Admission Requirements

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Application Components

The applications for spring and fall open on August 1st of each year. While you can apply to the program early in August, the Office of Graduate Admissions completes transcript evaluations in a particular order. A transcript evaluation is one of the admission requirements for the program and is used to confirm you have a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Here are the transcript processing timelines:

  • Spring Start: August – December
  • Fall Start: January – July

Applicants are encouraged to complete their program application at least two weeks prior to the regular admission period deadline (see Admission Deadlines for details). Please take the time to read through each admission requirement, so that you are prepared to complete the program application.
The University of Utah Residency Office determines residency status for tuition purposes. Please take the time to complete the questions pertaining to residency on the program application. You may contact the Residency Office with questions about your residency status.

Once your application is complete, it will be included in the bi-weekly committee review for an official admission decision. We define a completed application as submission of your application, submission of your video essay, a completed transcript evaluation, and both letters of recommendation received.

The David Eccles School of Business seeks candidates who are professional and ethical. These behaviors are considered when making admission decisions. Candidates are expected to demonstrate professional and ethical conduct and disposition in their interactions with program staff, fellow students, and faculty.

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

Applicants must have earned their degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

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.

The GMAT/GRE are optional for admissions. Applicants who have taken an exam may submit their official scores to strengthen an application. 

Official scores can take up to four weeks to reach the university.  

Submission codes for your test scores are as follows:
GMAT Code: K0R-S3-78
GRE/TOEFL Code: 4853 

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 either a bachelor or graduate degree from a U.S. or English-speaking institution are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo standardized exam and submit an official score report. Click here for more info and to find a list of countries where English proficiency may not be required.

Eccles School minimum score requirements:

  • TOEFL: 85
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Duolingo: 105

Applicants who score below the minimums are required to retake the exams to be considered for admission. Test dates must fall within two years of submitting your application and paying your application fee to be valid. Our office cannot use expired test scores to evaluate the English proficiency requirement. A video interview is required for admission. Please note the Eccles School has different minimum score requirements than the University.

Score Reporting

Official TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores take 2-4 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Applications will not be reviewed until the official score has been received. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.

  • Our TOEFL code is 4853 for the University of Utah. Please note that paper-based exam scores are not accepted.
  • During or after the IELTS exam, you will have the option to select the University of Utah to report your score electronically.
  • Duolingo: Please log into your Duolingo account, select the “Send Results” button next to your test results, and select the University of Utah as the receiving institution.

Applicants are required to obtain two letters of recommendation that demonstrate their unique abilities and experiences pertinent to the graduate program. The Admissions Committee would like to see details about your relevant abilities and experiences, especially related to the field of study.

  • We accept professional or academic recommendation letters. Select recommenders who can speak specifically about the quality of your work. Whether the letter is from an employer or academia, it’s preferable for the letter to include details on your experience in your chosen degree of study.
  • We do not accept letters of recommendation from family or friends.
  • We may verify your recommenders by phone. Falsified application materials will disqualify your application to the program.

Required Written Essay – 750 word maximum

Written essay prompts:

  • Tell us about your interest in and experience with information technology.
  • Why are you choosing to pursue the MSIS Online program at this time in your career and what do you hope to achieve while in the program?
  • What goals do you have after the program, and how will the MSIS degree help you achieve them?
  • Tell us about the personal qualities and/or experiences that make you a strong candidate for the program.
  • Why do you think the MSIS Online program at the Eccles School is the right place for you?

Optional Written Essay – 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 Essay Responses

  • 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.

Imagine you are at the MSIS orientation. Please submit a video recording of how you would introduce yourself to your new peers and faculty members. Include any personal and/or professional aspects that you believe are significant. Additionally, include one interesting thing about yourself that is unrelated to your work/field of study.

Videos should not exceed 60 seconds. Please email your video essay to MSISinfo@Eccles.Utah.edu. It is preferred that you email a non-password-protected link to your video hosted on a platform such as Google Drive, Vimeo, Youtube. Or, if necessary, you can email a .mov or .mp4 file.

If a personal situation through the Americans with Disabilities Act precludes an applicant from submitting a video, please contact MSISinfo@Eccles.Utah.edu for alternate submission options.

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 Online program does not have a minimum work experience requirement for admission; however, 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 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.

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.

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 and fall submitted after April 1

If admitted, a $185 seat fee is due shortly after acceptance.  For international applicants, a $300 seat fee is due shortly after acceptance. Fees are non-refundable.

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

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.

Students who are new to information systems will benefit from gaining an introductory background to IS before starting the program.

*There are many free and inexpensive courses that will meet this need.  This Free online CLEP Information Systems course offered by Modern States Education Alliance is one option.

Internships are also highly recommended for students to gain additional IS experience during the program.

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