MS Computer Science & Information Systems

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are accepted into the program each year?

The MS CSIS program generally accepts 15 to 20 students per year. [Back to Top]

What are the average GPA and GMAT statistics?

Statistics from the incoming class of 2015-2016:

  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.15
  • Average GRE Score: 308

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What do I need to begin an application?

All you need is a valid email address. You are charged the application fee only when you submit a completed application. [Back to Top]

What will I need to complete an application?

You will need:

  • transcripts of all your previous college work (you don't need this if you attended UNCW)
  • test scores from either the GRE or GMAT
  • three (3) recommendations; these are completed online by your references
  • resume
  • letter of interest

You may also need to submit:

  • if you have them, certificates of training
  • if you are not a native english speaker, you will need TOEFL (560 points) or IELTS (6.5 points)
  • international student forms

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Is financial support available?

There are two main sources of support for students: graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Graduate assistantships involve working at the university in a part-time capacity. Typical tasks include assisting with classes, assisting with research, grading, technical support, or building systems. MS CSIS students are in demand in many areas of the university, so in the past several years, all students who sought a graduate assistantship received one.

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. In addition to scholarships specific to the MS CSIS program, there are University, State and Federal scholarships that students can apply for. [Back to Top]

What is the minimum GMAT/GRE score for admission?

There is no minimum. Your entire application is reviewed by the admissions committee. Low test scores are often outweighed by excellent recommendations, letter of intent, grades, and/or work experience. High test scores are not a guarantee of admission. [Back to Top]

What is the admissions committee criteria?

The admissions committee considers the entire application packet. In general, the admissions committee is looking for:

  • applicants who clearly want to be in a blended, interdisciplinary program
  • applicants who have a high potential to complete the program

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Where have MS CSIS students previously studied?

Students come from all over the United States and abroad. Some undergraduate universities represented by our graduate students include:

  • Appalachian State University
  • The Citadel Military College
  • Covenant University (Lagos)
  • East Carolina University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Mount Olive College
  • National Chi Nan University (Taiwan)
  • NC State University
  • NC Wesleyan College
  • Oberlin College
  • Slippery Rock University of PA
  • University of Toronto
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • UNC Greensboro
  • UNC Wilmington
  • Vardharman College of Engineering (India)

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What student organizations and clubs are offered?

Many MSCSIS students are involved in the Cyber Defense Club, the MSCSIS Student Organization, and Professional Societies such as Upsilon Pi Epsilon. More information on these organizations can be found here.

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