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Master of Science in Information Systems
The MSIS program at Santa Clara University is designed to equip leaders in information technology management with the tools to harness the power of information. Created by the same outstanding faculty that provides the premier MBA education for Silicon Valley, the MSIS degree focuses on the application of technology for solving real organizational and business problems. Much of the course work is project-based, connecting learning to actual challenges in the field. Students learn how to integrate emerging technologies into organizational practices and to successfully manage complex, technically centered change processes.
Applicants for admission to the MSIS program must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its foreign equivalent before registering in the Leavey School of Business. Applicants also must have successfully completed at least one course in each of the following areas prior to enrollment:
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
Students are admitted in the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Program brochures are available from the Graduate Business Admissions Office or by calling 408-551-7047. Brochure requests and admission correspondence also may be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applicant must complete and submit the following items before the Admissions Committee will render an admissions decision:
Online application fees must be paid by credit card and submitted electronically. To apply online, visit www.scu.edu/apply/business.
Applicants must have their official GMAT or GRE score reports sent directly to the Graduate Business Admissions Committee. Applicants whose first language is not English must either achieve a minimum score of 95 on the TOEFL (internet-based test), 7 on the IELTS, or 68 on the PTE. This requirement may also be met by scoring at or above the 50th percentile on the verbal portion of the GMAT or GRE.
Foreign applicants requesting student visas must submit a current financial statement (no more than 90 days old) showing adequate funds for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the first year of study, and must enroll in at least 9 units each quarter. Santa Clara University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
Applicants are responsible for the appropriate submission of all application materials, including:
Applications will not be considered until the MSIS Admissions Committee has received all materials.
The complete application package should be sent as early as possible. Admissions decisions are made throughout the year. For deadlines, access the online application at /www.scu.edu/business/mba/admission.cfm
Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic ability as indicated by college records and GMAT or GRE scores, demonstrated technical management potential (including work experience and recommendations), and motivation to complete a demanding academic program. Once accepted, a $300 nonrefundable tuition deposit is required prior to registration. See the Admissions section for additional procedures and policies.
MSIS Capstone Petition Procedure
Students working on the Capstone project must submit a Capstone Petition form with the approved topic, list of group members (if any), and signatures of the faculty director and advisor to the Graduate Business Programs Office in order to be administratively enrolled in the course. Students will receive an email confirmation that the form has been received. Enrollment is typically processed the week prior to the quarterly registration period.
Upon completion of the MSIS Capstone project, student participants must submit the MSIS Completion of Capstone Project form with the appropriate faculty signatures (faculty director and advisor) and assigned grade to the Graduate Business Programs Office. The grade will be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for posting for all courses.
All course descriptions can be found in the Course Description section.
MSIS GRADUATION PETITION PROCESS
In order to graduate, all MSIS students must complete and submit an online Petition to Graduate. The information provided in the petition is used to order and mail the diploma and list names in the SCU Commencement Book. If this data changes after the petition has been submitted, students must re-submit an amended petition. Students failing to do so could be omitted from the commencement book and ceremony.
In order to be eligible to graduate, MSIS students must complete:
Deadlines to submit a Petition to Graduate are as follows:
*Students wishing to participate in the June Commencement Ceremony must submit their petitions by March 15
To Petition to Graduate, visit: www.scu.edu/business/graduates/graduation/
TRANSFERRING TO THE MBA PROGRAM
It is possible to transfer from the MSIS program to the evening MBA program. However, Admissions will not review a transfer request until the student has completed one year in the MSIS program. A transfer will be granted only once, is not automatic, and is at the discretion of the faculty director and assistant dean.
For information regarding entrance into the MBA program after completion of the MSIS program, contact the Graduate Business Programs Office.
Students enrolled in the MSIS program at Santa Clara are required to follow the same policies and procedures as students in the MBA program. Each student is personally responsible for knowing all of the academic regulations of the graduate business school. This includes, but is not limited to; grading, leave of absence, withdrawal, and concurrent enrollment. Please refer to the Academic section for additional information.