Master of Science - Information Systems
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  Admission Requirements

[Detailed Requirements | International Students]

In order to be admitted to the MSIS program students must meet the following criteria:

  1. General Admission to graduate study.
  2. If a student has earned a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, the GRE or GMAT is waivered.
  3. Admission is determined by an admission index, computed as follows:
    • GRE Index = (undergraduate GPA x 200) + (composite GRE score (verbal and quantitative)).  The GRE index score must equal at least 1250 for admission. The minimum individual scores allowed for consideration of admission is 750 for the composite GRE (verbal and quantitative).
    • GMAT Index = (undergraduate GPA * 200) + GMAT Score.  The GMAT Index must equal a minimum of 1000. The minimum score allowed for consideration of admission is 400 for the GMAT.
  4.  Minimum undergraduate GPA 2.5 overall or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  5. A portfolio is required which contains (1) a one-page statement outlining the student’s career goals and objectives as related to the program; and (2) documentation that addresses achievement of each of the prerequisite competencies.
  6. Conditional admissions to the MSIS are not allowed; however, student may opt to be admitted to MSU’s graduate program while preparing for consideration for full admission to the MSIS program; contact MSU’s Graduate Office for details.  Often, this admission falls under “unclassified” graduate student status.

Additional International Student Requirements:

International students who qualify for admission are required to take the English Language Institute Test of the University of Michigan, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) given by the Educational Testing Service. If the Michigan Test is taken, a minimum score of 82 is required. Students taking the IELTS must score a minimum of 5.5. A TOEFL score of 500 on the old testing system or 61 on the new system is required for admission. All International students must have their transcripts evaluated by Josef Silney & Associates, International Academic Credential Evaluators, or Worldwide Education Services (WES).

International residence students are required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations to be enrolled in a minimum of six hours of on-campus classroom courses each semester.

International students will be officially admitted and issued a Form I-20A only after the Graduate Office has been notified that they have passed the English Test successfully, have met program admission requirements, and have submitted a statement certifying their ability to meet all financial obligations

International Students, in addition to the MSIS admission requirements, please submit the following materials:

  • Completed original MSU graduate application.
  • Official/Original or certified copy of your transcript with baccalaureate degree/date of completion (the official transcript must show all undergraduate courses taken and grades received).  The credentials must be verified via WES or other agencies approved by the MSU graduate office. 
  • Official verification that your degree is equivalent to a four-year baccalaureate degree program in the United States. 
  • Official original copy of graduation diploma 
  • Official original report of your TOEFL score 
  • Official original report of your GRE/GMAT score 
  • Verification of finances (financial statement on official stationary with address and telephone number) 
  • Original letter from your sponsor and verification of sponsor’s financial ability. (If you will have a sponsor)
  • Additional information for international graduate students is available on the University website (

Maintaining Enrollment in the Program:

In order to maintain enrollment in the program, students are expected to maintain an appropriate level of academic performance and will be required to have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to graduate. Any student receiving two grades of C or below in any graduate level course will be placed on probation. If a student on probation receives a 3rd grade of C or below, they will be dismissed from the program.