Admission Requirements

Online Drop-In Office Hours

Have a quick 15 min. question? Our admission team is available for questions during online drop-in office hours. Click the link below to join our Zoom meeting room. (Mountain Time)

Summer online drop-in hours:

Monday: 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 – 11 a.m. (Note: Drop in hours are not available on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Our office is closed for a team retreat.)

Drop-in office hours will be unavailable on these dates:

  • 2024 Holidays: May 27, June 17, July 4, July 24 (Utah state holiday), Sept. 2, Nov. 28-29, Dec. 25

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Application Components

Please complete the MSIS online application to be considered for the program. In the Academic Program section of the application, select Information Systems MSIS from the dropdown list.

The application for spring and fall enrollment opens each year on August 1st. Applications for the spring enrollment period will be evaluated first and during the months of August through December. Applications for the fall enrollment period will be primarily reviewed during the months of January through July.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early and at least two weeks prior to the final deadline. Once your application is complete, your application will be included in a committee review for a program admissions decision. We define a complete application as having received all application requirements including, two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic source, and if applicable, a completed transcript evaluation from WES and an official English language proficiency exam score that meets the program requirements. You will receive email confirmation once your application is considered complete and ready for review. Committee reviews are typically held every two weeks.

The University of Utah Residency Office determines residency status for tuition purposes. You must apply for reclassification to qualify for in-state tuition. Please follow their instructions and deadlines for reclassification. Note you must reclassify before you start the program, as reclassification will no longer be an option for you once you begin the program.

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.

Applicants must have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. International applicants can find more details pertaining to this requirement in the International Applicants- Additional Requirements section.

Applicants must have earned a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their undergraduate degree.

International Applicants must complete additional admissions requirements.

Transcript Evaluation

You must obtain a course-by-course evaluation from one of these NACES-approved transcript evaluation companies:

  1. International Education Evaluation (IEE)
  2. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  3. World Education Services (WES)

This is a crucial admission requirement to confirm that you meet the University of Utah’s bachelor’s degree and minimum GPA requirements. Please ensure that the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, Graduate Programs is added as a recipient, enabling us to access your transcript through the company’s portal.

To ensure timely receipt of your course-by-course evaluation, it is advisable to complete this step at least four weeks before the final deadline.

While we only require a course-by-course evaluation of your bachelor’s degree, it’s possible that you have completed a three-year degree with a one-year post-baccalaureate degree. If this applies to you, it is mandatory to include the one-year post-baccalaureate degree in your course-by-course evaluation. Please note that international applicants holding a three-year degree do not qualify for the program.

Upon admission to the program, you must submit your official transcript(s) from the institution(s) you attended and from which you earned a bachelor’s degree. Official English translations must be provided if the transcripts are in another language.

English Language Proficiency

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and the ability to contribute to classroom discussion and interact with faculty and peers. You can find more information about this requirement, as well as a list of countries where English proficiency may not be required here.

We accept the following English language proficiency exams with minimum scores.

  • TOEFL (iBT or computer version only): 90
  • IELTS (IELTS Academic only): 7.0
  • Duolingo: 115

While you may meet the minimum score requirements, this does not guarantee admission into the program. If you score below the minimum, you must re-take the exam before the final deadline.

It takes approximately 2-4 weeks for Utah Admissions to receive and mark the official TOEFL and IELTS scores as having been received. It takes approximately 7 business days for Utah Admissions to receive and mark the official Duolingo scores as having been received. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.

Make sure to send your electronic official English language scores the right way to avoid delays.

  • TOEFL– You can either use the school code, 4853 or select the University of Utah to send your test score. Do not select the David Eccles School of Business.
  • IELTS– During or after the exam, select the University of Utah to repost your score electronically.
  • Duolingo– Log into your Duolingo account, select the “Send Results” button next to your test results and choose the University of Utah as the receiving institution.

I-20 Documentation for F-1 Visa

If you are admitted into the program, you are required to submit I-20 documentation by the appropriate I-20 deadline. The minimum financial amount that you must provide for the I-20 is not equivalent to the program’s tuition and fees. The program cost is lower than the I-20 cost. Without an F-1 Visa, you cannot start the program. Learn more here.

If you are on another visa, it’s in your best interest to consult with an immigration attorney and confirm you can enroll in a graduate program. Note you can only do OPT if you are on an F-1 visa. If you decide to switch to an F-1 visa, you will need to complete this step prior to starting the program.

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 those 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.

