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Undergraduate
General Program Overview
  • What is the study of information systems about?
  • Information Systems is about how information technology can be used to support and enhance business processes, and create value to organizations. Though technology is an important aspect of an information systems program, it is not just a technical degree program (such as the computer science program), but it is a business degree program. In today’s global technology–driven business environment, information systems is the life blood of every organization. UT Dallas School of Management MIS programs in Information Systems are designed to meet the growing demand for graduates who have the ability to understand technology and how it can impact an organization IS performance.

  • What kind of careers can I look forward to?
  • Entry level positions include (but are not limited to) systems analysts, business analysts, systems programmers, IT specialists, and consultants. As time passes, your IS degree (coupled with your organizational experience) will prepare you to work as team and project leaders, IS managers, and possibly Chief Information Officers (CIO’s) or Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s).

  • What sort of demand is there for information systems professionals?
  • Despite the dotcom bust of 2001 and articles in press indicating that outsourcing has had a negative impact on the demand for information systems professionals here in the USA, the truth is that more information systems professionals are needed, and will continue to be needed. While jobs that are related primarily to programming have been or are in the danger being outsourced to other countries, jobs in areas such as business process management, ERP systems, information security, and business intelligence (all of which require strong IT and business skills) continue to be in strong demand. Read these recent articles about demand for IS professionals: MIS journal survey 2009 reported a considerable hike in the salary of IT professionals.Read more Money magazine rated computer analysts as the 7th best job in America. Read more Five of the 12 fastest growing occupations are IT related. Read more The median base salary for an IT professional is $80,000. Read more For more information on exciting careers in Management Information Systems, visit Career Voyages. To look at national job openings, see www.dice.com

  • What kind of job can I get after completing the program?
  • There are tremendous opportunities for ISOM graduates in industry. Typical job titles include Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Programmer, Management Consultant, System Administrator, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, and Application Developer.

  • What will my earning potential be upon graduation?
  • Generally, entry–level jobs in IT are among the highest paying of any business field. According to NACE Salary Survey in 2011, the average annual salary for Management Information Systems bachelors degree candidates was $56.868.

  • What courses should I register for first?
  • You need to take the curriculum courses that cover the base knowledge of Management in the first and second year like Communication, Social and Behavioral Humanities and Fine Arts: Mathematics and Quantitative Science. Later, you can choose advanced courses in Management Information Systems.

  • When is the best time for me to start thinking about the job search?
  • It is never too early to start a job search. Most commonly, students start looking for employment opportunities in the last semester before graduation. However, students are encouraged to get a head start by working with our career center two semesters prior to graduation.

  • Are there student clubs?
  • There are two student run clubs, The MIS Club and the SAP User Group . The clubs hold monthly meetings with speakers from industry. They provide leadership opportunities for students in the IS programs, and also opportunities to network with industry professionals.

  • I am interested in information systems, but I do not major in the school of management. What are my options?
  • We offer Enterprise Systems minor that focuses on business processes and IT (specifically ERP systems) that support these processes. Those that have skills in enterprise systems are in high demand in almost all industries. Please see the requirements for this minor here.

  • I keep hearing about various certifications in the IT area. Will taking IS courses help me obtain certifications?
  • Certifications often command a high value from hiring managers. There are literally hundreds of certifications available; however, only a few are popular in the industry. MIS@UTD offers two undergraduate level certificate programs that can be completed within UTD. These are SAP Business One and SAP Associate Application Consultant certifications. Please find the details about these here. In addition, specific courses such as BA 4330 (Information Technology Security Management) help you pass specific certification exams. Please contact the director of IS programs for more information on this.

  • Who is the most helpful in the job search?
  • The career services center is an asset to help you conduct your job search. Friends, faculty, parents, alumni, and relatives are other resources.

