The curriculum for international students consists of 12 courses totaling 36 credit hours*. Near the end of the coursework the candidate must complete a thesis project and pass a comprehensive examination.

*An additional three credit Foundation Course may be required.

Admission
Admission requirements are listed below:

  • All degree candidates are expected to have at least a bachelor's degree completed with a minimum of 3.0 ('B') GPA from an accredited US institution or from an equivalent foreign university. An applicant with a degree awarded as the result of studies less than four years must show proof that such degree is equivalent with a comparable four year long US study. The original or an officially validated copy of the transcript must be submitted to the University.

  • A completed Application for Admission form together with a $50 (US) application fee is needed as part of the admission process.

  • A current resume

  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from former university instructors or administrators

  • Official GRE scores submitted to DeSales University (School Code: 2021)

English
The successful completion of the MSIS Program requires a mastery of the English language. Candidates whose native language is not English are required to take and obtain acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. In addition, candidates may be asked to participate in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program offered by the University. There is an additional fee for the ESL program.

Academic Standing
Degree candidates of the MSIS Program are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA ('B') average. Participants who fail to maintain such GPA may be placed on probation or may be asked to resign from the program.

Schedule
The MSIS degree has been designed to be a flexible education primary for adult professionals who seek educational attainments or enhancing existing careers through part time evening studies. Because of its flexibility, the Program can also accommodate full-time students.

Full-time students are required to attend a minimum of 6 courses per year.

Finances
At present the University is unable to offer financial aid or scholarship for international students.

The first payment of the tuition is to be paid prior to the departure of the candidate to the US. The use of libraries and computing facilities are included in the tuition, however, books and other incidentals related to the curriculum are not.

In addition to the above the candidate is responsible for living expenses which include travel, housing, meals, entertainment, medical care, and other costs necessary to maintain an existence in the US. Depending upon the need of the student, such expenses may require an additional $800 - $1,000 per month.

All students must have US medical insurance. Please call the University to obtain current medical insurance information.

Graduate Housing may be available in one of the residence halls of the campus at the cost of approximately $6,000 per year including 19 meals per week. Since the University is located in a rural area, living on campus significantly reduces living expenses by eliminating the cost of transportation.

Regulations require the submission of the Certification of Finances form.

Procedure
Applicants should send a letter or email to the Graduate Admissions Director indicating interest in the Program. Upon receiving the letter of interest, the Office of Graduate Admissions will send detailed description of the procedure to be followed. The applicant may officially apply for admission by submitting the following documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form

  • Application Fee of $50 submitted online or via check or money order for $50 (US) drawn to DeSales University

  • All foreign transcripts evaluated by an approved credential evaluation agency - www.naces.org

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Original or certified copy of TOEFL results

  • Official GRE scores

  • Current resume

  • Completed Certification of Finance Form

Upon receiving the above documentation the Admissions and Academic Policies Committee will consider the application.

If the Committee acts favorably on the application, a letter including a completed I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status) will be sent to the applicant. The letter together with the I-20 form then must be brought to the nearest US Consulate to apply for the visa. There is no guarantee that the US Consulate will grant a visa to the applicant.

Any questions regarding the procedure for entry into the MSIS program should be addressed to the Graduate Admissions Director via email at gradadmissions@desales.edu

 

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