Master's in MIS FAQs

Master's in MIS FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

General Admissions

The deadline for all students (domestic and international) is January 15. Your application must be received by 5 p.m. MST on that day in order to be considered. Please allow sufficient delivery time to ensure that your application supporting documentation is delivered by the deadline.

A four year bachelor's degree or equivalent as outlined by the Graduate College.

Please see the Graduate College's website at more information.

No. We accept students from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

No. Any required business background courses can be taken while in the program. You will be notified of any possible business courses that are needed upon your acceptance into the program.

Before joining our program, students should have experience in computer programming and in particular Web programming. Students should have knowledge and experience with (1) Java and (2) JSP and Servlets, PHP or .NET/J2EE. Knowledge of database connectivity via ODBC or JDBC is also recommended. This can be gained through formal coursework or via coursera, codeacademy, or other sites. 

Until we have received your complete application, we are not able to predict your chances of being admitted into the program. The selection committee will consider all parts of every application submitted, including the essays and letters of recommendation. We want the best students in our Master's program, but we do not have a maximum or minimum number of students that we accept each year.

Due to enrollment limits, the Eller College does not find it possible to admit all applicants who meet the minimum entrance requirements.

We offer several different Masters programs. The one you choose will determine how long it will take you to complete the program.

Our Master’s in MIS program is 17 months long. Our Dual Degree programs can take 29 months to complete.


The background of our students is very diverse. The program attracts students from all over the world of various age groups, having different levels of education, work experience, and technical/professional expertise.

No, but it is strongly recommended. While work experience is not a mandatory requirement for entrance into the program, such experience does add positive weight to an applicant’s profile. Real-world experience enhances the educational experience, as our MSMIS program includes many real-client experiential activities. Each year a few students with little or no work experience are admitted to the program, but all other aspects of their profile are very strong.

Yes, we offer the Master's in MIS, an MS in Cybersecurity, and several certificates through online delivery. Visit Master's in MIS Programs for more information.

At this time all of our on-campus classes are offered during the fall and spring semesters during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Most of our Master's students do internships during the summer. 

Applicants who are looking for more flexible study opportunities should consider our online MS MIS program

Residency and Financial Aid

The Office of the Registrar is the SOLE authority in all residency decisions at the University of Arizona. Neither the MIS department nor the Eller College of Management has any influence in these determinations. For more information on residency rules and requirements, please visit the following site:

Yes. In order to qualify and apply as a domestic student, you must be a U.S. Citizen.

Research and teaching assistantships are sometimes available depending on departmental and faculty needs. If you are interested in assistantships, you should wait until you are in the program as most faculty want to know students before hiring them as a teaching or research assistant.

No. However, we strongly recommend that students actively seek summer internships in order to acquire corporate work experience.

Visit the UA Bursar's Office to see the estimated costs of the program as per the Graduate College's student's basic budget requirements.

Testing and Score Reports

The TOEFL is required only for international students. If you have a degree from an accredited US institution, you do not have to take the TOEFL.

The GMAT/GRE score must be less than 5 years old at the time you start to take your first class.

The test must have been taken within two years of the intended term of enrollment. For example, a TOEFL exam taken in 2017 would be valid for Fall 2019.

Yes. You will need to request that your official test scores are reported directly to the University of Arizona. 

  • GRE –use school code 4832
  • GMAT – Eller College of Management, MSMIS
  • TOEFL –use school code 4832

Yes, during the online application process you will need to upload photocopies (unofficial copies) of your test scores.

Preparing/Submitting and Application

No. The University of Arizona, Graduate College has a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement. 

Students seeking to participate in a Dual Degree Program must apply to each individual program separately. Each program maintains independent control over its admissions criteria and procedures.

For admissions information to the MS MIS program, please review the MIS Admissions information. Students already enrolled in the MBA or MSA programs who are interested in enrolling in the MS MIS program should contact the program coordinator in the MIS department for further details.

Students already enrolled in the MS MIS program should go to the Eller MBA office in McClelland 210 to schedule an interview appointment.