MIMS Application Requirements & Instructions

Next start date: August 2019
Application Deadline: January 7, 2019, 8:59 pm

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(1) Statement of Purpose, Personal History, and Short Answer Essay

The Statement of Purpose, Personal History, and Short Answer Essay are three separate essays.

The Statement of Purpose should succinctly explain your reasons for applying to the I School, briefly review your relevant academic preparation and work experience, and describe your future professional goals once the degree is acquired. The focus should be on your preparation, experience, and aims rather than a discussion of the trends or the importance of information in general. The most successful statements are 1–2 pages in length and focus on the strengths and experiences of the applicant, providing the reviewers with evidence and justification for admitting those applicants who are qualified and well-suited for the I School.

The Personal History should include any relevant information not already included in the Statement of Purpose. Additional suggestions may be found in the Graduate Division's Personal Statement Guide. There is no minimum length for the Personal History.

The Short Answer Essay should answer the question asked in 300 words or fewer.

The three essays are used in part to evaluate the candidate’s writing skills. Pursuant to UC Berkeley policy, these essays must be written by the candidate her or himself. For admitted students, application materials must comply with the Code of Student Conduct.

All three essays should be uploaded as PDF documents, as part of the online application.

(2) Three Professional Letters of Recommendation

We prefer that letters come from a current or former employer. Select individuals with whom you have had considerable professional interaction such as your supervisor or a major client. The title or status of those you select is not important, what does matter is how closely your recommenders have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities and interpersonal skills in an organizational context. Letters or recommendations from co-workers, someone you have supervised, or personal and family friends are inappropriate and can be detrimental to your application.

We encourage your recommenders to submit their letters online; please follow the instructions in the online application. If this is not possible, recommenders should mail their hard-copy letters along with the letter of recommendation cover sheet directly to the School of Information, at:

School of Information Admissions
102 South Hall #4600
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600

If your letters of recommendation are being submitted online, please do not send duplicate hard copies of the letters.

(3) Application Fee

(submitted with the online application)

  • Fee for domestic applicants: $105.
  • Fee for international applicants: $125.

Military Fee Waiver: The I School is proud to offer U.S. military service members (active duty and veterans) an application fee waiver. Prior to submitting your application, please complete our Military Application Fee Waiver request form, and we will contact you within 2 business days with further instructions.

(4) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

All applicants must submit valid test results from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Either exam is acceptable for admission to the MIMS program.

We recommend taking the GRE or GMAT no later than October, and preferably earlier. To be valid, the exam must have been taken within the past 5 years: for applicants for Fall 2018 admission, test scores taken before October 2012 will not be accepted.

Please have your test scores sent directly to UC Berkeley by the testing authorities. The school code for UC Berkeley is 4833; for the GRE, the department code for the I School is 0404 (Information Sciences).

More information: GRE website; GMAT website

(5) TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Applicants who received their degrees in countries other than the U.S., U.K., Australia, or English-speaking Canada are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). This includes applicants with degrees from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and most European countries. Only applicants who have completed a full year of U.S. university-level coursework with a grade of B or better are exempt from this requirement.

For students taking the TOEFL, your most recent score must be at least 90 on the Internet-based version of the TOEFL.

For students taking the IELTS, your most recent score must be at least 7.0 out of 9.0 on the IELTS Academic test.

We recommend taking the TOEFL or IELTS no later than October, and preferably earlier. To be valid, the TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken within the past 18 months: for applicants for Fall 2018 admission, test scores taken before June 2016 will not be accepted.

Please have your test scores sent directly to UC Berkeley by the testing authorities. The school code for UC Berkeley is 4833. The department code for the I School is 99.

More information: TOEFL website; IELTS website

(6) Current Resumé

Please upload a current resumé, reflecting your work experience, education, and any other relevant information. We request that resumés be 1–2 pages in length and be in a chronological format. The resumé should be uploaded as a PDF document as part of the online application.

(7) College Transcripts

As part of the online application, upload copies of the official transcripts or academic records for all university-level studies you have completed abroad and at U.S. institutions. Be sure to include a current transcript from every post-secondary school that you have attended, including community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs.

Each transcript should be uploaded as a separate PDF document; please refer to the instructions on the online application.

Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in India are required to upload a copy of their degree conferral certificate.  If a degree conferral certificate has not yet been obtained, please upload a provisional certificate.  Applicants who have not yet graduated from undergrad are not required to submit a provisional certificate at this time.

(8) Programming Competency Statement

INFO 206, a required course to be taken in the first semester of the MIMS program, involves extensive programming assignments; INFO 206 does not teach programming. It is the student's responsibility to be prepared for INFO 206 before arriving at Berkeley.

Therefore the MIMS degree program requires entering students to have a basic level of skill in object-oriented programming upon enrollment. We require programming skills comparable to those obtained in a college-level programming course in a high-level object-oriented language (e.g., Python, Java, C++). Python is currently used for Info 206, but other languages are acceptable for admission. (This is subject to change in future semesters.)

Each applicant must submit a Programming Competency Statement. This statement is not a form; it is a document each applicant creates, similar to a resumé. It should list your programming language(s), describe specifically your level of proficiency, and include a brief description of relevant programming courses completed. The statement should be uploaded as a PDF document as part of the online application.

All application materials must be received by the application deadline, including transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.

If you have any questions, please email admissions@ischool.berkeley.edu.

Test Codes

Test Code/Dept Valid for Acceptable test dates
(for Fall 2018 admission)



60 months

after October 2012



60 months

after October 2012



18 months

after June 2016



18 months

after June 2016

*Test Report Form must be sent directly from IELTS

Computer Ownership Requirement

We require that students own a computer. No particular configuration or operating system is required. However, students will be expected to complete assignments using office productivity software (e.g., Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, etc.), web browsers, etc., and should own a computer capable of running such software. More specific guidance will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

Last updated:

June 12, 2018