Apply to the M.S. Program

Domestic Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 1 (currently closed)
Spring Semester: September 15 (not yet opened)

International Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 1 (currently closed)
Spring Semester: September 1 (not yet opened)

How to Apply

To apply, you must complete the University of Arizona Graduate College online application. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a GradApp account
  2. Complete your GradApp profile under "My Account".
  3. Select "Apply to a Program" from the sidebar.
  4. Choose "Degree Seeking" under application type and "Information (MS)" under program of study.
  5. Choose the semester during which you wish to enter the program.
  6. Your application should now be initiated under "My Active Applications."

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Admission Requirements

Admission and financial support will be based on an evaluation of your potential to become a qualified information professional or effective researchers in Information. We consider prior coursework and grades, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and research/artistic/professional products such as papers, substantive works, or significant contributions to software systems.

To be admitted you must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona or from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Arizona
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed undergraduate-level mathematics coursework and computer programming experience
  • See additional requirements for international applicants
We admit applicants from a variety of different backgrounds, including sciences and engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities. If you lack adequate math and computing training, you may be accepted provisionally and will be required to obtain necessary training before for admission (likely increasing the number of semesters needed for graduation).
We offer undergraduate courses that can help remediate deficiencies or you may pursue other courses from the University of Arizona or other institutions. Undergraduate courses taken for remediation purposes may not be applied for graduate credit.

Application Checklist

You are required to submit the following materials as part of your online application. Your application will not be processed until all required information is received.

Academic Statement of Purpose

Write a 750-1000 word written statement of introduction and interest in the program. The Statement of Purpose should be uploaded in your online application in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

Upload your unofficial GRE scores as part of the online application. You must also submit official scores on the GRE through ETS using institution code 4832.

The GRE will be waived for applicants who have, in recent years, taken 2 or more college-level math courses, and 2 or more college-level computer programming courses with grades of a B or better in those courses. The GRE may be waived on a case-by-case basis for applicants who have significant recent math and programming experience in the industry; such applicants should make the case for why their GRE should be waived in their statement of purpose.


Upload unofficial transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended as part of the online application. Undergraduate preparatory courses should include basic principles of mathematics, probability and statistics and programming methodology.

Official e-transcripts can be sent to directly from the institution or mail one official transcript to the following address (do not send to the Graduate College). Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended are required.

School of Information
The University of Arizona
Harvill, Room 409
1103 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85721

English Language Proficiency

You are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English or if you have not received an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive medium of instruction.

Upload your unofficial TOEFL scores as part of the online application. You must also submit official scores through ETS using institution code 4832.

Letters of Recommendation

Provide email addresses and contact information for two recommenders in the ‘Letters of Recommendation’ section of the online application.


Upload a current resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) as part of the online application in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section.

Additional Forms

You may also need to complete:

  • A domicile affidavit if you wish to have in-state (Arizona) statusMail or FAX the form directly to the Residency Classification Office. All students are considered out-of-state residents until domicile affidavits are processed. See Residency Guidelines and also review information about Proposition 300.

  • A financial guarantee form (international students)

  • An immunization form to be sent directly to Campus Health. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have met the University's immunization requirements. For more information, see the Campus Health Service's immunization requirements.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, contact:.

Barb Vandervelde
Manager of Administration