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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  May 25, 2022
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Information Science, MS - Telecommunications and Distributed Systems

The MSIS Degree Programs offers a number of Areas of Concentration, which are closely tied to career paths and academic areas of interest: Big Data Analytics, Database and Web Systems, Geoinformatics, Human Centered Computing, Information Security, and Telecommunications and Distributed Systems.

Note that students are not required to select an Area of Concentration; however, if an Area of Concentration is chosen, students will follow a more stringent plan of study specific to the chosen Area of Concentration. As well, some Areas of Concentration have additional pre-requisites; therefore, students may need to complete courses above and beyond the standard 36 credit requirement.

Areas of Concentration may be selected, or changed, until the end of the term in which 18 credits will be completed.

If the Telecommunications and Distributed Systems Area of Concentration is selected, students will follow the curriculum outlined in the following sections.

Required Core Courses

All MSIS students are required to take the following five classes. Students have to submit a petition to the faculty to waive any of the required core courses.

Telecommunications and Distributed Systems Required Courses

Students in the Telecommunications and Distributed Systems specializaiton must take the following three required courses:

Additional Approved Electives

Students may select two courses from the department’s standard graduate course offerings, including independent study and practicum experiences.

Students may also pursue opportunities that fall outside of the department’s standard graduate course offerings such as the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education cross-registration, doctoral seminars, courses offered in other Pitt graduate departments, or undergraduate upper-level coursework in information science or computer science (1100-1999). These opportunities may not exceed six credits and require advisor approval prior to enrollment.

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