Admissions Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have a major in IT, CS or MIS-related field (preferred, but not required)
    • Have a minimum two years experience working with information systems if the baccalaureate degree is not in an IT, CS or MIS-related field
    • Completed the prerequisites before beginning the Information Technology Leadership Program, if less than two years experience with information technology and the baccalaureate degree is not in an IT, CS or MIS-related field

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Those who do not meet the work experience and baccalaureate degree admission or IT experience requirements need to complete three prerequisite courses. All prerequisites coures are available online.

  • CIS 3105 - Management Information Systems
  • CIS 3107 - Database Modeling 
  • CIS 3108 - Systems Analysis and Design

2. Application

Transcripts required: B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, any post-baccalaureate transcript, and any transcript with prerequisite coursework.

Request official transcripts for receipt on or before the application deadline.

Must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as DocufideScrip Safe or National Clearinghouse.

Email to

Mail to:
The College of St. Scholastica 
Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN  55811

Please order early — transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Upload a completed Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership Essay.

    As part of the onlione application, the admissions essay should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate your ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, accelerated academic program.

    Prepare a 500-word essay, typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, answering the following:
    • Write a 500 word essay to describe your experiences with information systems, discuss your career plans and how you plan to use this degree to fulfill your career goals, and explain why you decided to apply for the Master of Arts in IT Leadership at The College of St. Scholastica.
  3. In the online application, enter contact information for two references who observe and evaluate your leadership competencies and abilities in the IT field. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name". 
  4. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and the admissions decision.

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal to accept or decline using the Decision Response form.

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact.

Application Deadlines

Summer: May 2

Fall: Aug. 15

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