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Admissions

The MCIS program welcomes applications from recent undergraduates and accomplished professionals who demonstrate excellence in:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Record of Academic Achievement
  • Self-Motivation
  • Work Experience (not required of recent graduates of undergraduate programs)
  • Writing and Presentational Skills

Applicants with a variety of educational and employment backgrounds (e.g., communication, information science, media studies, human resource management, health communication, management, psychology, leadership or other social sciences) are encouraged to apply. In making admission decisions, we consider the entire application and do not use any single criteria (e.g. grade point; GRE score) as an absolute cut-off. We use the application materials listed below to assess the student's likely fit and potential success in our program.

  1. An application for admission. To apply to the on-campus MCIS program in New Brunswick, select "Communication and Information Studies - 17194". To apply to the BA/MCIS Dual Degree program, select "Communication and Information Studies-BA and MCIS Dual Degree - 171943".

  2. Official Transcripts of previous academic work. As a general guideline students are expected to have an undergraduate and/or graduate academic record at least at the 3.0 cumulative grade-point-average level (we are much more focused on grades achieved in allied coursework that is a best representation of the applicant's likely success in our program).
    International students are required to have their transcripts evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Member. See further information below in section 8.

  3. Official GRE scores. Ideally, applicants will have a combined score of at least in the mid-150s for Verbal and mid-140s for Quantitative. We look especially carefully at the verbal score and the writing score (which we'd like to see at or above 4.0).

    Waivers for GRE can be granted (1) where the applicant has significant, related work experience (5+ years) that includes extensive writing, (2) has a graduate degree in a field of social science or arts and sciences or other field that demands strong analytic skills and excellent writing, or (3) has a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.

    If you would like to apply for a waiver of the GRE, you may do so by emailing Dr. Richard Dool, MCIS Program Director at: richard.dool@rutgers.edu. Please send, with your request for a waiver, your resume and a personal statement, and state whether you have already achieved an advanced degree in an allied major.

    Files are not reviewed until the GRE scores have been officially received by the Graduate Admissions office unless a waiver has been granted.

    When you take the GRE, you will be asked whether you want your scores sent to any schools. Use institution code 2790 to send scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. In general, GRE scores are good for 5 years. Please note that once you have taken one of its standardized tests, ETS requires several weeks to grade your results. Learn more about the GRE and how to sign up for it at www.ets.org.

  4. Three Letters of recommendation. These should focus on the applicant's academic capacity (e.g., problem solving, thinking, analytical, and reflective skills) to undertake a rigorous program of graduate study. Letters are expected from an applicant's professors or from senior members of professional and/or corporate organizations who are able to comment substantially on the applicant's academic capabilities rather than on workplace efficiency and character traits. The recommender's relationship to the applicant must be established in the letter of recommendation. Personal friends, clergy, and family members are not usually appropriate recommenders. Applicants will be asked to supply the names and e-mail addresses for their recommenders as part of the online application process.

    If you need to change a recommender once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to do so through the online application. In this case, you should print and complete the top of the Recommender form for each recommender. In this case, or should your recommender prefer to submit a traditional letter, you should either provide them with an envelope addressed to Rutgers and have them mail the recommendation in, or give them an envelope addressed to you and then you can submit the sealed envelopes to Rutgers.

  5. Personal Statement. A personal statement of 300-500 words is required describing your professional and academic background and your career objectives. Please explain why you want to attend the MCIS program at Rutgers, what about the program attracts you, and specific areas you would like to study in the program.

  6. Resume or CV: A resume describing your employment history, academic honors, scholastic recognition, publications, leadership roles and/or other academic, professional and community activities.

  7. A $70 non-refundable application fee.

  8. International Students:

    There are four requirements for International Applicants: (1) TOEFL (or IELTS) Scores, (2) Evidence of adequate financial resources and (3) Proper Visa status and (4) A transcript evaluation by NACES.

    Test Passing score required Website Rutgers Institutional Code
    TOEFL – Test Of English as a Foreign Language The minimum required score for admission is 80 for the iBT test or 600 for the PBT test. Please note scores must be recent; within the past three years. www.ets.org 2790
    IELTS – International English Language Testing System The minimum required score for admission is 7.0. Please note scores must be recent; within the past three years. www.ielts.org See IELTS website for instructions


    TOEFL Scores. Required for all international applicants in addition to GRE scores. The Graduate School-New Brunswick suggests the following minimum sub-score distribution: writing, 24; speaking, 24; reading, 24; listening, 22. 600 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT)

    IETLS: Overall Band score of 7.0 or higher.

    Waivers for TOEFL or IETLS are granted to students who earned their bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or have taken an accredited English as a Second Language Program or Course. Or, if you are an international applicant coming from an English-speaking country with a minimum of 3 years undergraduate education where the mode of instruction was English. The waiver will not be applied to your application until official transcripts or Certificates are received. Once we have confirmed that a degree was earned, the TOEFL or IETLS is waived.

    Applicants of questionable English proficiency will be required to take a written or oral test when entering the program and, if necessary, to take course work in the English as a Second Language Program before commencing their MCIS studies.

    When you take the TOEFL, you will be asked whether you want your scores sent to any schools. Use institution code 2790 to send scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. In general, TOEFL/IELTS scores are good for 3 years. Please note that once you have taken one of its standardized tests, ETS requires several weeks to grade your results.

    Non-immigrant students must present evidence of adequate financial resources. The university may deny admission to nonimmigrant students for lack of English proficiency, for lack of financial support, or because of improper visa status.

    National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Transcript Evaluation:

    NACES is an association of private and independent foreign educational credentials evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation.

    International students must have their transcripts evaluated. This can be arranged with NACES at: http://www.naces.org/members.html

    Students submit the NACES Official Evaluation to Rutgers along with the required transcripts.

Rolling Admissions

MCIS reviews all applications to the program on a rolling basis. To have an application processed for Fall admission you should have materials completed no later than July 15th. To have an application processed for Spring admission you should have materials completed no later than November 15th.

International applicants will need to attend to the extra time needed to apply for visas after admittance to the program. Such students should have their files completed no later than June 1st for fall and November 1st for Spring.

Graduate Transfer Credits

Up to 6 credits may be applied from another program outside of the M.C.I.S. Students may transfer up to 6 credits of graduate coursework toward the degree if credits were earned within the past five (5) years, if the coursework translates directly to the student's development and preparation in the M.C.I.S. program, and only if the student achieved a grade of B or higher in this coursework. A syllabus for each course should be forwarded to the Program Director for consideration of transfer.

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