MSIS for Undergraduate IS Majors

The Master of Science in Information Systems gives undergraduate information systems majors the opportunity to further their IS knowledge and skills with only one additional year of school. With a hands-on focus and numerous career management resources, the MSIS program can open doors that an undergraduate degree alone cannot.

The BSMS 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.

  • BS/MS students are eligible to take graduate IS courses while completing their undergraduate requirements.
  • The GMAT/GRE exam and letters of recommendation requirements are waived on the MSIS application.
  • BS/MS students are eligible for a $3,000 scholarship upon matriculation to the MSIS program.

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.

University of Utah IS majors with grades B or higher in the equivalent courses have the following MSIS core requirements waived (B- does not qualify):

  • IS 6420: Database Theory and Design (3)
  • IS 6410: Systems Analysis and Design (3)
  • IS 6640: Networking and Servers (3)
  • IS 6495: Python (3)

We place a strong focus on ensuring students continue to progress and increase their skills. As these courses are also required for the Eccles IS undergraduate degree, IS majors will not need to repeat them in the graduate program. All students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, so students who have any core courses waived can instead take additional electives to meet the credit hour requirement.

Applicants who have an undergraduate degree in information systems are not required to complete the corequisite, IS 4410 Introduction to Information Systems. Students who have an undergraduate IS degree may also be able to substitute core requirements for additional elective courses on a case-by-case basis. Once admitted, students can work with their academic advisor to determine individual requirements.