Master of Science - Information Systems
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MSIS Frequently Asked Questions

Are Internet courses right for me?    

What is Distance Education?

Is your program accredited?

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

How am I notified of my admission status?

Will I have to come to campus to complete my degree?

Will my exams be given online?

May I apply for admission while completing my undergraduate degree?

What will my diploma have on it when I graduate?

What if I don't have the required prerequisite for a course?

What if my GPA isn't high enough?

How many courses can I take per semester?

Can I pay my tuition Online?

Is there financial aid for graduate students?

My company pays for my tuition at the end of the semester. Can I defer payments?

How long does it take to complete the MSIS degree?

How much time do I have to complete my degree? 

How do I request or change Personal Information?

What is the university's refund policy?
 


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Good question! Although there is no formula used to predict student success in an Internet course, successful students seem to fit the following profile.

Have access to a computer, modem, internet connection, and a basic software package.
Are familiar with the World Wide Web, electronically transferring files, and E-mail.
Are self-motivated. Meaning they do not require a lot of direction or motivation from the instructor. Successful students very rarely procrastinate and make sure their assignments are completed on time.
Can commit at least 6 to 10 hours per week per course and can access the course site materials 3 - 5 times per week.
Are able to work collaboratively with groups without face-to-face contact.
Enjoys reading and learning on their own.
Understands that while Internet education is a flexible learning environment, it does not mean that the courses will be easier than traditional-based courses.
 

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What is Distance Education?

Distance Education - The transmission of instruction from one location to multiple locations via telecommunications technologies. This transmission can be in several forms. For example, compressed video, satellite transmission, Internet, or web-based delivery can be used separately or in combination to deliver instruction. Delivery may require students to be at a specific location at a specific time, or the instruction can be made available and accessed at the student's convenience. The main feature of distance learning is technology provides the instructional link between faculty and students.

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Is your program accredited?

All of our business programs are fully accredited by AACSB - International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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How long will it take for my application to be processed?

It may take as little as two weeks for an application to be processed or as long as two months, depending upon submission of official transcripts, teaching certificates, GRE/GMAT scores,etc.

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How am I notified of my admission status?

The Graduate Office will notify the student in writing when he or she has been admitted to graduate studies.

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Will I have to come to campus to complete my degree?

Students admitted to The Masters of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at Morehead State University are not required to come to campus. Faculty are encouraged to invite their students to campus, but attendance at these sessions will not be made a requirement. When students are invited to an on-campus session(s), alternate activities or arrangements must be made for those who cannot attend.

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Will my exams be given online?

For 100% internet courses most exams will be given online, however proctored exams may be required in some courses. Faculty will provide this information in the syllabus and students not taking the proctored exam at a location identified in the syllabus must cooperate with faculty to identify a proctored examination location and method acceptable to the instructor. Examples of acceptable proctors are librarians, teachers, and college and university testing centers. Examples of those who would not be an acceptable proctor include supervisors, family members, and/or co-workers. The student is responsible for the cost of the proctor.

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May I apply for admission while completing my undergraduate degree?

Students may apply for admission in their last semester of undergraduate work.

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What will my diploma have on it when I graduate?

Students who complete the MSIS program will be conferred the Master of Science degree with a major in Information Systems.

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What if I don't have the required prerequisite for a course?

If a student does not have the prerequisite for a course, he or she may seek permission from the instructor to enroll.

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What if my GPA isn't high enough?

Students whose undergraduate grade-point average is slightly below 2.5, but not less than 2.3, may be admitted in an attempt to qualify. Students so admitted may, after completing a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate work with at least a GPA of 3.0, be considered for admission to a degree program. Upon admission to a program, six of the 12 semester hours of graduate credit may be counted toward meeting degree requirements.

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How many courses can I take per semester?

The minimum full-time load for a semester in nine hours; for each summer term, it is three semester hours. The maximum load is 12 hours for a semester and six hours for each summer term. Half-time status is 4 hours for the fall and spring semesters.

A graduate assistant may not exceed 12 semester hours credit during a regular semester or four semester hours during a summer term.

Students who are employed full time may not carry more than six hours of credit per semester. A student who wishes to change a course load after registration by adding or dropping a course may do so only by completing an official drop/add form.

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Can I pay my tuition Online?

Yes! Go to the MSU home page and click on the MSUsers button. Then click on the students link. Enter your 7-digit student ID and web PIN. Click the online processing button and then view financial information.

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Is there financial aid for graduate students?

Financial aid in the form of work and loans is available to eligible graduate students at Morehead State University. Under the Federal or Institutional Work Study Programs, graduate students (other than those on graduate assistantship) may be employed on campus for up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. The pay rate for all work-study programs is the current minimum wage. Low-interest federal loans available to graduate students include Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Direct Loans. Interest rates on these loans range from 5 to 8.25% and, in general, repayment does not begin until six to nine months after the student leaves school or ceases to be at least a half-time student. Morehead also sponsors a Graduate Assistantship program. To apply for financial aid, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and an MSU Student Financial Aid Personal Data Sheet. These forms are available in the Office of Financial Aid, 305 Howell-McDowell Administration Building. The phone number is (606)783-2011.

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My company pays for my tuition at the end of the semester. Can I defer payments?

All billing inquiries should be forwarded to: fees@morehead-st.edu

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How long does it take to complete the MSIS degree?

Full-time students (9 hrs. Per semester) can complete the MSIS degree in 4 academic semesters, which roughly equates to two calendar years. Most of the students in MSU's MSIS program attend on a part-time basis and generally earn their degree in 3-4 years.

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How much time do I have to complete my degree?

From the time a student begins work on any graduate program, he or she has 10 years in which to complete it. If a degree for program is not completed within the required time, suitable courses must be completed to replace those more than 10 years old.

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How do you Request/Change your personal information?

The MSU Registrar's Office maintains student records on every student once they become enrolled for the first time. In addition to those, you can also request a transcript of all your grades or a verification of enrollment. Please contact the Registrar's Office at 606-783-2008 or online at http://www.morehead-st.edu/units/registrar/personal.htm if you need to request or change your personal information.

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What is the university's refund policy?

The following tuition refund policy is applicable for students:

Fall or Spring Term During the first five days of classes 75%
During the next 10 days of classes 50%
During the next 5 days of classes 25%
No adjustments are given after the first 20 class days of the semester.
Summer Terms During the first two days of classes 75%
During the next four days of classes 50%
During the next two days of classes 25%
No refunds are given after the first eight days of the semester.
 

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