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Master of Science in Information Science

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Are you looking for a career in information science? Do you aim to work in a specific subset of information science, or perhaps gain general knowledge in the field? Either way, the MSIS as the University of Pittsburgh could be a great fit for your academic and professional goals.




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About This Program

Information is a significant part of modern society, and its importance is only growing. To successfully manage information, organizations of all types hire information science professionals. These people can work in a wide range of positions, from information architecture to data security to analytics and more. With the importance of data and digital information only growing by the year, the career potential for students in the Master of Science in Information Science program is growing rapidly as well.

The Master of Science in Information Science allows students to choose from six specializations or a general course of study. The general program will enable students to gain a breadth of knowledge that many employers are looking for. The coursework for this program includes six credits in Formal or Applied Foundations, eighteen credits in Systems and Technology, six credits in Cognitive Science or Cognitive Systems, and six credits of electives, which they may choose based on their electives and career goals.

Students may also choose from one of the six specialties offered. By choosing a specialty, students devote themselves to gaining a depth of knowledge in a specific aspect of information science. The options include Big Data Analytics, Database and Web Systems, Geoinformatics, Human-Centered Computing, Information Security, and Telecommunications and Distributed Systems. Each of the specializations requires different core classes, so students should work with their academic advisor to make sure that they are on track to complete all of the coursework expected of them.

Most students complete the MSIS in one year by taking 9 to 12 credits per term. In its entirety, the Master of Science in Information Science is a 37-credit IA program. Students who choose to study part-time have up to four years to complete the information architecture degree. Students should take at least 6 credits per term to maintain progress through the IA program. They must also register for at least 3 credits per calendar year to retain their active student status.

The School of Computing and Information offers a joint Master's option alongside the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Students can complete their MSIS degree and simultaneously a degree from the GSPIA – a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public & International Affairs, or Master of International Development. Earning a joint degree can expand a student's career potential and make them more employable.

Students apply for the MSIS program through the University's online application system. Domestic applications are due by July 15 for the Fall and by November 1 for the Spring. Students must submit their transcripts, letters of, GRE scores, resume, and a statement of intent outlining their career goals. They must also pay a nonrefundable $50 application fee.

About This School

The University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as Pitt, was established as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, when it stood on the edge of the American Frontier. It became a public institution in 1966. Today, it is composed of 17 schools and colleges on its 132-acre urban Pittsburgh campus and enrolls nearly 30,000 students.

What I Will Learn

Why We Recommend This IA School Program

This IA program is one of the most flexible information architecture degree programs you can find. Whether you are looking to build a career in information science or are looking for graduate level education to further your leadership career, Pitt has a one year program that will suit your needs.

Course Requirements / Prerequisites

Applicants need to have taken at least one three-credit course in each of statistics, mathematics, and a structured programming language. If they have not completed the prerequisites, they may be admitted provisionally.

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