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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Current Students

HOW DO I MEET WITH THE MMIS ADVISOR?

Please go to, huntsman.usu.edu/mmisappt. From this link, you can select the advisor based on the questions you need answered.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO FOR GRADUATION?

Ensure that your program of study is complete and accurate, and notify the MMIS office of the semester in which you plan to graduate. The MMIS office will submit your POS to the School of Graduate Studies for you. However, if you change any courses taken that were not on your initial POS, please contact the MMIS office to ensure that your most up-to-date POS in on file. For additional info, please reference the School of Graduate Studies website.

I WANT TO PURSUE AN ADDITIONAL MASTER DEGREE AT USU. HOW DO I DO THAT?

The MMIS program has set agreement with the MBA and MHR programs. As such, it is relatively easy to pursue the second Master’s degree. In your last semester of your first Master’s program, you will apply to the second Master’s program using an internal application. Please reference the concurrent program website for more information and details on how to apply. If you would like to pair your MMIS degree with a second Master’s degree, aside from the two aforementioned degrees, please contact the MMIS office.

I AM RECEIVING ERRORS WHEN REGISTERING FOR CLASSES; WHAT DO I DO?

Please email the MMIS office (mmis.huntsman@usu.edu) with your A-number, course CRN, and the specific error that you are receiving. In most cases, an MMIS staff member will be able to enter an override for you.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED WITH PROGRAM-RELATED STUDENT CLUBS?

Association for Information Systems

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) club competes annually in data analytics, IT security, IT entrepreneurship, and other data-related competitions. The AIS club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month. Their Tuesday events are company information session which provide students an incredible opportunity to network with companies. They also host tech-workshops on the second and fourth Friday of every month. The tech-workshops give students a broad-overview of important tech skills. To join AIS, please follow this link, https://huntsman.usu.edu/ais/join_ais. You will then be added to their Canvas course and receive notifications of events and job postings. For questions about AIS, please email ais.huntsman@usu.edu.

Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group (BiG) is comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students who throughout the school year will dedicate their efforts (in groups) toward the completion of an assigned data science/business intelligence project. These can be students with or without skills or experience with these type of projects. We encourage students from all types of degrees as data manipulation and prediction can be applied to any field of study. The meetings are tailored toward each group’s availability while measuring the appropriate timetable for their assigned project. Please visit http://huntsman.usu.edu/bigroup/ for more information or email busintelgroup@usu.edu for questions.

Prospective Students

I DO NOT MEET EVERY REQUIREMENT. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

You are allowed one single deficiency on your application; however the acceptance committee wants to see that the deficiency comes close to meeting the requirement. With one deficiency, you may still be eligible for acceptance. The acceptance committee will review your application as a whole and will search for other compensating factors such as a high GRE/GMAT score, high GPA, work experience, etc. If you have more than one deficiency, you will most likely be asked to retake the GRE/GMAT in order to bring your scores up to the minimum requirements. Our office would be happy to discuss your individual situation. Please contact our office (mmis.huntsman@usu.edu) for more information.

HOW LONG DOES IT TYPICALLY TAKE TO RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL DECISION ON MY APPLICATION?

Our acceptance committee meets twice a month to review completed applications. Once on the 1st, and once on the 15th. You will be notified, as soon as possible, regarding your acceptance after these committee meetings.

DO YOU ACCEPT 3-YEAR BACHELOR DEGREES?

Yes, as long as your bachelor degree was earned at an accredited institution.

DO YOU OFFER GRE/GMAT WAIVERS?

We offer GRE/GMAT waivers to those who have extensive relevant work experience, military service, or a master degree from an accredited institution. Please contact our office if you think you may qualify.

HOW MANY CREDIT HOURS ARE REQUIRED FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION?

The MMIS program requires 30 completed credit hours. This does not include any prerequisites that may be required of a student prior to starting MMIS coursework.

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION INTO THE MMIS PROGRAM?

Qualified applicants should meet the following program requirements:
  • 3.0 grade point average (4.0 scale) on the last 60 semester hours completed at a college or university
  • 40th percentile on the verbal portion of the GRE or GMAT
  • 40th percentile on the quantitative portion of the GRE or GMAT
International applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:
  • TOEFL: 59 Paper Based / 79 Internet
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (and a minimum score of 5 on each subscale)

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

The application process is two-tier. First, all required application information is sent to the USU Graduate School. The application process is outlined at http://rgs.usu.edu/graduateschool/apply/. When the application fee is paid and the application is submitted, you will be asked to submit all supplemental items. The MMIS program will be notified only after all official supplemental items have been received. Your application will then be reviewed by our acceptance committee for an official decision to be made.

