You should narrow down your interest to "software" or "hardware". That is, if you are interested in writing instructions for computers to accomplish tasks efficiently and in a secure manner, you would choose either Computer Science or Computer Information Systems. If your interest is more along the lines of hardware - system setup, networking, installation etc - you should look at the Telecommunications Systems Management program.
A well-defined 2+2 program is available in TSM and CIS. We also have a "finish-in-five" Computer Science program for those with an associate's degree. this could take longer if you don't have the required Math and/or programming foundation. Choose wisely while taking electives in the Associate's degree.
First decide what direction you'd like to go (see first question above). After that consider one of these options.
(1) complete all the requirements for a second degree. In this case you will not have to complete the "University studies" courses. However both the Computer Science and Computer Information Systems have specific courses required under "University Studies" like MAT250, ECO231, etc. Please consult with the department chair for more assistance.
(2) Alternately, you can explore the MS in Information Systems program. It is a 30-credit AACSB accredited program that was started in Fall 2008. It is open to people with any background. The program director (contact) will assist you with foundation courses you may need before you can start the program. A GRE/GMAT test is required.
Yes, the MS in Information Systems does require an ETS score. The code for Murray State University is 1494. We will accept either as long as it is still valid. The minimum acceptable score varies depending on which version of the test was taken. Please contact the program director. The GRE may be taken at our Counseling and Testing Center (270-809-6851). Please call and schedule at least three weeks in advance of the date you wish to take the test.
The MS in TSM program also requires the GRE/GMAT. But students may be admitted with conditions if they do not have the score at the time of application. Please contact the program director for more information.
Most admission decisions are handled by the undergraduate admissions office and are based on ACT scores. If a student does not have ACT (or equivalent) scores, students are directed to the department chair who then has to determine the appropriate MATH classes to recommend. In such cases, the student will be directed to the department of mathematics to schedule one of the 3 KYOTE exams - College Readiness, College Algebra, or Calculus. It is wise to take some of the practice exams to see how they place.
Students may go to http://www.kyote.org and choose the link for "Practice Exams" in the upper left panel of the page. There are 4 practice exams for the KYOTE Math College Readiness Exam. The answers to each are on the bottom of the page.
- A score of 0-8 would place you into MAT 095, after which you would take MAT 096, and then MAT 117.
- A score of 9-15 would place you in MAT 096 (which would suffice as a prerequisite for MAT 117, once completed).
- A score of 16-21 would place you into MAT 097, and then you would have to choose whether to take MAT 096 to get into MAT 117 or take MAT 097 with a view that in the future you might want to take a course that would require the stronger MAT 097 for a prerequisite.
Students planning on majoring in either of our undergraduate programs must start at MAT140 (or MAT150).
- Students going the MAT140 route will need a 14 on College Algebra Exam OR 27 on College Readiness Exam
- Students going the MAT150 route will need a 9 on KYOTE Calculus Exam