MSITM Program Requirements
Summary of MSITM program requirements
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university
- GRE or GMAT is required*. There are no minimum sub-score requirements but the admission process
- Either test is accepted for application purposes. Refer to the Graduate College Test Prep Service for more information.
- One to two page statement of your objectives
- International students
- A course by course evaluation of your international transcripts must be provided by a NACES member.
- TOEFL scores are required of applicants who attended a non-English speaking institution for their baccalaureate degree and whose native language is not English. A minimum TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based exam), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) is required.
- Learn about the College of Business Graduate Program requirements
- *The GRE and the GMAT requirement is waived for any student who has a baccalaureate degree from FAU’s Department of Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM) with a GPA of at least 3.25 (out of a possible 4.0) in the last 60 credits attempted prior to graduation
- *The GRE/GMAT requirement can also be waived if the applicant has already earned an graduate degree (e.g. master’s) from an accredited institution. Please contact the College of Business Advising Office for more information.
We recommend that you take the GMAT, GRE, and/or TOEFL at least one month prior to the application deadline because it takes approximately 3-4 weeks for FAU to receive your test scores.
The Admission process works on a sliding scale, in that if your GPA is below 3.00, you can make up for that lower score by scoring higher on the GMAT and/or GRE or show exceptional professional experience. Admission to graduate programs is competitive and meeting minimum standards does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
If you don’t meet the GPA or GRE/GMAT requirement, you may still receive a conditional acceptance into the program. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, a high GPA can compensate for a lower GRE/GMAT score, and vice-versa. If you receive a conditional acceptance, you are allowed to enroll in graduate classes, but must meet certain performance criteria in the first semester or year that is specified in your conditional acceptance letter. Once these conditions are fulfilled, the conditional acceptance will be converted to full acceptance.
|For Domestic Students||For International Students|
|July 1 for Fall Semester||February 15 for Fall Semester|
|November 1 for Spring Semester||July 15 for Spring Semester|
|April 1 for Summer Semester||January 15 for Summer Semester|
Applications must be complete and all documents submitted before the deadline to be considered for admission. Once all documents have been received, you can be accepted for the semester corresponding to the application deadline (see the table above).
- Complete an online application with the FAU Graduate College. An application fee of $30 is processed, and transcripts and test scores are verified.
- The application moves to the College of Business Graduate Advising Office, and the application status will say “Referred to Department”. During this stage, the College of Business evaluates the applicant’s credentials and makes admission decisions in consultation with the ITOM Program Director.
Prior Experience and Prerequisites
The MSITM Program requires an academic background in IT or professional IT experience. If you lack an IT background, we offer Graduate Foundation Courses to make up for any deficiencies:
- ISM 6225, Business Data Communications (undergraduate equivalent ISM 4220 or similar);
- ISM 6148, Information Technology Fundamentals (undergraduate equivalent ISM 3230 or similar);
- ISM 6217, Database Management Systems (undergraduate equivalent ISM 4212 or similar); and
- ISM 6123, Advanced System Analysis and Design (undergraduate equivalent ISM 4133 or similar); during the first or second semester in the program.
Once an applicant is admitted into the MSITM Program, the ITOM Program Director will interview him or her to determine which, if any, Graduate Foundation Courses are required to be successful in the program. For example:
- Have you worked with databases? Do you know how relational databases are created and operate? Have you written SQL queries and communicated with a database server through a database client? If yes, then you probably will not need to take ISM 6217 - Database Management Systems.
- Do you know how computers communicate with each other? Do you know how to set up a network – peer-to-peer workgroup or domain? What are the various TCP/IP protocols? Can you perform simple system and network administration tasks? Are you familiar with computer system security issues and protection methods? If yes, then you probably will not need to take ISM 6225 - Business Data Communications.
- Have you performed the duties of an Information Systems Manager? Did you create, manage, or bring an IT project to completion? Do you know about the System Development Life Cycle? If yes, then you probably will not need to take ISM 6123 - Advanced System Analysis and Design.
- Can you program, using structured or object oriented programming languages, such as Java or C++? Do you have experience with software development and have an overall understanding of computer system components? If yes, then you probably will not need to take ISM 6148, Information Technology Fundamentals.
If you need to take any of the Foundation Courses, you can take the equivalent undergraduate courses as a non-degree seeking student prior to your admission in the MSITM Program. Please visit the Office of the Registrar or call (561) 297-3050 regarding non-degree admission. Please note: degree-seeking students receive priority registration for courses. Non-degree students are only allowed to register at the beginning of each term.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The ITOM Department is sometimes able to award a Provost Fellowship to the top MSITM application each year. However, the ITOM Department does not have funds for scholarship or financial aid. There are several options for financial support at the College of Business and University level. For more information, please contact the College of Business Graduate Advising Office.
ITOM offers Teaching Assistantships (TA) on a competitive basis to outstanding full-time graduate students. TAs work 20 hours a week assisting faculty with various teaching activities, including teaching introductory MIS courses in computer labs. They earn a stipend of $3,000 per semester along with a substantial tuition waiver. Non-resident students can qualify for partial tuition waivers to cover most of the non-resident tuition. The TA award is contingent upon good communication skills and working with students, and overall performance of the MSITM student in his or her classes. TA decisions are made after the student is admitted in the program.
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If you have already earned an MBA from FAU, you will NOT need to re-enroll in GEB 6215 or ISM 6026. Please talk to a Graduate Advisor in the College of Business once accepted into the program.
If you have previously taken graduate courses, please talk to a Graduate Advisor in the College of Business to determine whether any credit is transferrable. Undergraduate credit is not transferrable.
STEM & OPT
While the MSITM program is considered a STEM program (CIP Code 52.1201) due to the technical nature of the coursework, the MSITM program does NOT qualify for STEM OPT or a STEM OPT extension. Only degree programs that are on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) STEM-designated degree list allow students to apply for the STEM OPT extension. For more information about OPT & STEM OPT, visit FAU's Office of International Student Services website for more details