  • Is it necessary to do an internship?
  • No, it is not necessary. However, an internship is a good way to get additional skills to help you apply your learning and accumulate work experience

  • Can I get credit for an internship?
  • There is a formal process for receiving credit for internships. For more detailed information, please contact the advising office in 2.250

Graduate
General Program Overview
  • What are the courses offered in MS ITM?
  • The courses offered for master’s students in ITM are the basic business courses, IT foundation courses, IT elective courses, and free electives. The business core courses are designed to provide students with the context to better appreciate and understand the complex issues that occur at the interface between IT and business. The IT foundation courses cover the essentials of IT knowledge that any student must possess. The IT elective courses provide in-depth knowledge of the technology and technology management issues. In addition, students may choose approved electives appropriate to meet their individual educational and professional goals. The program also offers opportunities for students to concentrate in specific tracks, such as Enterprise Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Healthcare Systems, and Information Security, depending on their interests and goals. Please contact the School of Management Advising Office for the recommended courses for these tracks.

  • How many credit hours do I need to take for MS in ITM?
  • The Master of Science in Information Technology and Management requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours, consisting of basic business courses, IT foundation courses, IT elective courses, and free electives.

  • I want to know if a student is eligible to complete the credit hours in one year to complete the degree course as I don’t want to take too much time off from my work?
  • The masters program requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. Typically a master’s program is for two years. However, students can complete a master’s degree in 1.5 years.

  • What are the qualification criteria for MS in ITM?
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in both core courses and aggregate courses to qualify for the M.S. degree.

  • I am very much interested in doing masters in Information technology and management but I am not able to figure out the duration of the program as well as the entire fees that the program would cost me?
  • Our MS programs are typically of 2 years in which you need to take 36 semester credit hours. Most of the courses are of 3 credits which implies that you need to take at least 12 courses. Please visit the Bursar’s Office for the current fee structure of our university. The fee is different for resident and non-resident students. Remember that this fee structure changes from year to year.

  • How many hours can be transferred into the program?
  • Upon approval, up to 9 hours of graduate level course work from other universities may be transferred into the MS in Information Technology Management program. You must have obtained a grade of B or better and the course cannot have been taken more than 5 years ago. You can apply for transfer of credits after enrolling in the MS in ITM degree.

  • Are there any other limitations on waiving courses because of taking similar courses from other institutions?
  • Waivers of program requirements may be granted in recognition of previous course work completed with a grade of “B” or better within the past six years. Waivers are approved by the appropriate program director through a process that allows a student to skip a core course and take the next higher level course in the same academic area with no reduction in the overall program hour requirements. Up to 9 semester credit hours of course work from other universities may be waived from or transferred to the MS in ITM program.

  • Can courses be taken at other institutions after enrolling in a School of Management graduate program?
  • Students officially admitted to a School of Management graduate program must obtain prior approval before taking any courses at another university. The resultant transfer hours may be denied if prior approval is not obtained. See the School of Management Advising Office for details on applying for pre-approvals.

  • What is “guaranteed tuition”?
  • This plan freezes tuition rates at the rate applicable to the first semester you enroll, and remains valid for a period of four years.

  • Can I take the whole MS in ITM program online?
  • Yes, a student will be able to complete the requirements of the degree by taking only online courses. However, not all courses are available online. We are adding more online courses every year.

Admission Requirements/Procedures
  • For admit to the MS program in ITM, does the school require GRE score only or GMAT score also works?
  • You may take either the GMAT or the GRE.

  • Do you accept four year old GRE scores?
  • We accept GRE scores not more than 5 years old. The school's average GRE score is 1240.

  • I am interested to have the program details such as: Eligibility criterion, Fee structure, Average GRE score required, Average GPA score required, Work experience required
    • Eligibility criterion: The applicants are required to fill the application form and submit it before the application deadline. The GRE score should be no more than 5 years old. We also require 3 letters of recommendations, transcripts from all previous attended universities, a well written statement of purpose and a resume. All international students are required to pass an English language test for example TOEFL. Applicants are also required to submit the application fee.
    • Fee structure: The fee structure varies from year to year. The masters students are required to take 36 semester credit hours which comes out to be 12 courses in two years. Please visit the Bursar’s Office for the current fee structure of our university. The fee is different for resident and non-resident students. Remember that this fee structure changes from year to year.
    • The school’s average GRE score is 1240 and average GMAT score is 600.
    • The average GPA of the enrolled masters student is 3.3 out of 4.
    • Work experience is always recommended but not required.
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  • Please suggest me my chances of admission to this program and the other requirements, so that I can work to fulfill them.
  • The admission to the ITM master’s program is highly competitive. The decision is made after reviewing all the documents provided by the applicant and the current applicant pool.

