Admission
Domestic Students

In order to be admitted and begin taking courses at Knowledge Systems Institute, prospective students must complete the application process that is detailed in the "How to Apply" section below. For more information about KSI, please visit our Prospective Students section.

How to Apply

In order to gain admission to Knowledge Systems Institute, prospective students must:

  Application Form:
  Fill out and submit the application form online    OR
  Download the Application form and submit it by mail, email or fax
  Submit three reference letters to the KSI Admissions Office
  Submit a $50.00 application fee to the KSI Admissions Office
  Have all official transcripts mailed directly to the KSI Admissions Office from the institution issuing the transcript
  Submit a photocopy of all diplomas or degree certificates received
  A 1" to 1.5" standard photo

Please submit all materials to:

Admissions Office
Knowledge Systems Institute
3420 Main Street
Skokie, Illinois, 60076

phone (847) 679-3135
fax (847) 679-3166
email: admissions@ksi.edu

TOEFL grade reports should be sent directly to the school using the school's TOEFL test center code, which is 1379.

When to Apply
Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. Classes begin at various times as indicated in the academic calendar.
Requirements for Admission

Knowledge Systems Institute accepts applications for admission to its M.S. Degree Program from prospective students who meet the minimum coursework and degree requirements. The following are required for all applicants:

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited U.S. college or university or equivalent international institution
  • Minimum of 2.75 GPA or equivalnent
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals with in-depth knowledge of applicant's ability in the area of computer and information sciences
  • Applicant's professional statement

Students lacking an adequate computer science background are required to take five prerequisite courses including:

Adequate background in CIS is considered a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Incoming students may also take waiver exams for individual prerequisite courses.


Transfer Policy
Students who have completed graduate-level coursework in computer and information sciences but did not earn a master's degree in computer science or computer engineering at an accredited institution may request the credit of equivalent graduate courses be applied towards a graduate degree subject to the constraints listed below.

1. Only matriculated students may transfer a maximum of six graduate credits from another accredited institution toward a KSI master's degree.

2. The college or university previously attended must be an accredited institution awarding graduate credits.

3. Credits may be transferred for courses earning credit and successfully completed with a grade of "B" or higher.

4. Only credit hours are transferable. Grade associated with the credit are not transferable, nor are they included in computing the grade point average at KSI.

5. Only graduate courses in computer science having an equivalent KSI course may be transferred. Graduate-level coursework from other disciplines is not transferable.

The Registrar’s Office must receive written approval by a computer science faculty member and by the student's academic advisor Students must submit the "Transfer Credit Approval Form" and an official course description directly to the Registrar’s Office.