Are internships/co-ops required for the Master of Science in Information Systems program?
Yes. All full-time students Master of Science in Information Systems students are expected to complete a minimum of six months of co-op work.
What is a co-op?
Co-op is an abbreviation of cooperative education. The University of Cincinnati is the global birthplace of cooperative education. UC introduced cooperative education in 1906. The MS-IS co-op requires full-time students to spend a minimum of two semesters (six months) working full-time in an IS position.
How do I get a co-op position?
Obtaining a co-op/internship is very much like obtaining a full-time job, and it will be up to you to obtain the position. We will, however, do all we can to help you get placed through partnerships we have with companies and through resources provided by the Lindner College of Business Career Services office. Co-op positions would typically pay about 50% of a full-time position. A few of our students have had their co-ops extended since they proved very valuable to the projects they were involved in and their employers were not ready to have them leave before their projects were completed.
When do I start the co-op?
Students typically start their co-op experience in the summer term at the end of the first academic year.
What is the duration of the co-op?
The co-op must last a minimum of six months. Longer co-ops are possible based on an individual student's interests and the co-op opportunities that are available.
Will I be paid during the co-op?
Co-op positions are paid. Co-op positions typically pay $18-22/hr. Thus, a six month co-op will typically result in an earning of $18,000-$22,000 for the student. Most students save a portion of this income to use toward their tuition after their co-op and to pay student loans. Please note that co-op placement is not guaranteed.
Am I guaranteed co-op placement?
No. Obtaining a co-op is very much like getting a job – you have to successfully interview for the position and land the job. More than 98% of our Master of Science in Information Systems students find co-op positions each year.
What is UC's co-op placement record?
The MS IS program has a co-op placement record greater than 98%, but this should not be taken as a guarantee that future students will maintain the same co-op placement record.
What are the prerequisites for the MS IS degree?
The only requirement is that applicants have completed a bachelor's degree in any discipline.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or MIS or Engineering to be accepted into the program?
No, we accept applicants from all academic and professional backgrounds. Some of our most successful students have had backgrounds in fields as diverse as music and Spanish.
When is the earliest I can apply for the program?
One year before the start of the program.
When is the application deadline?
Please visit our Admissions page for complete information on admission requirements and deadlines.
How technical is the MS IS Program?
The MS IS program at the University of Cincinnati is primarily a technical program. It focuses on the core aspects of Information Systems such as systems development, network design, data modeling, ERP, etc. That being said, as the program resides within the Lindner College of Business, students are offered business courses which help them increase their business acumen. Graduates of the MS IS program become technical professionals with sound business knowledge.
Do I need to take the business background courses before I apply to the program?
No. If you have completed courses in the business foundational subjects as part of your undergraduate program, those requirements may be waived
Do I need work experience in order to qualify for admission?
There is no specified minimum work experience requirement for this program.
Do I need to take the GRE or the GMAT?
Yes, a standardized test score is required as part of the application process but we accept results from either test. Please note that we will waive the test requirement for University of Cincinnati alumni who graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and for individuals who have earned a terminal degree (such as a PhD or JD).
What is the minimum GRE/GMAT score for acceptance to the program?
We do not have a specified minimum score for acceptance into the program. That being said, our students’ average GRE score is around 320 and our students’ average GMAT score is around 670. We do consider the verbal and quantitative scores separately. In making admission decisions, we carefully examine each student’s overall profile including his/her undergraduate performance, GMAT or GRE scores, work experience, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvement.
Are there any scholarships or graduate assistant positions available?
Yes. Please note that we do not award full scholarships (tuition waiver) to any student. We expect students to join our program because they value the outstanding education we provide and the exceptional career opportunities that are available to graduates of our program. We award a limited number of partial scholarships and assistantships and these go to our top incoming students. We occasionally have a few additional scholarships that are available in the spring semester and they are awarded based on performance in the MS IS program during the fall semester. Assistantships require students to work for 10-20 hours per week and provide a stipend ranging from $4,500-$10,000/year. Assistantships are typically awarded upon arrival for the start of the program. Our scholarship and assistantship award recipients typically have GRE or GMAT scores in the 80th percentile or higher on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections and those students also have an outstanding academic record and/or exceptional work experience. A few of our students have successfully obtained assistantships with other departments after arriving at the University of Cincinnati but additional assistantship opportunities cannot be guaranteed. All full-time program applicants are automatically considered for scholarship and assistantship awards. Assistantships and scholarships are independently awarded.
What does the admissions committee look for?
The admissions committee considers the overall profile of each candidate including his or her undergraduate performance, GMAT or GRE scores, work experience, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvement before making an admission decision.
How many classes does a student typically take each semester?
We recommend that full-time students take nine courses (18 credits) each semester. Please note that each semester is divided into two seven-week sessions. International students are required to carry a full load in order to maintain their immigration status.
How long will it take to complete my degree requirements?
The Master of Science in Information Systems academic program can be completed in two semesters with any remaining courses completed during the six-month paid internship/co-op period. Each student’s actual time to degree will depend on the workload an individual student carries, his or her prior academic preparation and the duration of his or her co-op/internship.
Is it possible to earn a joint MSIS/MBA degree or to combine the MS IS degree with another specialized master’s degree?
Yes. In order to be admitted to the dual degree program, you must apply to both programs of interest and secure admission to both programs. You can also apply for the dual degree after joining the MS IS program and then complete the MBA or second MS degree after graduatiing from the MS IS program.
How do I apply for this program?
You can apply using the online graduate application for admission at Apply Online.
Can I contact current students?
If you wish to communicate with current students in the MS IS program, you can do so by sending an email to email@example.com.
Where do I send my transcripts?
Please do not send transcripts prior to receiving admission into the program. Visit the admissions link for details.
Is the Master of Science in Information Systems a designated STEM program?
The Master of Science in Information Systems program has been officially designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. For more information on the designation, please view the STEM Education Coalition.