Master’s in Information Systems Admission Requirements
Information Systems Graduate Degree Admission and Application Information
Gaining acceptance into Marist College’s highly competitive Master’s of Science in Information Systems program depends on a variety of factors, including undergraduate academic performance, professional work experience, standardized English proficiency test scores (International students only), and a personal statement. Critical qualifications of successful MSIS applicants include the desire to excel in a challenging academic environment and the ability to communicate effectively in a virtual environment.
New Information Systems Master’s Degree (MSIS) classes begin every August and January. MSIS Applications are accepted year round with a fall deadline of August 1 (June 15 for international students) and a spring deadline of December 1 (November 1 for international students).
MSIS Admission Requirements
- A completed Graduate Admission Application (available online)
- A current resume (hard copy or email)
- A $50 application fee (you may pay this online if you are completing the online application or you may send a check or money order payable to Marist College)
- Personal statement which outlines the applicant’s career objective(s), the reason(s) for selecting Marist’s Information Systems program, desired specialization, and the applicant’s personal and professional expectations from the program; (in hard copy or via email).
- Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
- Optionally, at the graduate director’s discretion, two letters of recommendation may be required.
International Student Additional Admission Requirements
- In addition to the above listed requirements, international applicants must also submit the following:
- A minimum score of 80 on IBT TOEFL, 6.5 on IELTS or 58 on PTE. Marist report code is 2400
- A minimum academic overall grade of 60% or GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 7/10 or a first division
- Official GRE score
- An original notarized copy of Declaration of Financial Form/Affidavit of Support and an official letter from a bank manager stating that a minimum amount is accessible to cover the cost for the academic year. Amounts for the year of application are available at: http://www.marist.edu/admission/international/visa_process.html
- A statement of purpose (indicate full name on each page)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Additional International Admission Information
Send all application materials to:
The Office of Graduate Admission
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387
Students interested in the Information Systems Master’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better may take up to two courses in one semester as a non-matriculated candidate. All requirements for matriculation must be satisfied upon completion of the non-matriculated semester. Admission as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee full admission to the MSIS program as a matriculated, degree-seeking candidate.
Credits Needed to Earn Information Systems Graduate Degree
To qualify for the Masters in Information Systems degree, a graduate student must normally complete 36 to 37 hours of work at the graduate level (excluding any prerequisites).
Information Systems Graduate Degree Prerequisites
Applicants to the Information Systems Management track are expected to have completed undergraduate-level course work in introductory statistics.
Applicants to the Information Technology Management track are expected to possess a reasonable proficiency in object-oriented programming and statistics, since knowledge and skill in these areas will be used throughout this specialization.
Proficiency in computer programming can be satisfied with a B or better grade in the Marist graduate course MSIS 500 Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Programming.
Transfer of Credits and Waivers for MSIS Degree Program
Marist College will accept up to six transfer credits to apply to the MSIS program. As a rule, each student is expected to complete the IS degree as outlined at the time of admission to Marist College. Therefore, under normal circumstances transfer credit or waiver requests for graduate work taken elsewhere after admission to this program will not be granted. Such substitutions will only be considered for a substantive reason, such as relocation.
Time to Complete the MSIS Degree
Online Master’s in Information Systems degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of acceptance into the program with a cumulative index of 3.0 or higher. Requests for an extension of the seven-year limitation must be made in writing to the graduate director.
MSIS part-time graduate students typically enroll in 6 credits per semester. MSIS graduate students who need to enroll in less than 6 credits should seek prior approval from the graduate program director. Full-time study is defined as a semester load of at least 9 graduate credits.