  • What is the minimum GMAT score that is required in order to be accepted into UTD and the MS in Information Technology and Management program ?
  • The school’s average GMAT score is 600. This is an average, lower scores can be compensated by the GPA, work experience and extracurricular activities. Note that the GMAT and GRE’s are not the only criteria considered for admission.

  • What are the application deadlines?
  • For domestic applicants (Fall – July 1, Spring – November 1, Summer – April 1). For international applicants (Fall – May 1, Spring – September 1, Summer – March 1)

  • Do I need to turn in all my required documents by the deadline?
  • NO, however the more documents you turn in the better, but as long as you submit the online application and pay the application fee before the deadline you have met the deadline. However keep in mind that before you can enroll in any course or be approved for financial aid you will have to be admitted into the program and in addition to turning in all the required documents, this process can take 3-4 weeks. So it is in your best interest to turn in everything as soon as possible.

  • What are the steps involved for applying in MS ITM program?
  • Below is a summary of the steps you must take:
    1. A complete online application, including the application fee. The application can be accessed by clicking here.
    2. GMAT (no more than five years old) or GRE (no more than five years old) scores. The school’s average GMAT is 600; the average GRE is 1240. This is an average, lower scores can be compensated for by the GPA, work experience and extracurricular activities. The GMAT and GRE’s are not the only criteria considered for admission.
    3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. At least one transcript must show conferral of a degree. Official certified, signed or stamped transcripts must be turned into Enrollment Management or may be transferred electronically between institutions. Currently, our master’s students have an average undergrad GPA of 3.3.
    4. For all international students, an English proficiency test no more than two years old from one of three testing services. Minimum scores required are TOEFL 80; PTE 67; IELTS 6.5.
    5. A detailed resume of all work history.
    6. Three letters of recommendation from current or past employers, community leaders, former professors, etc.
    7. One page, double space, typed outlining the applicant’s academic interests and goals. This may be submitted with the online application.

  • While applying for the program, do I need to submit an original transcript?
  • While applying for the program you do not need to submit the original transcripts, but after admission and before registration for classes you will need to submit the official transcripts.

  • I am an international student and received my Bachelor’s degree in the United States. Will I need to submit a TOEFL score?
  • No, you don’t need to submit the TOEFL if you have graduated from a university in United States.

  • Who should write my letters of recommendation?
  • Your current academic advisor, faculty or if you are working, your supervisor, manager or colleague/coworker are the best persons to write your letters of recommendation.

  • What is your school’s code so I can enter those in my GMAT or GRE application?
  • (Grades are sent to UTD automatically by the exam administrator, speeding up the process.)
    GMAT code is ZTZPQ60
    GRE code is R6897

  • Is one exam preferred or easier?
  • Our program has no preferences, one benefit of the GMAT is that we offer more subsidized prep courses than we do for the GRE. Regarding level of difficulty both exams are very similar and this determination can be highly subjective. We suggest you compare them by checking out from the library GRE and GMAT prep books and/or see what other students have to say

Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • What is the difference between a grant and a loan?
  • Grants are a form of gift. They do not need to be repaid. Loans must be repaid with interest. Loans can be both subsidized and unsubsidized. Please visit Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Are there any grants or financial aid (loans) available for International students?
  • While international graduate students can receive merit based scholarships they are not eligible for need based grants through UT Dallas. International students can apply for loans, but they need a credit worthy cosigner who is a US citizen or permanent resident who resides in the United States. UT Dallas does not have its own loan program. If you would like to pursue a private education loan you will need to select a lender and apply directly. While UT Dallas may be asked by the lender to confirm you are a student we are not otherwise involved in the process and cannot recommend any lender. Please see Financial Aid Office for more information.

