MS Information Systems Application Deadlines & Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • Apply by the priority deadline for first consideration for funding, an earlier admission decision, additional time to find housing, and, for international students, additional time to secure your visa.
  • Applications will close when a program reaches capacity, so it’s important to apply early.
  • Your application is not considered complete until we have all the application materials (listed below).

Fall 2024

  • Priority & International Deadline: January 31, 2024
  • Final International Deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Final Domestic Deadline: July 31, 2024 

Spring 2025

  • Domestic Start Only
  • Priority: October 15, 2024
  • Final: December 1, 2024

Application Checklist

Select the year in which you plan on entering the program. International students based abroad are only eligible to apply for full-time enrollment (fall semester application deadline).

Ensure your resume clearly lists the dates of any professional (ex: full-time role, internships, co-ops), volunteer, non-profit or any other leadership experiences. There is no formatting requirement, however, please review your resume for any grammar mistakes. It should be no longer than two pages.  

You must have a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the international equivalent, by the time of application. You can submit an unofficial copy of all of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (and degree documents, if applicable) with your application, but official transcripts will be required if you’re accepted.  

If you are an international applicant, you may be required to submit a NACES-approved, course–by-course evaluation on your transcript. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office to see if this is a requirement for your program. 

Please complete the following prompt in 500 words or less:

  • How will a MSIS degree from the University of Cincinnati help you accomplish your career goals?

Please select two recommenders who will be able to discuss your professional performance, academic performance and work style. This can include previous supervisors, faculty members or mentors. Letters of recommendations must come directly from the listed recommender on your application.

IMPORTANT: Your application will not move forward in the review process until we receive both letters of recommendation.

Test scores provide a measure of your capabilities for the admissions committee to consider in reviewing your application holistically. The admissions committee requires the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores.  The minimum GRE score for admissions is 300.  

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Please send all test scores to the following address:

Graduate Admissions

University of Cincinnati

PO Box 210091

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091

Applicants are required to pay a fee to complete their application:
  • U.S. Residents: $65
  • International: $70

English proficiency

  • If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English. This includes submitting an IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo test score. Please reference the 'Graduate Entrance Exams' section on the Graduate Admissions Requirements page for information on the minimum score needed to be eligible for the program.

Work experience

  • We strongly recommend that international applicants have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience.