Monday, December 21, 2015

Tips for completing a well-rounded MSI application

The January 15 early application deadline is now less than a month away! We know you may busy working on your application and wanted to provide some tips for making it the best it can be. We’ve recently written several posts related to navigating the admissions process, funding, and asking for letters of recommendation. Below are some additional tips and thoughts to consider before hitting the submit button on your application. 

Make sure all your application materials are in order
Review the admissions requirements page and make sure you have all the required elements:

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (international students only)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Statement

The admissions team requires each one of these elements for review, so it is important that they have all been completed.

Be sure to pay special attention to the elements of your application that may be outside of your immediate control, like the letters of recommendation and test scores. Following up with your writers and the testing agencies through email or phone to ensure everything has been completed and sent to the correct place can provide reassurance. You can also check the status of your application here.

What does your application say about you?
The admissions review committee takes a holistic approach in evaluating each prospective student's application. This means that the admissions team is looking at all elements of your application to see how well you fit with the school's mission statement, your potential for leadership, what you see yourself doing in the future of the field, and other related factors. Please read this post on writing the personal statement and statement of purpose for more tips.

Answering the five questions listed under the Statement of Purpose on the admissions requirements page will allow you to address these factors and give the admissions review committee an idea of how you believe you can further the field of information. Make sure that you have expressed yourself clearly in this section and answered all of the questions posed.

Once you have your essays written, remember to proofread your statements and have a friend review them as well. I remember writing my own personal statement and struggling with what direction to take but what helped me most was imagining I was on the admissions committee reading my statements for the first time. What did I now know about the applicant based only the application? How does this person fit within the field of information? What has the applicant done in the past to ensure future success? Is the applicant a good fit for the school? After you've read your statements, make sure they tell your story, who you are, what you bring to the table, and what you hope to achieve by earning your MSI.

For specific questions about the application process, you may contact the admissions team at The admissions office will be closed for the university-wide winter break from December 24-January 4. The admissions team will respond to your emails as soon as possible upon their return. In addition, please understand that the time it takes to make an admissions decision may vary due to the busy application season and the number of applications the team receives. For general questions about the program or Ann Arbor and to connect with prospective and current students, please check out the UMSI Prospective Students Facebook group.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Online Information Session Recording

You can find a recording of our December 3 online information session here:

Please let us know if you have additional questions!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Letters of Recommendation

We know prospective students often have many questions about letters of recommendation... who to ask? how to ask? when?

I've pulled together two previous posts in which we can help answer some of those questions...

Check them out here: