Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Science and Technology (IST). IST seeks to develop the knowledge, understanding, and imagination of its students, enabling them to take leadership positions in efforts to improve the quality of technology and scientific research around the globe. As an IST student, you will join a dynamic community of students, faculty and alumni passionate about our mission of making this world a better place through the advancement of applied science and scientific education.

Undergraduate Requirements:

To be considered for admission into an undergraduate degree program, applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. Depending upon the program of interest, other specific admission requirements may also apply.

Steps to Enrollment:

  • Complete IST’s online Undergraduate Application
  • Provide a current government-issued photo ID.
  • Provide evidence of a high school diploma or its equivalent (e.g., GED). A transcript may be used to provide evidence of high school completion provided that a graduation date is listed.
  • If English is not the first language, provide evidence of proficiency in the English Language or documentation of attending and succeeding in an English language taught school.

Graduate Requirements:

To be considered for admission into a graduate degree program, the applicant must have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or last two years as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student.

Applicants for a Master’s degree program must provide evidence of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (e.g., transcript). Doctoral applicants must provide evidence of a Master’s degree from an accredited institution, or at a minimum, 30 graduate-level credit hours.

Steps to Enrollment:

  • Complete IST’s online Graduate Application
  • Provide a current government-issued photo ID.
  • Provide evidence of a Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and/or any graduate level coursework. A transcript may be used to provide evidence of degree completion provided that a graduation date is listed.
  • If English is not the first language, provide evidence of proficiency in the English Language or documentation of attending and succeeding in an English language taught school.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates demonstrating quality academic ability, good moral character, personal integrity, the determination to complete a rigorous online program and a desire to pursue a continuing education program culminating in a Capstone project that benefits society are considered for admission to the Institute of Science and Technology (IST). Students must also meet all other general and specific degree program admission requirements on the IST website. Currently, students are not required to have a specific score on either the SAT or ACT for admittance.

When admitting a student, IST may consider the student’s standing at a previously attended institution, including, but not limited to, records of disciplinary action.

Transcripts must be sent directly to IST by the granting institution(s) before the end of the student’s first semester. Unofficial transcripts will be acceptable to expedite enrollment, however, the student must submit official transcripts. Foreign transcripts, not in English, must be submitted together with certified English translations. For Foreign Transcript evaluation the student will be responsible for costs related to the evaluation procedures. Contact the Admissions Department. admissions@science.edu for further assistance.

Send all required documentation, including official transcripts, to:

Institute of Science and Technology
Admissions Office
11020 N Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO  64153
admissions@science.edu

Selection of Candidates:

Applicants are selected by an Institute of Science and Technology review committee. Selection is based upon current program enrollment caps, intellectual abilities of the student as demonstrated by their GPA, and/or on the opinion of the Committee concerning the student’s ability to succeed – not only in the Program, but also in the field after the degree is awarded.

Notification of Admission/Denial:

Applicants will be notified as to admission or denial no later than 30 days from the date of the application.

Non-Discrimination:

The Institute of Science and Technology does not discriminate based on ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, or age in its programs and activities.

IST complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. In compliance with federal and state regulations, reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified students with disabilities.

Scholarship Information

IST has a limited number of scholarships to cover the full-tuition expenses to earn a degree. At this time, only students that meet the criteria for a full-tuition scholarship will be admitted to IST. Failure to meet GPA standards in any given term can result in termination of a scholarship, in which case the student would be withdrawn from the program. Awards are limited to tuition-only and will not cover student expenses for books, a student computer, or other education-related expenses.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transcripts from accredited programs previously attended will be evaluated and credit may be given for courses completed if all other admission requirements have been met. Students previously attending the Institute of Science and Technology will have all courses accepted for admission.

Undergraduate Program:

IST may accept transfer credits up to a maximum of 75% of the required credits for a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program. Grades of those courses must be 2.0 or higher to be accepted. If any credits were earned more than 10 years ago, the credit will not be transferable.

Graduate Program:

IST may accept transfer credits up to a maximum of 50 percent of the required credits for a master’s degree program, and 15 percent for a doctorate degree program. Students wishing to apply units earned at other institutions must submit an official transcript showing the posted grades to the Admissions Office before graduation. Transcripts showing courses “in progress” may not be used toward graduation. If credit is more than 10 years old, credit will not be accepted.

Acceptance of Transfer Credits

The acceptance of transfer credits lies within the sole discretion of IST. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by IST. Likewise, credits earned at IST may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations.

Students planning to complete credits for a graduate degree in another college, university, or graduate school are advised to contact the Admissions Office of such institution in advance of applying.

International Applicants

An international applicant is defined as any student applying to IST who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. International students will be considered using the same criteria as all other incoming students including the English language requirement with the addition of a photocopy of the name page of the applicant’s passport or government issued photo identification or national identity card with photo.

English Language Requirement (TOEFL):

Students are expected to communicate clearly in writing and during conversations with faculty and staff. If English is not a student’s native language, but they have attended school in an English-speaking environment they can provide documentation of such or they must submit proof of a qualifying score on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT). IST requires a qualifying score of 80 or higher. The TOEFL iBT tests the four language skills that are important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Access the TOEFL iBT Information and Registration Bulletin (opens new window) for information about test dates, locations, and fees.

The Institute of Science and Technology is a program of the International Academy of Science, a 501(c)(3) Missouri Nonprofit Corporation.

The Institute of Science and Technology has authority to confer degrees through an exemption granted by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.