What can I do to improve my application?

Admission to MCIT Online is very competitive and you’ll want your application to be as strong as it can be. We look for applicants who are likely to succeed in, benefit from, and contribute to the MCIT program and your application should emphasize those things as much as possible.

Although the GRE or GMAT are optional for MCIT Online, high scores, especially in the Quantitative section of the exam, will help demonstrate that you have an aptitude for quantitative subjects. If your undergraduate degree is not in a quantitative subject, or if you did not take or do well in many quantitative courses, we recommend taking the GRE or GMAT.

Of course, you can’t go back and change things in your past like your undergraduate GPA, but if there are grades that you are not particularly proud of, address them in your personal statement and explain how you have learned from those experiences and why you’ll still be able to succeed in MCIT Online.

Your personal statement should also make it clear that you understand the MCIT Online curriculum and how it matches your career goals, explain your reasons for applying to the program, and give specific examples of things that you’ve done in the past that show that you will succeed in the future. You should also describe the ways in which you will contribute to the program and to the MCIT community.

Additionally, it is helpful to demonstrate that you have experience completing online courses because the online learning environment is unique and requires commitment, flexibility, and organizational and time management skills. If you have taken any online courses (regardless of subject area), please include them on your resume and/or in your personal statement and mention the platform (e.g., Coursera, edX, Blackboard, Moodle, etc).

Although you will not write your letters of recommendation, we suggest that you speak to your letter writers about your motivation for applying to the program and what you consider your strengths to be and make certain to ask your writers to reflect your strengths and motivations in their letters.

Last, although MCIT Online does not have any specific prerequisites in terms of coursework or CS knowledge, taking and doing well in one or two introductory CS courses (whether online or on-campus at another institution) is a good way of showing interest and aptitude. If you’re looking for an online course to help you get ramped up, we recommend Penn’s Computational Thinking for Problem Solving or the Introduction to Programming with Python and Java course on Coursera.