About This Program
The Masters in Information Architecture and Innovation degree is an information architecture program designed to prepare students for a variety of jobs. The skills gained in the Master's program include the ability to analyze and critically assess problems that come up in business as well as technology. Graduates may end up working as researchers, IT managers, information officers, or perhaps they will decide to continue their education with doctoral studies (for which they will have been well prepared with their information architecture education).
This program is worth 120 credits (which differ from the worth of typical credits in the United States) and is a full-time program that takes place in the Swedish city of Jönköping. Although located in Sweden, the IA program is taught entirely in English, making proficiency in Swedish unnecessary. Only three semesters must be completed in Sweden, as studying abroad for a semester is an option in this program.
Students will have no trouble selecting classes, as this information architecture program is well structured and organized. In the fall of the first year, students are required to take Digital Innovation, Project Management in Cross-Cultural Settings, Project in Information System, and Theory and Practice of Socio-Technical Systems. These four courses are worth 7.5 credits each.
During the spring of the first year, students must take Enterprise Architecture and IT Architecture, Information Strategy, Digital Transformation and Renewal, and Advanced Research Methods in Information Systems. The second year looks a bit different, as each semester requires one "activity" worth 30 credits, rather than 4 courses worth 7.5 credits each. In the fall of the second year, students will either study abroad, choose specific elective courses, or do an internship. In the final semester, students will write their Master's Thesis in Informatics.
The Master of Science in Information Architecture program is designed to be full time and last for two years (four semesters). This totals 120 credits, with each class being worth around 7.5 credits. Students will, therefore, be completing 30 credits per semester to graduate within the two years.
Although they refer to it as a master's program called "Information Architecture and Innovation," this program is technically a Master of Science with a major in Informatics. This has no negative effect on gaining a proper information architecture education, of course; it is simply important to remember when navigating the website and learning about the various aspects of the program.
Those who are not citizens of the EU will have to pay tuition. The total cost of tuition is 240,000 SEK (Swedish Krona), or around USD 30,000. Scholarships are available. The application deadline period is October and May; however, classes begin only in the Fall.