Online Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) Admissions

Qualifications for Admission

Admissions to the Online Master of Science in Information Systems Technology program is competitive. Applicants must present a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and meet the minimum entrance requirements of the School of Business. The review process considers each of the following areas on its own merit and candidates should show significant achievement in each area to be considered a strong prospect for admission.

  • The ability to excel academically in an environment that will demand strong technical, analytical, and communication skills.
  • Evidence of maturity to integrate educational opportunities into personal and professional goals.
  • Management and leadership potential and strong communication skills.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are considered for fall and spring semester admissions. We strongly encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible for the strongest consideration.

Online Application Requirements

To be considered complete, the following documents must be included in the online application:

  • Completed Online Application: The fee will be waived for applicants who already possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from GW. The online application accepts electronic payment. However, you may still submit a check to the admissions office.
  • Current Résumé: Uploaded through the online application system.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: From professional and/or academic references.
  • Statement of Career Objective: In no more than 500 words, describe how the MSIST program fits into your professional life and your career objectives.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Transcripts: Upload copies of your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, whether or not the program was completed or the credit appears as a transfer credit on another transcript. Note that admitted students will be required to submit official, sealed transcripts with proof of bachelor’s degree. There is no need to submit them at the time when you first apply.
  • International Applicants: Applicants who have not completed their entire degree in a country in which English is the principal language must submit one of the following—an official TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0, or a PTE Academic Score of at least 68. Test date must be within the past two years. TOEFL code: 5246 Department  code: 02  
  • Financial Certification Form along with supporting documentation indicating that you have adequate funding for tuition and living expenses for the duration of the MSIST program. The form is required from students requesting a visa and only after receiving an admission offer.
  • Copies of all current or recently issued visa or I-20 documentation. (To expedite processing, you should submit an application that is otherwise complete and forward the copies of visa or I-20 documentation when they become available).

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate course work may be approved for transfer to the School of Business from enrollment at GW in non-degree status or from another degree-granting school of this University, or another regionally accredited college or university under the following conditions:

  • The course work must be approved as part of the student’s program of studies. 
  • It must not have been applied to the completion of requirements for another degree.
  • It must be at the graduate level.
  • It must have been taken within the two years prior to acceptance into the program and the student must have received a grade of B or better (including any IST course taken for a grade at GW as a non-degree student).

It is strongly recommended that students be formally admitted into the School of Business before beginning course work.

Application Deadlines

All Programs


Application Deadline

Round 1 (preferred candidate round)


December 15, 2018

Round 2


January 15, 2019

Round 3 (final international deadline)


March 30, 2019

Round 4


April 30, 2019

Apply To This Program

Applications are submitted through the GW Student Portal. You can sign up for an account if you don't have one.

Contact the Online MSIST Program

Applicants for the Online MSIST program should send all supporting documentation not submitted online to the following address:

The GW School of Business | Online MSIST Program
Duquès Hall, Suite 550
2201 G St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052