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University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

To apply to this program, you must meet the following requirements.


You must have a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program.


Submit your official GRE scores if your GPA is lower than 3.0 (use institutional code 1319).


You must have completed the following courses:

  • IT 279 (Algorithms and Data Structures)
  • IT 378 (Database Processing) or consent of the graduate advisor

English Proficiency Scores (International Students Only)

International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 88 iBT, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based; the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.0 band.

Global Access to Online Degree Programs

When applying, international students applying to a fully online program must agree to our international online and hybrid programs disclosure and disclaimer statements. Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  March 1 
Spring  September 1 

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Dr. Yongning Tang  Old Union 107  (309) 438-8002