Online Master's in MIS Online FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions

General Admissions

The deadlines for all students to apply for online programs are three to four weeks before courses begin.  Only completed applications with all supporting documents will be reviewed and considered for admittance.  

For admissions purposes you are not required to know how to program, but some course assignments do require programming skills. If you do not have programming experience/knowledge we highly recommend taking the MIS 501: Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming class.

Yes. International students may purse the online program from their home country, however they would not be granted documents to enter the US and participate in an online program. 

The 3.0 GPA is a University of Arizona requirement for all graduate programs. However, applicants with a lower undergraduate GPA can start taking courses for any of our online graduate programs by applying and being accepted as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking students take either two or four classes first. If they achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher in those initial classes, they can then apply to the program as a degree seeking student and complete the requirements. Any classes taken as a non-degree student transfer into the degree program. 

Fees

Online students pay by the course. The amount charged includes tuition and UA Bursar fees.  

Learn about costs and return on investment.

Yes. The course work is an approved program for VA Benefits. Please contact Regina Dowell (rdowell@email.arizona.edu), Veterans’ Services Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar at the University of Arizona, to make sure you are all set up by the VA before your apply to the programs.

Yes. For questions regarding QTR, call UA Human Resources (520-621-3360).

Information is also available on the HR website

Preparing/Submitting an Application

The admission GPA that we use to determine your eligibility may be calculated in one of the following ways:

  • Undergraduate GPA is calculated over the last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter hours of the US undergraduate degree. In this situation, only the highest grade of repeated courses is counted.
  • If the undergraduate degree was completed outside the US, grades are converted to the US grading system and the GPA is calculated using the last two years of course work.
  • If you have completed 12+ semester units or 16 quarter hours of graduate level coursework for graduate credit in the US, the Graduate College will ignore your undergraduate grades and use this GPA for admissions purposes. If you have completed a master's or doctorate degree in the US, the Graduate College will admit you based on this GPA. Grades that are excluded from the GPA calculation include: S, P, Audit and grades awarded for professional programs (i.e., law, medicine, etc.).

Yes. All parts of your online application, including receipt of your letters of recommendation, must be filled out by the deadline. You will be able to upload many of your required documents and postal mail the rest.

You can submit your application at any time during the year. We review applications throughout the year, once they are complete.

You can apply to start the program in a future term, not just the closest upcoming session. For example, you can apply in February to begin studying in the Spring 2 session in March, or in the Summer 1 or Summer 2 sessions.

Official (sealed) transcripts should be sent to:

Department of MIS, Online Admission 
The University of Arizona 
McClelland Hall 430 
P.O. Box 210108 
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108 

Phone: (520) 621-2748

As a rule, the MIS department does not provide its applicants with notices of application completeness. We suggest that you double-check any packages that you send to us (to ensure that they are complete), and obtain a delivery confirmation receipt directly from the mail service.

The TOEFL is required only for international students. If you have a degree from an accredited US institution, awarded within two years of the term of enrollment, you do not have to take the TOEFL.

The TOEFL score must be less than 2 years old at the time your first class begins. For example, if classes begin on August 26, 2019, and you took the TOEFL test on August 23, 2017, that score would be invalid and you would have to take the test again.

Preparing for Your First Course

These FAQ's are designed to help answer your questions AFTER you have been accepted and admitted into the program.

Your SID and PIN are issued by the University of Arizona Graduate College upon admission into the college. If you have been admitted and have not received your SID and PIN, contact the Graduate College. These are permanently assigned numbers. They do not change from semester to semester. Please store them in a safe place, as you'll need them to access various student services.

Your UA NetID (with password) is your personal identification for using UA online resources. A UA NetID is required of everyone associated with the University of Arizona who plans on using online central administrative programs and computing services. Your computing services include interfaces used to access:

  • Email and UITS Computing Accounts (email.arizona.edu, u.arizona.edu (U-System), etc.)
  • Web applications (UAccess Student, Form Link, etc.)
  • University site-licensed software, etc.

You will need your student ID and student pin number to create your UA NetID.

To create a UA NetID go to http://netid.arizona.edu and click on "Create UA NetID" Follow the steps to setup your UA NetID. This will create a username and password for you. Additional information about NetID can be found at http://uits.arizona.edu/faq/netid-and-passwords

CatMail - Student Email 
Students at the University of Arizona are automatically given a CatMail email account when creating their NetID: “netid @ email.arizona.edu.” (If you prefer, you can also send and receive email using netid @ catmail.arizona.edu. It will access the same account.) This email address is the official means of communication between the University and students. CatMail service is outsourced to Google Apps Education Edition, which also provides Google applications such as calendaring; IM and video chat; collaborative word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, website building; and more. Additional information on CatMail may be found at http://uits.arizona.edu/services/catmail-student-email.

If you have technical problems with the above call the 24/7 IT Support Center at (520) 626-TECH (8324) or fill out a form at http://uits.arizona.edu/departments/the247

UAccess is a password-protected service that allows students to access personal and academic information and transact university business via the Web. A UA NetID and password are required for login. It may be accessed at http://uaccess.arizona.edu/

Figure out which course you want to take. Visit the Course Calendar to review when courses are being offered, and talk to your advisor to plan your schedule.

