Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Information Technology

December 01, 2022
January 09, 2023
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stack of documents icon Admission Requirements

Professionals who have a strong background in a computing discipline, hold IT certificates and/or have work experience in the field can be admitted directly into the online Master in Information Technology program (the GRE is waived for qualified candidates).

The University’s MSIT program is not just for experienced industry professionals.  Our program is open to people from a variety of backgrounds, though many already have experience in a computing discipline or hold an IT certificate.

If prospective students do not have a IT bachelor’s degree or an IT background, they can still seek admittance by taking 12 credit hours of bridge courses to help them qualify for the program.

Our Admissions Office is happy to work with you to answer any questions you may have and help determine your eligibility.

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Bachelor Degree

A bachelor degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency.

GPA Requirement

At least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in undergraduate course work. If your background is not from IT or if your GPA is below a 3.0, how has your past experience prepared you be successful in an MSIT? For example, what types of courses (university or online), industry experience, certificates have you completed to build skills in this area. Or what is it about your personal disposition or work ethic that would help you be successful in this program?

Official Transcripts

Transcripts of all college or university grades. Note: For the application, you may upload unofficial transcripts. When admitted, you will need to submit your official transcripts.


Current resume or curriculum vitae.


Three letters of reference from individuals who know you professionally or academically. Recommendation letters should be submitted on letterhead with a clear indication of what the relationship is between the recommender and applicant.

Goal Statement

Applicants will need to provide a letter detailing their interest in the program and how it may match future professional goals.

GRE Waiver

GRE is waived for applicants with over a 3.0 GPA

Application Fee

Complete the University of Cincinnati online graduate application; $65 domestic/$70 international application fee.

*Currently waived for Spring 23

International Student Requirements

For International students, an English proficiency test:

  • TOEFL minimum Internet-based 80
    • Paper-based 520
    • Computer-based 190
  • IELTS minimum 6.5