Two-Step Application Procedure
The application to the MSIS program is a two step process. A prospective student must first apply to the university to be enrolled as an unclassified graduate student. this simply opens the door for the student to pursue graduate studies at Cal State LA. The student should then proceed to apply to one of the colleges in the university, which in this case is the College of Business and Economics, for admission to a specific degree program, which in this case is the MSIS program. Both applications can be submitted at the same time.
University Level Application to Pursue Graduate Studies
For admission to the University, applicants must have:
College Level Application to Enroll in the MSIS Program
Processing of Application and Admission Requirements
The College examines each candidate's potential, taking into consideration all academic work experience, level of responsibility, and other factors that may have a bearing on the individual's potential for success. Applicants are evaluated on the merits of their own application in comparison with those of all other applicants for the quarter.
The applicants to the MSIS program in the School of Business and Economics are required to satisfy the following minimum criteria, in addition to the University admission requirements that were listed earlier, to attain immediate Classified Graduate Standing (Stage 1 of the path to graduation).
The prospective students are required to sit for the GMAT examination and pass the examination with a minimum score of 500. Further information on GMAT can be found at the GMAT website.
Domestic students who are
applying for the Fall and Winter quarters should take the GMAT no later than the previous June. International (visa)
applicants for the Fall quarter should take the test no
later than the previous January.
Professional Experience in IT
In addition to the GMAT requirement, the applicants are admitted to the MSIS program based on a comprehensive review by the Department of Information Systems of their work experience reflected in a resume and two letters of recommendation from persons who have supervised the applicant's work. The work experience required for the MSIS Professional Option and the MSIS Executive Option are listed below.
Students who cannot fully satisfy the required work experience stated above can still apply to the program. After a comprehensive review of the applicants potential, the College of Business and Economics may conditionally admit the students with requiring then to complete a set of prerequisites assigned by the principal graduate advisor. As a precondition, they will be required to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in the prerequisite courses assigned to them.
In this case, the students will remain in Conditionally Classified Graduate standing until the conditions are met. They may not be permitted to enroll in graduate level courses other than those assigned to them as the prerequisites.
Most often, applicants with a bachelor's degree in a computer related filed, but with less than 2 years of computer related experience may qualify under this provision to pursue the MSIS Professional Option program.
Candidates not Normally Considered
Candidates with a baccalaureate degree in a non-computer related field with less than 2 years of full-time professional experience will not normally be considered for the MSIS Professional Option program. They may, however, apply for consideration after obtaining 2 years of experience in the field of Information Technology.
Application Deadlines for Domestic Applicants
Applicants must submit the documents listed below during the filing period for the desired quarter of admission.
Application Deadlines for International Students
International graduate applicants are required to submit all supporting documents (including degree verification) by the final day of the application filing period listed above. The international student application can be obtained at: http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/intlstu/adm_info.htm
International (visa) applicants seeking entry to the United States on the basis of acceptance by Cal State L.A. must file a special international student application (available from the Admissions Office) at least six months before the quarter they wish to begin their studies. For assistance in resolving admission problems and complying with regulations governing the entry of international students, applicants can contact International Student Services, phone (323) 343-3170.
The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of international (visa) students. For these purposes, international (visa) students are residents of a country other than the United States or who hold visas as students, exchange visitors, or one in other nonimmigrant classifications.
Students accepted at Cal State L.A. for post-baccalaureate or graduate study must enroll in the quarter for which application was made. Applicants who do not register for the quarter for which they have been accepted will have their admission canceled; see "Reapplication After Failure to Enroll" earlier in this chapter. The application fee may not be transferred or used to apply to another term.
Students who are admitted but do not register in the quarter for which they applied must reapply to the University and pay another application fee if seeking admission to any future quarter. There is no deferred admission.
Reapplication to the CBE is not necessary if readmission is sought within one academic year. Students who seek to reactivate their CBE graduate program application file for admission consideration must send a letter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Resources, indicating the quarter for which they seek admission. With the letter they must include information about any activities they have undertaken since the first application.
Loss of Continuing Registration Privileges
Note that, unless granted a formal leave of absence, continuing graduate students who fail to attend at least two quarters in a given calendar year lose their continuing registration privileges and must compete for readmission with all other applicants.
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