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Graduate Pathway in Information Systems with Non-IS Background

INTO Illinois State University, United States


Next enrollment cycle

August 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 27,600

Course Accredited By


  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Pathway Programme
Graduate Pathway program offering the academic foundation, essential language skills and GMAT/GRE test preparation to successfully move on to master’s degrees.
An INTO Illinois State University Graduate Pathway program in Information Systems will prepare the student to enter their next semester of a master’s degree program at Illinois State University.
  • Students can choose from four differing sequences: Geographic Information Systems, Internet Application Development, Network & Security Management and Systems Development.
  • Our coursework provides students with a solid conceptual foundation and hands-on experiences with the latest technologies. Graduates are well prepared for continuing professional growth.
  • Students can choose from one- to two-semester Pathway programs.
  • Students are fully admitted to Illinois State provided successful completion of conditional admission criteria at the end of the Pathway and submission of all required admission credentials.
  • A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university.
  • Students will benefit from fully integrated classes with both domestic and other international students on campus while learning from highly trained university instructors and tutors.


  • Start dates January August
  • Program length 1 Semester


  • Start dates January August
  • Program length 2 Semesters

Enrollment Cycles

  • August 2023
  • January 2024

Age requirement

  • 17

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with 2.5 GPA out of 4.0.

English language entry requirements

  • 2 Semesters: TOEFL 65, IELTS 5.5, PTEA 44, IELA 169, Password 6, Completion of Academic English Level 4, or Duolingo 95.

Age requirement

  • 17

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with 2.5 GPA out of 4.0.

English language entry requirements

  • 1 Semester: TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5, PTEA 53, IELA 176, Password 7, or Duolingo 105.
  • 39 credit hour program, plus up to 21 prerequisite credits
  • 0-3 graduate credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 36-39 graduate credit hours remaining toward degree, plus 0-9 prerequisite credits

Semester 1

  • IDS 403 Writing for Academic Purposes 3 Credits
  • IDS 405 Reading for Academic Purposes 3 Credits
  • IT 168 Structured Problem Solving Using the Computer 4 Credits
  • IT 254 Hardware and Software Concepts 3 Credits
  • Total 13 Credits

Semester 2

  • IDS 401 Advanced Writing for Graduate Students 3 Credits
  • IT 178 Computer Application Programming 3 Credits
  • IT 276 Data Communications 3 Credits
  • Total 9 Credits

Notes * These courses are generally delivered through the INTO Center and are for Pathway students only.

  • This is a sample schedule based on taking all 7 prerequisite foundation courses. Students with IS coursework may not take all prerequisites. Students may also take placement tests and place out of courses. Class schedules built for each student's background. Students taking 7 prerequisite courses may need 2-3 additional courses after progression to the degree. There are 39 credits in the Information Systems degree.

Sequences available:

  • Geographic Information Systems; Internet Application Development; Network and Security Management; Systems Development

Prerequisite Foundation Courses

  • Fundamentals of Information Assurance - Hardware and Software Concepts
  • Java as a Second Language OR Structured Problem Solving Using the Computer AND Computer Applications Programming
  • Data Communications
  • Database processing
  • Accelerated 
  • Tuition Fees: 1 Semester $15890
  • Standard 
  • Tuition Fees: 2 Semesters $27600

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