HOW DO I CHECK MY APPLICATION STATUS?

Applicants may check their application status after the application is submitted and the $55 fee is paid. Please use the login ID and PIN created when the application was started. After all documentation, transcripts and recommendation letters are received by the Graduate School, they will be processed within 4-5 business days and sent to the MMIS Department for review. Please contact USU Graduate School office with application processing-related questions.

HOW DO I SEND MY TRANSCRIPTS?

An official transcript must be ordered from each previously attended college and/or university. They must be sent directly from each institution to USU's School of Graduate Studies (0900 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-0900) or from domestic institutions to graduateschool@usu.edu. Transcripts must be submitted for all courses above the high school level and for all prior degrees. Transcripts accumulated on one record are not acceptable. Transcripts submitted as application credentials become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be returned to the applicant.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY GRE/GMAT SCORES TO USU?

After the GMAT or GRE has been taken, please send test scores directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the testing agency. The institutional code for Utah State University is 4857. A department code is not required. Test scores must be received before an application is considered complete.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PROFILE OF THE CURRENT MMIS COHORT?

Work experience: 2.5 years
GRE/GMAT quantitative: 60th percentile
GRE/GMAT verbal: 41th percentile
Grade point average: 3.51 (4.0 scale)

CAN I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WITHOUT INCLUDING GRE/GMAT SCORES?

Yes, applicants may submit an application if they have not completed the GRE or GMAT test; however, applications will not be reviewed until all documents have been received.

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES?

International Student Deadlines:

May 15 for a fall semester start.

For a spring semester start, all application materials must be received by October 1.

Domestic Student Preferred Deadline:

August 1 for a fall semester start and December 1 for a spring semester start.

IS COMPUTER PROGRAMMING A REQUIREMENT TO START THE MMIS PROGRAM?

Our program no longer requires a programming course as a prerequisite. Instead, programming has become a required course within the MMIS curriculum. Applicants do not need a programming background to be successful in the program. However, feel free to gain as much experience with various programming languages prior to beginning the MMIS program. It is highly recommended to learn basic Python before your first semester. Programming is a part of business applications and is necessary when learning application development, database management, and data analytics (two sectors our STEM-designated program focuses on).

MAY I STILL APPLY WITHOUT HAVING COMPLETED ALL OF THE PREREQUISITES?

Yes. We do not require that you have any of the prerequisites completed prior to applying or your acceptance. However, we do require that you complete all of the prerequisites before your first semester in the program.

WHAT IF I HAVEN’T FINISHED ONE OR MORE OF THE PREREQUISITES BEFORE MY FIRST SEMESTER IN THE PROGRAM?

As a last resort, an alternative plan and deadline will be assigned to you. If that deadline is not met, you will be unable to register for classes until their completion. Please contact our office as soon as you realize that you will not complete the prerequisites before your first semester.

ARE INTERNSHIPS NECESSARY FOR GRADUATION?

Internships are not required as part of the program curriculum, but may be taken as an elective course. However, we highly recommend that you still pursue internship opportunities. In most cases, internships help to secure a job with that employer or help open doors with others.

MY UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE AND/OR WORK EXPERIENCE IS UNRELATED TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS, CAN I STILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE PROGRAM?

Our program is structured to ensure that a student with little to no previous exposure to related fields can be successful. Additionally, the skills taught in our program complement just about any educational background. This is due to the fact that they are becoming more and more relevant and universal across nearly every industry.

IS THE GRE OR GMAT PREFERRED FOR ACCEPTANCE?

GRE or GMAT scores are required for acceptance; however, we do not have a preference for one or the other.

CAN I TAKE THE MAT INSTEAD OF THE GRE OR GMAT?

Only in extenuating circumstances has the acceptance committee accepted MAT scores. Our office would be happy to discuss your individual situation. Please contact our office (mmis.huntsman@usu.edu) more information.

I AM A USU STUDENT, CAN I CARRY OVER CREDITS FROM MY UNDERGRAD INTO MY GRADUATE DEGREE?

You may not carry over or double-count credits from your undergraduate degree to your graduate degree. However, you may take up to nine graduate credits, which will count towards your future MMIS degree, during your senior year. In order to pursue this option, you must fill out a “split form.” Please contact our office to fill out the form.