  • What is the deadline to apply for financial aid and what happens if I miss that deadline?
  • The deadline for submitting the FASFA and supporting documentation for the Fall 2011 was April 15, 2011. The Spring deadline is October 15, 2011. HOWEVER, you can still apply for financial aid after the deadline. All applications are considered for federal loans. Because the federal Direct Stafford Loan is an entitlement program there is enough funding for the program without regard as to when the FAFSA was submitted. Please visit Financial Aid Office for more information.

  • What are the Financial Aid application steps for domestic students?
    • Complete the online application at this federal government website (do not go to the .com website as this is a private entity which will charge you a fee).
    • FASFA (federal government) will send you by email a Student Aid Report (SAR) within approx. 3 business days telling you your expected contribution to your educational expenses. After the Office of Financial Aid has reviewed your application they will offer you a financial aid award. This award usually includes one or more of the following:
      a. A Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford loan up to $8,500 per year (Fixed percent 6.8%)
      b. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan up to $12,500 per loan (6.8%)
      c. Graduate PLUS loan (7.9%). The Graduate PLUS loan borrowing limit is UTD’s Cost of Attendance budget, minus other scholarships, grants and loans. This budget can be found at Financial Aid Office.
      The difference between the unsubsidized and subsidized loans are that the government pays the interest owed during the loan period. Please visit Financial Aid Office for more information.
    • Once admitted (nothing is done or sent by UTD’s Office of Financial Aid until you are admitted into our program). UTD’s Financial Aid office first sends out letters beginning in April, and continues on a rolling basis for applications submitted later. The Office of Financial Aid sends continuing students their financial aid offer beginning in June. They will check to see if you are maintaining a 3.0 GPA average and complete at least 2/3 of the classes you attempt. Academic progress standards for financial aid eligibility can be found at Financial Aid Office.

    To be eligible for federal student loans you must be registered as at least a half-time student. For graduate students this is considered to be 5 semester credit hours per semester long term and 3 hours in summer.

  • What if I miss the deadline, my financial aid hasn’t been approved and I have to pay for my tuition to enroll in classes?
  • Unfortunately you will have pay the tuition; however when the financial aid is approved you will be reimbursed very quickly for the tuition you paid (assuming you do end up qualifying).

  • Are there any Financial Aid tips to reduce delays ?
  • Yes, the most common problem is that students delay applying and/or do not submit all the required documentation on a timely basis. Here is a list provided by the Financial Aid office with most common problems:

    • Not checking your UTD email for information or document requests from financial aid office: forward your UTD email to your personal email. This is true for the admissions process; please forward to your personal email or check your UTD email!
    • You are assigned a contact at the Financial Aid office based on your last name, however its best to use general email as that person might be out of the office, etc. Financial Aid. Please visit Office of Financial Aid for more information.

    It is best to mail in your package vs. faxing or email/scanning. Mail it to:
    Office of Financial Aid,
    ROC 22
    800 West Campbell Road
    Richardson, TX 75080-3021

  • Are scholarships available for students?
  • Yes, scholarships are available for national as well as international students. In addition to the Jindal School of Management scholarships, there are several UT Dallas scholarships.

  • What is the advantage of the Dean’s Excellence scholarship?
  • In addition to the $1,000 scholarship for the academic year (not per semester), you qualify for the Texas resident tuition rate which in a one year period can be equivalent to a savings of $ 8,600 to $12,400 in savings.

  • What is the deadline for the Dean’s excellence scholarship?
  • The deadline for this scholarship is the 2nd Friday of July for the Fall semester and the 2nd Friday of November for the Spring semester.

  • Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
  • Yes, students can apply for as many as scholarships as they wish. However some scholarships do NOT allow you to “stack” or use more than one scholarship per semester.

  • Do I need to apply for scholarships separately or will I automatically be considered for scholarships upon admission?
  • The student’s application is considered amongst the top applicants, then the student may be considered for a scholarship automatically, in which case the student will be notified accordingly.

