MSIM Application Process
Application Timeline for Full-Time/ Early-Career MSIM Program
The MSIM admissions process opens annually on Sept. 1. The 2020 process will have three rounds of review, based on three application deadlines.
|Deadline||Nov. 15, 2019,
11:59 p.m. (PST)
|Jan. 15, 2020,
11:59 p.m. (PST)
|April 15, 2020,
11:59 p.m. (PDT)
|Decisions conveyed**||Mid-January||Early March||Mid-May|
|Visit events||Online events will be scheduled for late January/early February||
MSIM Admit Visit Day is Thursday, April 2 (online events will also be available)
|Reply deadline||April 15, 2020||April 15, 2020||Early-mid June|
|Eligibility||All applicants||All applicants||U.S. citizens and permanent residents|
* The Early Decision deadline is not "binding." Applicants are welcome to apply to multiple programs and are not required to accept the offer of admission.
** After a round of review, if no decision has been reached, the admissions committee may choose to put some applicants "on hold" and move them to the next round of review. Applicants with this status will be notified.
Note: Office hours for the Information School and Graduate School are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Staff from these offices will not be available outside of these times to answer questions. If the deadline listed falls on a weekend, please contact the appropriate office during business hours with questions.
Application deadlines and Deadline Policy
Round 1: The early decision deadline is Nov. 15, 2019. During this round of review, the admissions committee will only consider complete applications. Admissions decisions for this group will be conveyed in early January. Incomplete applications and those not selected for admission during this round will be saved and considered in the next round.
Round 2: The priority deadline is Jan. 15, 2020. During this round of review, the admissions committee will give priority to complete applications, but may consider applications with late materials. Admissions decisions for this group will be conveyed in early March.
Round 3: The final deadline is April 15, 2020. During this round of review, the admissions committee will give priority to complete applications, but may consider applications with late materials. Admissions decisions for this group will be conveyed in mid-May. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply during this round.
Deadline policy: For the 2020 Early-Career (formerly "Full-Time") MSIM admissions process, application review and admissions decisions will be made in three rounds. For each round, the MyGrad application and all application materials, including recommendations, should be submitted (date-stamped) by the stated deadline. Review and/or consideration of incomplete applications or late materials is at the discretion of the MSIM admissions committee.
Application Timeline for Mid-Career MSIM Program
The admissions process opens annually on Sept. 1. The 2020 process will have six rounds of review, based on six application deadlines.
|Application period||Deadline||Decision notification||Response date|
|Round 1||Sept. 1 - Nov. 1||Nov. 1||Nov. 12||Dec. 15|
|Round 2||Nov. 2 - Jan. 1||Jan. 1||Jan. 13||Feb. 15|
|Round 3||Jan. 2 - March 1||March 1||March 13||April 15|
|Round 4||March 2 - May 1||May 1||May 11||June 15|
|Round 5||May 2 - July 1||July 1||July 10||Aug. 15|
|Round 6||July 2 - Aug. 1||Aug. 1||Aug. 7||Aug. 15|
Admissions Process and Deadline Policy
For the 2020 application cycle, the Mid-Career MSIM program will have a modified rolling admissions process. Applications will be reviewed and decisions made in six rounds, according to the grid above. The following basic guidelines will be observed:
- All applications submitted during the application period will be reviewed after the stated deadline.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the deadline.
- Incomplete applications will still be reviewed and considered for admission.
- In the case of an incomplete application, the MSIM admissions committee may hold the application until all materials have been received. (Applications may be moved from one round to another if no decision has been issued.)
- Some applicants may be contacted directly for additional information.
- Admitted applicants will be asked to respond to the offer of admission by the reply deadline. If no response is received, their spot in the program may be given to another applicant.
Since the admissions committee will be using a modified rolling admissions process, there is no deadline "policy." Applications will be reviewed and decisions made according to the timeline listed above. The admissions committee will give preference to complete applications, but reserves the right to consider incomplete applications. As indicated in the timeline, August 1 is the final deadline.