Admission Information

View this link for information specific to International Students


University Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    1. Completed graduate application for admission
    2. $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    3. Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE:  We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley
    4. For those whose native language is NOT English, either the Official TOEFL or IELTS score report. Only original score reports will be accepted.

Program Requirements

Requirements for consideration of admission into the program are as follows:

  1. All international students must have a satisfactory score on their GRE Test; U.S. students with a GPA below 3.0 from all of their undergraduate coursework must contact the School of Computing & Information Systems for advising.
  2. Candidates must possess knowledge of a programming language.
  3. Candidates are expected to possess knowledge in the following areas.  Candidates lacking coursework or work experience in one or more of these may be considered for conditional admission.  Please speak with the Graduate Program Director for advising.
    1. Computer architecture and/or organization
    2. Data structures and algorithms
    3. Databases
    4. Discrete math
    5. Networking
    6. Operating systems
    7. Software engineering 
  4. Submit acceptable recommendations from at least two individuals attesting to the likelihood of the candidate’s successful completion of the program.
  5. Submit a resume detailing work experiences and accomplishments.
  6. Submit a personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives.

Certificate and Non-Degree Seeking Students

As long as you have an undergraduate degree, you may enroll as a "non-degree seeking student". As a non-degree student you can either complete one of six content areas and receive a graduate certificate for that particular content area, or simply take graduate courses. The first 12 credits taken as a certificate or non-degree seeking student automatically apply to the MS-CIS if you apply to the full program. Please contact the Graduate Program Director beforehand to make sure you have the background to be able to handle the subject matter.

Program Start and Admission Deadline

Domestic students may enter the CIS program at the beginning of either the Fall or Winter semesters of the academic year (late August and early January). However, you should pay careful attention to the course offering schedule to determine when specific courses are offered.

For domestic students there are no firm deadlines for admissions. However, practically speaking, you should have your application materials into GVSU a month before you want to begin.

For international students please see our International Students page.

Page last modified January 27, 2014