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Information Science and Technology, M.S.

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Information Science and Technology, M.S.
This degree program is currently offered as an online program only, and therefore cannot accept students who need a visa (F1 or J1) to study at UWM.

School/College: School of Information Studies

Department Links: Degrees Conferred:
  • Master of Science in Information Science and Technology
Related Certificates Overview
The Master of Science in Information Science and Technology (MSIST) is a professional graduate degree program for those who seek advanced training to meet the ever increasing need for information technology (IT) professionals. The degree will be composed of 36 credit hours and will supplement our Bachelors of Science in Information Science and Technology.

The MSIST will provide essential skills and knowledge in the following areas:
  • User interface (UI) design and human computer interaction (HCI): Equips students with the necessary knowledge and abilities to develop interaction design that supports and enables users of the mobile applications.
  • Web and mobile design and development: Equips students with advanced technical knowledge and skills to develop mobile applications.
  • Data management and data science: Provides students with advanced knowledge and skills to manage data sets generated by applications.
  • Information security: Focuses on techniques on ensuring the security of all data captured, stored and analyzed through applications.
  • Generalist: For students who require a customized program to meet their educational and employment needs.

Graduate Faculty

Professors
Aman, Mohammed, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Britz, Johannes, D.D., University of Pretoria
Lipinski, Tomas, PhD., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Smiraglia, Richard, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Wolfram, Dietmar, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Xie, Hong, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Zhang, Jin., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Associate Professors
Du Plessis, Jacques, Ph.D., Utah State University
Haigh, Maria, Ph.D., Drexel University
Haigh, Thomas, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Henderson, Laretta, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Kipp, Margaret, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Latham, Joyce, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lee, Hur-Li, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Mu, Xiangming, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Zimmer, Michael, Ph.D., New York University

Assistant Professors
Babu, Rakesh, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Force, Donald, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Kozak, Nadine, Ph.D., University of California – San Diego
Peekhaus, Wilhelm, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Ponelis, Shana, Ph.D., University of Pretoria

Master of Science in Information Science and Technology

Admission
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:
  • A resume.
Prerequisites:
Preference will be given to those students who have a baccalaureate degree in information sciences, computer information systems, computer science, engineering, statistics, or a related field. Students with sufficient background gained through work experience or professional training in information technologies, such as networks, web services, and database development, will also be considered for admission to the program. Those who have neither of the aforementioned qualifications will be encouraged to take the following prerequisites, or their equivalents, before taking related courses:

INFOST 240 Introduction to Web Design
INFOST 410 Database Information Retrieval Systems
INFOST 440 Web Application Development

If taken, these courses must have been completed within the last five years with a grade of B or better (B- not acceptable).

Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations.

Credits and Courses
The program requires 36 graduate-level credits, including eight, 3-credit core courses and 12 credits of electives.

Core Courses:
INFOST 581 User-Centered Interaction Design
INFOST 582 Data Science
INFOST 583 Information Security
INFOST 584 Web and Mobile Development
INFOST 790 Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
COMPST 701 Mathematical and Computing Fundamentals
COMPST 702 Software Development in Python
COMPST 703 Software Engineering Principles

Electives
Twelve hours of electives from one of the transcript designated tracks below is also required.

Electives for the User Interaction & Human Computer Interaction Track
Infost 465 Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services (G)
Infost 670 Instructional Technologies
Infost 685 Electronic Publishing and Web Design
Infost 691 Special Topics in Information Science
Infost 717 Information Architecture
Infost 788 Information Systems: Analysis and Design
Arch 583 Emerging Digital Technology
Arch 781 Virtual Modeling
Arch 782 Visualization 1
Arch 783 Visualization 2
Art 411 Advanced Digital Art
Art 423 Experimental Typography
Art 496 Sequence and Structure
Art 929 Advanced Research-Design & Digital Media
CompSci 459 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
CompSci 522 Computer Game Design
CompSci 713 Computer Vision
CompSci 718 Advanced Computer Graphics: Modeling and Animation
CompSci 737 Project Management
CompSci 743 Intelligent User Interfaces
CompSci 747 Human-Computer Interaction 3
Geog 403 Remote Sensing; Environmental and Land Use Analysis
Geog 405 Cartography
Geog 525 Geographic Information Science
Geog 703 Advanced Remote Sensing

Electives for the Web and Mobile Application Design Track
Infost 465 Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services (G)
Infost 691 Special Topics in Information Science
Infost 717 Information Architecture
Infost 788 Information Systems: Analysis and Design
Art 325 Multimedia Design Introduction
Art 302 Art and Design Workshop
Art 524 Professional Practice in Design
Bus Adm 810 Development of Web-Based Solutions
Bus Adm 747 Service Oriented Analysis and Design
CompSci 481 Server Side Internet Programming (G)
CompSci 482 RICH Internet Applications (Client Side)
Geog 525 Geographic Information Science

Electives for the Information Security Track
Infost 465 Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services (G)
Infost 691 Special Topics in Information Science
Infost 761 Information Privacy
Infost 788 Information Systems: Analysis and Design
Bus Admin 817 Infrastructure for Information Systems
CompSci 469 Introduction to Computer Security
CompSci 520 Computer Networks

Electives for the Data Science Track
Infost 465 Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services (G)
Infost 691 Special Topics in Information Science
Infost 714 Metadata
Infost 716 Thesaurus Construction
Infost 719 Advanced Topics in Information Organization
Infost 780 XML for Libraries
Infost 783 Information and Storage Retrieval
Infost 785 Database Management for Information Professionals
Infost 788 Information Systems: Analysis and Design
Bus Adm 749 Data and Information Management
Bus Adm 816 Business Intelligence Technologies & Solutions
Bus Adm 810 Development of Web-Based Solutions
Bus Adm 741 Web Mining and Analytics
Geog 525 Geographic Information Science
HCA/CompSci 744 Text Mining
HCA 644 Data and Text Mining
HCA 760 Biomedical and Healthcare Ontology and Controlled Terminology I
HCA 643 Health Data Analytics

Electives for the Generalist Track
12 credit hours selected with the faculty advisor’s guidance.

Time Limit
All degree requirements must be completed within seven years from the date of initial enrollment in the Master’s program.

MSIST/MLIS Coordinated Degree Program

Students have the option of combining the MSIST degree with the Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) for a Coordinated Degree plan. Thirty hours will be required for the MLIS and 24 for the MSIST. SOIS reduces the MLIS by 6 credit hours of electives in consideration of another master’s degree. The requirements for the MSIST are its 8 core courses for 24 hours. In sum, for 54 credit hours a student can complete both the MLIS and MSIST degrees. Degrees will be awarded simultaneously.

Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes is a list of classes offered by term.

Courses

Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

Below are links to other programs offering courses approved for the M.S. in Information Science and Technology. Note: Of these courses, only those listed above or approved by the student's advisor can count toward the MSIST degree.