Are you ready to take your next class? Visit UAccess Student Center (http://uaccess.arizona.edu/) and login using your UA NetID and password

  1. Once you have logged into UAccess Student Center, click the "Search For Classes" button
  2. Within the Enroll tab, click the "Search" button and select "MIS: Management Information Systems" in the Subject dropdown, "UA Online" in the Campus dropdown, then click "Search."
  3. Select the courses you would like to enroll in, making sure the section number is either 201 or 202, then click the "Select" button
  4. Click "Next" to add the course to your shopping cart.
  5. Once you have selected all the courses you wish to enroll in, click the "Proceed to Step 2 of 3" button
  6. A list of all courses you have selected will appear. Select the checkboxes corresponding to the course you intend to enrolling, then click "Finish Enrolling" button.

An error message and a red X will appear in the status column if you have not successfully registered for your course(s). Please contact your advisor if you receive any errors.

Course Information

Yes, our programs and courses are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

No. Please refer to the program page to view course offerings and dates. The academic advisor can help you plan a sequence of courses based on course availability and your schedule.

Students spend an average of 10-20 hours per week on each course. Your technical skill level and existing knowledge could influence the amount of time you may need to spend on some classes.

While you can choose the days of the week and times of day to work on classes, assignments are due on a weekly basis. The course syllabus will define what assignments are due each week. Students will get access to the syllabus after they have successfully registered.

MISonline courses are delivered using a combination of online voiced-over material supplemented by online labs, assignments, projects, reading materials, quizzes, and exams.

Each course duration is 8 weeks (there are breaks over the holidays) and materials will be available online while students are enrolled in a course. Except for instructor designated materials, students will be able to also download material for later personal use/reference.

Assignments will be given for each week and must be completed within a designated time frame. Courses are NOT self paced but are structured in weekly assignments.

Course mix will include a variety of active learning opportunities including projects, discussions, chats, labs, extra credit opportunities, quizzes and exams. All of which will be delivered online.

Courses are delivered via a secure online course management system called D2L (Desire to Learn.) Students will be given access and instructions to D2L upon acceptance into the program. In addition, students will upload their assignments and conduct online discussions with the instructor and classmates through the D2L interface. 

 

The courses are asynchronous. Students receive weekly assignments at the beginning of each week and must complete the assignments within a designated time frame—usually one week.

MISonline students will be using a variety of online applications including discussion boards, chats and virtual labs. The following lists our suggested hardware and software requirements.

Hardware (PC or Mac)

  • Intel i5 or i7 processor
  • 8 Gigabytes System RAM
  • 500 Megabytes Hard Drive Space
  • Preferred 768 kb/s broadband Internet connection download speed or faster. Minimum 256 Kb/s download speed.

Required Software 

MACs - “Parallels” or equivalent solution which allows running of Microsoft based tools

Expected Student Computing Environment

  • Windows 7 or 8, or MacOS X 10.4 operating systems or higher.
  • Microsoft Office or another compatible Office program.
  • Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or other web browser supporting the above required software

For more information on Eller recommended configurations see:  https://it.eller.arizona.edu/sites/it/files/docs/ellerit/recommendations-march-2015.pdf

Textbooks are not required for every course. When books are required, they are listed on the courses page.

Each MISonline course is 8 weeks long—half the length of the traditional University semester. We schedule two online courses to fit within one traditional University semester. Fall 1 courses generally begin at the same time as the University's fall semester, and the Fall 2 term starts 8 weeks later. Spring courses follow the same pattern. MISonline also offers two 8-week terms in the summer, which do not align with the timing of the University's on-campus course offerings. 

The Master’s of MIS degree program requires 30 credits for graduation, which is ten courses. View the required courses here.

Completion of a certificate program requires three courses/9 credits.

Students must take one course in every traditional University semester to be considered “active” in the program. If you did not take at least one course in the fall semester and one in the spring, you were discontinued. Simply fill out a Leave of Absence form and send a signed copy to your advisor to become active again.  

How do I...

MISonline instructors use a course management system called D2L (Desire to Learn) as their means of delivering course material to students, including the course syllabus, instructor information, course materials, discussion boards, online assessments and more. 

The University of Arizona no longer mails grade reports. Final grades are posted by the Office of Curriculum and Registration in UAccess. To get your final grades:

  1. Go to the UAccess (https://www.uaccess.arizona.edu/)
  2. Click on "UAccess Student Center"
  3. Log in using your NetID and password to get access to your student records.
  4. Within My Academics, click on "Grades" in the dropdown.
  5. The choose the semester you’re interested in. Click on “View.”

The University of Arizona no longer mails grade reports. The final grades are posted by the Office of Curriculum and Registration in UAccess. To get your final grades:

  1. Go to the UAccess (https://www.uaccess.arizona.edu/)
  2. Click on "UAccess Student Center"
  3. Log in using your NetID and password to get access to your student records.
  4. Within My Academics, click on "Grades" in the dropdown.
  5. The choose the semester you’re interested in. Click on “View.”

A report can be printed for various uses such as submitting to employers for tuition reimbursement. When printing for official use, make sure the display option is turned on showing your name and student ID.

To activate the display option to print out a copy with your name and SID on it:

  1. If the Print View is open, click on “Close.”
  2. On the lower navy blue navigation bar, click on "Preferences"
  3. Click on "Display Settings."
  4. In the box "Show Display Name" check the box (“Click this box to display the student name and SID on all Print Views.”).
  5. Click "Update."
  6. A message will say “Successfully updated user preference.”
  7. Click on “Academic.”
  8. Click on “Grades.”
  9. Use the drop-down menu to get to the semester you’re interested in. Click on “View.”
  10. On the upper navigation bar, click on “Print View.”
  11. Click on “Print.”
  12. Close the Print View window after you’ve printed the report.