Regular admission to the Master of Science in Instructional Technology (IT) at The University of Southern Mississippi is selective and contingent upon having graduated from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency. In addition, the graduate admissions committee for IT will recommend admittance for those applicants whose academic background, computer competency, and work experience meet the challenging demands of the IT program. In evaluating applications, the admissions committee will utilize the following criteria:
- An undergraduate’s grade point average [GPA] reflects the equivalent to an applicant’s ability to complete graduate work. Recently, applicants regularly admitted to the Master's program obtained GPAs exceeding 2.9 on a 4.0-point scale for the last 64 hours of undergraduate study.
- The Graduate Record Examination [GRE] scores provide predictors of an applicant’s ability to successfully complete the graduate program.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals in the field of education or computer applications who can assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study. These letters should reflect the student's knowledge of technology and computer applications and must be sent directly to the department. Also, the letters must be accompanied by the required Waiver Form.
- The quality of supporting materials provided with an applicant’s application (e.g., portfolio, letter of interest).
An applicant who fails to meet the above criteria for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission on an individual basis. Applicants accepted on a conditional basis must complete 9 semester hours of program coursework with a B or better in each course and may be required to take 3 to 6 hours of computer application courses that cannot be counted toward fulfilling degree requirements. The applicant is responsible to inform his/her advisor and/or the Department Chair when conditional status is to be removed.