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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 24, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Information Science and Technology, MSIS

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MSIS Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 credits is required to complete the MSIS degree. Basic course requirements are as follows:

  • 6 credits of course work in the Formal or Applied Foundations area
  • 18 credits of course work in the Systems and Technology areas (INFSCI 2500  required)
  • 6 credits of course work in the Cognitive Science or Cognitive Systems areas
  • 6 credits of electives—students may pursue a thesis or a practicum as one of the elective options. Students should know that a thesis is not a requirement of the MSIS degree

Master Degree Program with GSPIA

The School of Information Sciences (SIS) has entered into a joint agreement with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). The program allows for students to complete the Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) degree and one of three degrees in GSPIA simultaneously. To be admitted fully into the joint program, students must be accepted by both GSPIA and SIS.

Admission Process

Students wishing to enter this program need to submit the regular application form, along with two recommendation letters, an official transcript, and a copy of GRE or GMAT. International students have additional submission requirements.

All students are expected to have completed the prerequisite courses in

  • mathematics,
  • statistics (or comparable coursework),
  • structured programming language (C or C++ recommended)

Course of Study

The course of study for the Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) degree under the joint agreement consists of a minimum of 30 credits in the Graduate Information and Technology Program, plus an additional 30-39 credits at GSPIA depending the selected area of study. Students may register under either the GSPIA or SIS school code during any given semester, but must have registered under each school code for at least 24 credits by the completion of the degree. Please be aware that there is a small tuition differential between the two schools.

The 30 credits taken in SIS are to be distributed as follows:

  • 3 credits in the Mathematical and Formal Foundations area.
  • 6 credits in the Cognitive Science area or Cognitive Systems area. INFSCI 2300  and INFSCI 2350  are recommended.
  • 18 credits in the Systems and Technology area or Cognitive Systems area, including INFSCI 2500 .
  • 3 credits as Electives from any remaining course in the Information Science program .


Any changes to the distribution above must be requested, in advance, through petition to the faculty.

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