  • Do I need to be enrolled at UT Dallas to apply for the scholarship?
  • No, students don’t need to be enrolled at UT Dallas to apply for the scholarships but they should register for the required number of semester credit hours once they come to UT Dallas.

  • I am an International Student and have taken the GRE. Can I still apply for Scholarships?
  • Students who have taken the GRE within the past 5 years can apply for scholarships only after completing one (1) semester at UT Dallas. Your cumulative GPA from the previous semester will be considered as part of the assessment process.

  • I am an International Student and have taken the GMAT. Can I apply for scholarship at the start of my degree?
  • Yes. You are eligible for scholarship as soon as your degree starts. If you are provided with any scholarship that will be mentioned in your I-20 form as well.

Career, Internship and Job Placements
  • What are the job prospects after graduation in MS ITM?
  • Graduates with a Master of Science degree in Information Technology (IT) and Management find positions such as business analyst, consultant, program analyst, database administrator, IT project manager and IT specialist, depending on prior experience. They are employed in every conceivable industry, including consulting, financial services, retail, energy, transportation and consumer goods. Most companies have a well-defined career path for their IT professionals. The typical top-level positions within the IT function of a firm include chief information officer (CIO), chief security officer (CSO), partner, senior vice president and director of technology.

  • Who are the main employers for the masters’ students in ITM?
  • Here is a list of companies who come for internships and jobs. The list of companies given in our website is not exhaustive. There are many other companies in which our ITM students have found good jobs.

  • Are international students allowed work?
  • International students are eligible to work on a curricular internship for a maximum of 12 months while they are still students in the program. Further, since the MS ITM is an approved degree under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, the graduating students are eligible to work for up to 29 months under the Optional Practical Training program. Please contact the Office of International Student Services for details about these programs.

  • Can I get credit for an internship?
  • Yes. You can decide how many credits you want to take as a part of your internship. You can take a 3 semester credit hour internship as long as it meets certain requirements which the Program Director determines on a case by case basis, considering factors such as duties, duration, direct manager and company involved. Domestic students must have completed one long semester and international students, two long semesters before they can take an internship for credit. A maximum of 3 semester credit hours for the internship can count towards completing the Master’s program.

International Students
  • Where do I find the forms for Visa application and sponsorship?
  • These can be obtained from your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

  • To what extent can the Career Center help international students find an internship or job?
  • The Career Center helps international students in various areas such as: resume, mock interviews, English Improvement, job fairs, career counseling and other services. Please visit the Career Management for more information.

  • I am an international student. What opportunities are available for me?
  • We have several international students in our graduate MS ITM program. Many of these students have one to several years of experience in different areas of IT such as programming, systems administration or consulting. Because the MS ITM is classified as a STEM program, the duration of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) can be 29 months. You may contact the International Student Services for more details.

  • I am an International student. When can I do internships?
  • All international students studying on an F-1 visa can do their internships after completing 2 long semesters (18 semester credit hours) according to the United States Immigration Law.

  • I am an international student and would like to know more about orientation, student health insurance, medical screening, housing, financial sponsorship and visa rules. How can I proceed?
  • UT Dallas has a separate student services department, which helps international students with such related issues. Please visit International Student Services for more information.

Program Certificates
  • Who are best suited for certificate programs?
  • Certificate programs provide a great opportunity for working professionals who want to update their knowledge and skills and for students that want a competitive edge over others as they seek jobs. The advantage of a certificate program is that students can gain certification in a shorter duration at a lower cost, compared to a regular degree program. Furthermore, students will be able to use or transfer the for-credit courses they take as part of the certificate program to the degree program if they pursue the degree option.

  • What programs do you offer in Information Systems as certificate programs?
  • Are there any online classes for the MS in ITM?
  • Yes, there are several classes offered online. Students can take some courses online or in the classroom to best meet their needs.

  • Is the GRE required for a Certificate program?
  • If you are seeking the certificate only, then you do not need the GRE or GMAT and would apply as non-degree. However, if you decide to do your degree in MS in ITM, the GRE or GMAT is required to apply.