Online M.S. in Computer and Information Science: How to apply

The online master’s in computer and information science application process is completed in our online application system. We’ve streamlined the system to be simple and convenient but admissions outreach advisors are available if you have questions along the way.

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Follow these steps to complete your application:

1. Create an account

To start your application, please visit the online application page for Marquette University Graduate School. On this page, select whether you are ready to start a new application or to continue an application.

If you’re creating a new account, start by inputting all of the required fields.

Open application portal


2. Start a new application

After you have successfully created an account, you will see the main application page. Select “Start New Application” at the bottom. On the pop-up window select the term that you wish to start classes, and then select “Create Application.”

Read and accept the Application Instructions and Guidelines.


3. Select your program, specialization and focus

In the section navigation menu, choose the “Program of Interest” section. Under “Program of Study,” select Computer and Information Science - Online. Under Degree, select Master of Science (M.S.).

Under “Pathway,” you can select either Computer and Information Science Career Change Opportunity - Online or Computer and Information Science for IT Professionals.

If you plan on pursuing our cybersecurity focus, select Information Assurance and Cyber Defense - Online. If you do not want to earn the additional focus, select Customized Curriculum.


4. Indicate your student status

Note whether you are interested in the Integrated Practicum elective. Integrated Practicum is available to all students, on either pathway and pursuing any focus. Indicate which term and year you plan on starting. Complete the rest of the page about yourself and your connections to Marquette University.

What is integrated practicum?

The Integrated Practicum offers financial assistance in the form of part-time employment to students with employable IT skills. This curriculum path allows students to build practical knowledge through significant job assignments while building fundamental knowledge through academics.

Program staff will introduce students to potential participating employers. Working with their employers and academic advisers, students enroll in academic courses relevant to the skills and knowledge required to excel in their work assignments.

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5. Complete background information

Complete the Personal Background, Academic History and Employment sections accessed in the navigation menu.

6. Submit recommendations

From the menu, choose the Recommendations section. Provide the contact information for the three individuals who will be providing references for you. Your contacts will receive an email from Marquette and be asked to complete an online form to upload their letter of recommendation. Do not wait to submit your application even if all of your letters have not been submitted yet.

Note: You don’t have to wait for your recommenders to complete their letters in order to turn in your application. Submit your application as soon as you’re finished with these steps.


7. Submit supporting documents

Once you’ve completed the online application form and submitted the application fee you will be asked to submit supporting documents. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application. However, once admitted to the program, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.

8. Complete your personal statement

Complete your statement of purpose outlining your relevant work experience or education, career goals, possible areas of interest and reasons for seeking admission to this program.

Priority application deadline
July 15
Fall 2024 term
Application deadline
August 12
Fall 2024 term
Next start
August 26
Fall 2024 term
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