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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between M.S. Applied Computer Science and M.S. Information Systems?

The emphasis of the MS-ACS (Applied Computer Science) program at Northwest is on software development and those students take several programming classes. The MS-IS (Information Systems) program has some programming but also covers topics such as Systems Analysis and Design, Networking, Database, Financial Modeling, Business Analytics, and IT Ethics. There is a one-semester capstone course that allows students to practice IT skills on a larger project.

Learn about the M.S. Information Systems program, including an overview of our admission requirements.

What are the minimum requirements for getting admission?

The minimum criteria taken into consideration for admission include the candidate’s submission of GRE and TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo/PTE scores along with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Our required GRE score is 285 and TOEFL score is 79. If you are taking IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Duolingo requirement is 110 while PTE is 53.

Learn about the M.S. Information Systems program, including an overview of our admission requirements.

Do you accept my GMAT score instead of GRE?

Yes, we will accept your GMAT score instead of the GRE.

Learn about the M.S. Information Systems program, including an overview of our admission requirements.

What is the GRE requirement for transfer students?

In order for your transfer request to be granted, you must meet all of our admission requirements. As you are presently attending another university in the U.S., your transfer would also depend on your earning a GPA of at least 3.0 at your current U.S Institution.

Do you accept certifications to waive any courses?

We do not accept any certification course or any equivalent certificate to waive your courses as they do not substitute for the course work pursued as part of our curriculum.

How much scholarship should I expect?

Northwest's tuition is relatively low compared to other institutions. In addition, new international students who are admitted without conditions (which includes nearly all admits) receive a $500 scholarship for their first semester of study.

How do I transfer in to the M.S. Information Systems program?

When transferring from other university to Northwest Missouri State University, please do the following:

  • Pay the $50.00 deferral fee at: Deferral Information

  • Fill out the International Student Advisor Report (1.a.) to your current International Office.

    1. International Student Advisor ReportView PDF
    2. Official copy of your academic transcript from current institution. Please note: this transfer is pending a GPA of a 3.0. Your transfer cannot be processed without receipt of this. A hold will be put on your account until this is provided.
  • Your advisor at your current institution should complete and return the scanned form to International Involvement Center at or fax it to 660.562.1546.

  • Once the International Student Advisor Report is received

    1. we will issue you the acceptance letter
    2. show this letter to your current International Office so they can release your SEVIS file to us.
  • Once we receive the SEVIS file, we will create the I-20 and have it waiting for you when you arrive for orientation, or we will send it to you if you plan to travel. 

 For more information you can contact Cindy Williams (

Does the M.S. Information Systems have a STEM CIP code?

Yes, the M.S. in Information Systems program has a STEM CIP (11.0101) that currently allows an extra 24 months of OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension after completion of 12 month OPT period. Visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for updates.