Applicants must complete a short essay. We highly suggest that you write your short essay in Word to avoid misspellings, grammatical errors, and formatting issues, and then, copy and paste it into the short essay text box in the application.

Short Essay

In 300 – 750 words Tell us about your interest in and experience with information technology. Why are you choosing to pursue the MSIS 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 program at the Eccles School is the right place for you?

Optional Essay

You can upload an optional essay to address any perceived weaknesses in your academic transcripts or application. We strongly encourage applicants to complete the optional essay if your GPA is below our admitted average or if you failed and/or repeated courses on your transcript.

Imagine you’re at the MSIS orientation. In 60 seconds, introduce yourself to your 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. Your video should not exceed 60 seconds.

In the application, please upload your video in one of the following video formats: 3g2, .3gp, .avi, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .mxf, .webm, .wmv. We will not accept audio, slide, document formats, nor links (even though these are listed as options).

  • Submit a current, chronological resume. (Resume Guide)
  • Only include professional work experience. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission defines professional jobs as those that usually require a college degree.
  • You may include internship experience if it is related to your graduate program of study.
  • The MSIS program does not have a minimum work experience requirement for admission; however, any relevant work experience can strengthen your application.
The MSIS program does not have a minimum work experience requirement for admission. However, candidates with two years of IT-related professional work experience will be given preference.

In your application, you are required to list all higher education institutions you’ve attended and provide unofficial transcripts for each institution. While we can accept unofficial transcripts during the admissions stage, the unofficial transcripts must include: the name of the school, your full name, semesters, course numbers, course titles, course grades, semester GPAs, and cumulative GPA.

International applicants please see the International Applicants- Additional Requirements section for transcript details.

Application Fee Details:

  • A non-refundable application fee is required with the online application: $55 for domestic applicants, and $65 for international applicants.
  • There is an additional $30 charge for applications submitted after November 15 for spring applications and after April 1 for summer and fall applications.
  • We provide a limited number of application fee waivers per cohort. Applicants who attend an Information Session will be entered in a raffle for available waivers.

Seat Fee Details:

  • If you submit a complete application before the priority deadline, you are not required to pay the non-refundable seat fee. We define a complete application as having received all application requirements, including two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic source, and if applicable, a completed transcript evaluation from WES, and an official English language proficiency exam score that meets the program requirements. You will receive email confirmation once your application is considered complete and ready for review. If you apply after the priority deadline, you must pay the seat fee to confirm your enrollment in the program.

    If admitted, your seat fee payment will be applied to your first semester’s tuition.

While this program doesn’t have any prerequisites, applicants who are new to information systems are strongly encouraged to complete the free, online CLEP Information Systems course offered by Modern States Education Alliance.

Students who meet the specified academic requirements have the option to bypass the admissions committee and receive an admission decision sooner. Qualified Fast Track applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation.

To qualify for Fast Track, you must meet these requirements at the time of application:

  • Must hold an undergraduate degree in Information Systems from the David Eccles School of Business.
  • Minimum 3.2 IS GPA
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

If you qualify for Fast Track, simply mark “yes” on the Fast Track question in your application. An admissions coordinator will verify that you meet the Fast Track requirements. If you don’t qualify, you will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation and your application will be put through to a committee review.

Undergraduate information systems students at the David Eccles School of Business are eligible for the BS/MS Program. Learn more.

Applicants who feel they have weaknesses in their application, can take either the GMAT or GRE. Please know this is optional and not a requirement. Do not submit official scores to us if you didn’t perform well. A composite score of 600 in the GMAT or 315 in the GRE is considered strong. If you would like your GMAT or GRE to be included as part of your admissions decision, we must receive them in time for a committee review, as well as before the final deadline.

Official scores can take 2 – 4 weeks for the university to receive them. Request ETS to send the official GRE score using either the school code, 4853, or the school’s name, University of Utah. Request GMAC to send the official GMAT score either using the school code, K0R-S3-78, or the school’s name, University of Utah.

You have the option to complete this program 100% online. If you enroll in this format, please be aware that you are not allowed to take any in-person classes or utilize on-campus resources. To complete the program 100% online, in your application, select the “Online Only” option to the question “Where do you intend to complete your degree?” You should not choose this option if you are planning on doing a hybrid format: enrolling in some online courses and mostly in-person courses. Instead, select the Salt Lake City Campus (Main Campus) option.

Learn more about the 100% online MSIS program.

Fall 2023 Class Profile