Computer Information Systems Master of Computer Information Systems (M.C.I.S.)

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Students can be admitted in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. The program has 5 entry points to provide students an opportunity to begin when they are ready.

Fall July 1 (May 1 for international students)
Spring December 1 (October 1 for international students)

Please be aware that financial aid deadlines may occur before the application for admission deadlines.

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

Master of Computer Information Systems applicants generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:1

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Satisfactory GMAT/GRE scores or waiver2
  • International applicants: Internet-based3 TOEFL score of 86 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or a PTE score of 58 or higher
  1. While we encourage our students to meet the minimum criteria, failure to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas, as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.
  2. The GMAT is preferred. You may request a waiver to the GMAT or GRE if you have 5+ years full-time professional work experience that show a progression in responsibility (or military experience at an officer's rank) and at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in accredited undergraduate work (3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits is acceptable), or have completed a graduate degree. Please contact us to learn if you might qualify for a waiver.
  3. Other testing formats may be accepted. Please contact us for information.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Three professional recommendations
Recommendations provide insight into your skills and expertise in the professional environment and areas where a graduate degree can help you improve. Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide your recommenders' information on the online application. CSU will contact them and give them a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.

Statement of purpose
The statement of purpose is a one-page letter addressing 1) why you chose our program, 2) what you hope to do with the knowledge and skills you would learn, and 3) what value you and your background would bring to the program. You will upload this document to your online application.

Current resume
Describe the responsibilities of your professional experience and what you accomplished while in those positions; show the length of time for each position (including the month and year). International applicants, please provide the city, state, and country for your employment and academic history. You will upload this document to your online application.

Academic Performance Explanation (if GPA is below 3.0)
If your most recent degree (undergraduate or graduate) cumulative GPA is below 3.0, explain the circumstances relating to your past academic performance on your online application.

English language proficiency test (if needed)
International applicants must complete the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE if the official language of your country is not English or if you did not earn your undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S.-accredited institution. Test scores must be submitted directly to Colorado State University (school code 4075) from the testing centers.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Computer Information Systems (M.C.I.S) or Computer Information Systems (M.C.I.S.) – Distance" for the program of study.

4Submit Online Applicant Data Sheet

Use your CSU ID number to complete and submit the College of Business applicant data sheet. After you submit your application online, you will receive a CSU ID number in approximately two to three days, unless you already have one (alumni and current students).

5Submit Test Scores

GMAT or GRE or waiver petition form
Take the GMAT or GRE and have scores sent electronically to Colorado State University directly from the testing service (school code 4075). Or, if you qualify and want to petition for a GMAT or GRE waiver, complete the waiver form, which will be available after you submit your online application.

6Request Transcripts

Original and official transcripts must be received from each institution you attended, including the institution from which you received your degree. Institutions may mail or email transcripts directly to the address below. If you already have sealed, official copies of your transcripts, you may mail those directly to us. (Student copies are not accepted.)

International applicants: You must submit one set of official transcripts and a degree statement with a certified translation into English from each college or university attended, or notarized/certified copies if you can't get originals. Documents must show courses and final examinations taken, marks received for each year, and degree or diploma received. These must be mailed to us.

Send e-transcripts to:

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and promptly notify you of their decision.

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