I AM A TRANSFER STUDENT, CAN I CARRY OVER ANY CREDITS FROM MY PREVIOUS GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM?

Transfer students may transfer up to 9 approved credits from their previous incomplete graduate degree. These credits must fulfill a requirement or be a similar course taught in our curriculum. Please contact our office to have your transfer courses evaluated for approval.

IS THE MMIS PROGRAM STEM DESIGNATED?

Yes, the program carries a STEM designation (12-month OPT + 24-month extension work option after graduation) in database management and analytics.

WHAT SKILLS ARE TAUGHT AS PART OF THE PROGRAM?

IT Security, SQL, Python, Machine Learning, Data Visualization, and Data Mining, SAS, PHP, etc. Additionally, our curriculum committee is always in search of teaching the most relevant and up-to-date skills used in the workforce. Be sure to stay alert of new classes that are offered each year.

DO YOU OFFER CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCES?

Due to university policies, we are unable to offer a conditional acceptance under any circumstance.

AM I ABLE TO SUBMIT AN UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT FOR MY APPLICATION?

Yes. Upon acceptance, you will need to submit your official transcript before your second semester.

MAY I DEFER MY APPLICATION OR ACCEPTANCE?

Yes, for up to one year.

HOW MANY STUDENTS DOES THE PROGRAM TEND TO ACCEPT EACH YEAR?

We strive to accept each qualified applicant; meaning, a student who meets all of the minimum requirements. On average, we accept 65 students for the Fall semester and have an overall acceptance rate of 60%.

I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED. WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

Congratulations. First step, accept your offer by emailing the School of Graduate Studies. These instructions are provided in the acceptance email. Next, submit your Letter of Intent that was sent to you by the MMIS office. Set up a meeting with the MMIS advisor to plan out your Program of Study. If registration is open, register for classes. Complete any prerequisites stated on your acceptance letter. Please contact the MMIS office with any questions leading up to the semester.

IF DENIED, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

You are welcome to reapply, but you may be asked to fix a deficiency. For example, if your GRE quantitative scores was too low, you could retake the exam for a higher score. Please contact the MMIS office to inform them that you plan on fixing the deficiency as quickly as possible.

IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?

Yes, funding is available in the form of assistantships, scholarships, and waivers. All students admitted by 1 March have priority for funding. Scholarships and assistantships are competitive and awarded based on test scores and grades. Information about waivers may be found on our Tuition/Financial Aid webpage. Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive an email with the link to the application for scholarships and assistantships. Other (non-departmental) financial aid options are offered through FAFSA. Please contact the USU Financial Aid Office, finaid@usu.edu, 435-797-0173, for more information.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS?

Priority is given to students who apply by March 1. Limited funding will be available to those who apply after March 1. An additional application, sent in an email after your acceptance, will be needed to apply for scholarships and assistantships.

WHAT IF I WAS ACCEPTED AFTER MARCH 1 AND WOULD STILL LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING?

Although priority deadline for scholarships is March 1, some limited funds will be given out to qualified candidates who apply after the March 1 deadline.

HOW ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED?

Scholarships offered through our department are awarded based upon merit. Students’ GRE/GMAT scores and GPA are put into an index and ranked. Students' responses to the scholarship application are also added into the consideration process. Scholarships, ranging in value, are awarded accordingly. Naturally, our scholarships are very competitive. A high GPA and high GRE/GMAT scores directly increase the likelihood of receiving funding.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS?

Upon acceptance, you will receive the scholarship and assistantship application via email.

HOW ARE GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS AWARDED?

All graduate assistantship applications are given to our faculty for review. Faculty members will choose the best fit candidate for their research and/or class needs. These needs range from possessing a certain data analytic related skill to being capable of grading class assignments.

ARE ON-CAMPUS JOBS AVAILABLE?

Yes, there are many on-campus employment opportunities. These are mostly handled through Aggie Handshake, an online connection to jobs, internships, and career-related events.

DO I QUALIFY FOR WRGP NON-RESIDENT TUITION WAIVER?

To pay resident tuition, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of residents of one of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Additionally, you must meet all of the School of Graduate Studies minimum requirements.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE WRGP NON-RESIDENT TUITION WAIVER?

Upon acceptance and meeting all of the requirements, please contact our office to fill out the form.