Admission Criteria

Preparing to Apply

Admission to the program is based on the following:

  • Prerequisite GPA
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite courses.
    • Prerequisite courses must be completed BEFORE the application deadline.
    • Grades less than a B in IS 201 and/or IS 303 are not accepted.
    • Students who elect a P grade for prerequisites taken in Winter 2020 are welcome to apply. That is, for these students, the B minimum grade policy for IS 201 and/or IS 303/CS 111 will be waived.
    • Performance in IS 201 and IS 303/CS 111 will be determined using posted university grades and input from course instructors.
    • Transferred prerequisite courses are discounted. 3 for this calculation (e.g. A to A-).
    • Repeated prerequisite courses are discounted. 3 (no more than one repeat per class).
    • Last 30-credit-hour GPA and BYU GPA (calculations will use the posted university grades).
    • Transfer students must complete at least one full-time semester at BYU before applying.
  • Essay Response
    • Essay questions will be listed on the application. Essays should be thorough and well thought out.
  • Résumé

This is a limited-enrollment program. Entry is competitive. Not every student meeting the criteria is guaranteed acceptance into the program.

Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisite courses must be completed with at least a 3.0 average GPA (a grade of B or better is required in IS 201 and IS 303), with no more than one repeat for each course. Repeated and transfer courses will be discounted by 0.3 (e.g., from an A to an A-).

Classes to be taken before applying to the undergraduate information systems program:

  • ACC 200: Principles of Accounting (3.0 credits)
    • Offered fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • IS 201: Intro to Management Information Systems (3.0 credits)
    • Offered fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • IS 303: Intro to Computer Programming or CS 111 (3.0 credits)
    • Offered winter and spring
  • MSB 180: Business Career Lecture Series (0.5 credit) is also suggested. This course is offered during the fall and winter semesters.

Applying to the Program

Most students apply after their sophomore year. The application is due on the last business day of June at 4:30 p.m. All prerequisites must be completed and grades posted to the student’s transcript to apply.