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Graduate Pathway in Information Systems with 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 in Information Systems or related background 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 in Information Systems or related background 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
  • 12 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 27 credit hours remaining toward degree

Semester 1

  • IDS 403 Writing for Academic Purposes 3 Credits
  • IDS 405 Reading for Academic Purposes 3 Credits
  • IT 351 or IT 357 Practical Cryptography or Tools and Techniques in Information Assurance and Security 3 Credits
  • IT 432 System Analysis and Design 3 Credits
  • Total 12 Credits

Semester 2

  • IDS 401 Advanced Writing for Graduate Students 3 Credits
  • IT 377 Practical Telecommunication Networking 3 Credits
  • IT 478 or IT 463 Advanced Database Management or Information Technology Project Management 3 Credits
  • Total 9 Credits

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

  • Sequences available: Geographic Information Systems; Internet Application Development; Network and Security Management; Systems Development.

Additional Entry Requirements

Completion of the following undergraduate courses with a grade of B or better:

  • Fundamentals of Information Assurance and Security
  • 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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