and are valid for five years. If an applicant has taken the GMAT or GRE more than once, the highest score will be considered.

Score Reporting

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.

GMAT/GRE Preparation

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:

GMAT/GRE Score Information

  • The MSIS program does not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement. A score at or above the average is competitive for the program.
    • 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 - English Language Proficiency Requirement

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and the ability to contribute to classroom discussions and interact in a team environment.

International applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s 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.

The MSIS program minimum score requirements are:

  • 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 also be required for admission. Please note the Eccles School has different minimum score requirements than the University.

Score Reporting

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.

  • Our TOEFL code is 4853 for the University of Utah.
  • During or after the IELTS exam, you have the option to select the University of Utah to report your score electronically.
Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for the application, and it is preferred that both come from professional relationships. At least one should come from a previous or current employer, either from full-time employment or an internship. The title or status of those you select is not necessarily important. What does matter is how closely your letter-writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your ability to add value to the workplace or professional team environment.

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.


Submitting Recommendations

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.


There is one required essay and one optional essay in the application for the MSIS program.

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.
Professional Resume

Applicants will be asked to upload a business resume that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged. We strongly recommend you submit a resume that is updated and specific for this application.

Work Experience

The MSIS program does not have a minimum work experience requirement for admission. Each MSIS class is diverse, with some students starting the program immediately after completing their undergraduate degree, after working for 3-5 years or even after working for several decades. While work experience is not required for admission to the program, having relevant work experience can strengthen your application.


The online application will ask you to list in chronological order all colleges and universities attended, including the University of Utah, regardless of length of attendance. Include each college you have taken courses from, including concurrent enrollment, study abroad, and correspondence courses.

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, 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.

International Applicants

If you are uploading transcripts from an international institution, please make sure to upload individual marksheets. We cannot accept a consolidated marksheet for evaluation.

Application Fee

When you are ready to submit your application, you will be directed through a payment process. The application fee is $55.00 for domestic applicants and $65.00 for international applicants. Payment can be made via credit card or check. Please note that if you choose to pay by check, your application will not be reviewed until the payment is received.

An additional $30 fee will be charged for:

  • Applications for spring submitted after Nov. 1
  • Applications for summer submitted after March 15
  • Applications for summer and fall submitted after April 1
IT Leadership - GMAT/GRE Substitution

Applicants with 5 or more years of senior-level leadership experience in IT or operations that includes managerial responsibility may request to have their work experience considered in lieu of a GRE/GMAT score. The MSIS Program Director will make all evaluations on whether candidates meet this status.

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.

Submit your resume for IT Leadership approval

Boots to Utes - Military GMAT/GRE Substitution

Exceptional applicants with four or more years of military service in the U.S. Armed Forces are able to apply for a Boots to Utes GMAT/GRE substitution. This status will allow for applicants to have their military experience substituted for the GMAT/GRE requirement on their MSIS application.

Please note that a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited, non-competency based institution is required to qualify for this substitution.

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Doctorate Degree - GMAT/GRE Substitution

The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for applicants already holding a doctorate-level degree (Phd, JD, MD, etc.). Applicants should contact to verify eligibility. Recommendations and essays are still required for applicants who qualify for this GMAT/GRE substitution.

The MSIS program does not offer a GMAT/GRE substitution for applicants already holding a master’s degree.

BS/MS Co-Terminal Degree

The BS/MS Information Systems co-terminal degree is a unique option for current University of Utah information systems majors to complete the MSIS program immediately following their undergraduate degree. The BS/MS program allows for a seamless, integrated program of study and a pre-screened, expedited MSIS admissions process. Students in this unique combined program can begin taking graduate courses as soon as the beginning of their senior year, and BSMS students are eligible for a $4,400 scholarship upon matriculation to the MSIS program. Additionally, BS/MS students have the GMAT/GRE and letters of recommendation requirements waived on their MSIS application.

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MSIS Fast Track Program

The MSIS Fast Track application process allows our top-achieving information systems undergraduates to streamline their application to the MSIS program. Applicants who qualify for Fast Track have the GMAT/GRE and letters of recommendation requirements waived on their MSIS application.

To be eligible for the Fast Track program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. 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
  2. Complete seven of the eight upper-division IS courses at the University of Utah. Equivalents at other institutions are not accepted. Eligible courses include:
    1. IS 4410
    2. IS 4415
    3. IS 4420
    4. IS 4430
    5. IS 4440
    6. IS 4460
    7. IS 4470
    8. IS 4480
  3. Complete at least four of the required upper-division IS courses at the time of application.
  4. Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in upper-division IS courses.
  5. 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 program.

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MSIS Co-Requisite

The MSIS program does not have any pre-requisite courses. The curriculum does include one co-requisite, IS 4410 Introduction to Information Systems. Students can complete this course any time before or during the MSIS program.

Non-Technical Background

MSIS students come from a variety of backgrounds, and historically up to 50 percent of students do not have a technical background.

The MSIS curriculum is adaptive to both experienced and novice students. Faculty are adept at creating a challenging classroom environment 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, meeting with professors outside of class, completing additional self-study, working with a tutor or following a Massive Open Online Course in addition to the MSIS 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.

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