About

Master of Science in Information Science & Technology

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 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.

The program will accept students with varying levels of technical expertise starting Spring 2017. If you would like to learn more, please complete our information request form and an academic advisor will contact you.

BSIST graduates starting the MSIST program may apply for a limited number of teaching assistant (TA) positions. If you are interested in being considered for one of these TA positions for Fall 2017 please visit the MSIST TA Application>>

Curriculum

MSIST Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

The minimum degree requirement is 36 graduate credits, including eight, three credit core courses and 12 credits of electives.

Core Courses

  • INFOST 547 User-Centered Interaction Design
  • INFOST 582 Introduction to Data Science
  • INFOST 583 Survey of Information Security
  • INFOST 584 Survey of Web and Mobile Development
  • INFOST 790 Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (Capstone)
  • COMPST 701 Mathematical and Computing Fundamentals
  • COMPST 702 Software Development in Python
  • COMPST 703 Software Engineering Principles

Note: Students should complete COMPST 701 and COMPST 702 or equivalents before taking CS electives.

The complete list of SOIS courses can be found on the graduate school website.

Electives

Twelve credits of electives from one of the following transcript designated tracks

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
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
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 ADM 817 Infrastructure for Information Systems
  • COMPSCI 469 Introduction to Computer Security
  • COMPSCI 520 Computer Networks
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 774 Online Information Retrieval
  • INFOST 780 XML for Libraries
  • INFOST 783 Information Storage and 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 644 Data and Text Mining
  • HCA 760 Biomedical and Healthcare Ontology and Controlled Terminology I
  • HCA 643 Health Data Analytics
Generalist Track

Twelve credit hours selected with the faculty mentor’s guidance.

Minimum Grade Requirement

The minimum grade requirement for each of the core courses is “B”. If an MSIST student fails to meet this requirement, she/he is required to retake that core course. Students have only one chance to retake a failed core course. Students are responsible for the tuition of the retaken course. If a student fails to meet the minimum core course requirement, she/he cannot take another course in which that core course is a prerequisite until the requirement is met. A student who fails to receive a “B” or higher after retaking a core course will be recommended to the Graduate School for academic dismissal. (Effective: Fall 2004)

Program Completion Time Frame

Thirty-six credit hour program must be completed within seven years of initial enrollment.

MSIST Program Resources

MSIST Advising & Mentoring

Students considering enrolling in the MSIST program are encouraged to meet with one of the School’s Graduate Academic Advisors to discuss their questions and concerns. Once accepted by the School of Information Studies, students are expected to work closely with their advisors and their assigned faculty mentor to tailor a program that best suits their interests and career goals.

Faculty Mentors
At the time of admission to the master’s degree program, a faculty mentor will be assigned to each student. The letter of admission to the master’s degree program includes the name and contact information of the faculty mentor and an invitation to consult with him or her.

A faculty mentor can help the student choose appropriate courses and works with the student to plan a program of study, concentrating on courses that will strengthen the individual’s career goals.

Students registering for their first semester in the program

An exception is made in the case of incoming students registering for their first semester in the program. If they are not able to see their assigned faculty mentor before beginning the program, the graduate academic advisor will act as interim mentor for the first semester only.

Changing faculty mentors

Students are free to change faculty mentors if they find another faculty member more closely matches their area of interest. Normally a student first asks the faculty member if he/she is willing to serve as their faculty mentor. Once agreed, the student should contact the SOIS Student Services Coordinator to record the change.

MSIST Academic Policies & Procedures

Federal law and UWM policies mandate that programs and departments have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. The purpose of this page is to serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals, academic misconduct appeal hearings, and requests for exceptions to SOIS policies.

Graduate Grievance/Grade Appeal Procedure
Informal Resolution of Grievance/Grade Appeal

The instructor of record for a course has responsibility for evaluating student work in the class and assigning grades. Instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) also may interact with students in the classroom or in the advising process. On certain occasions, students may experience actions on the part of an instructor or TA assigned to the course that cause the student to consider filing a grievance or grade appeal. In that case, the student must first seek informal resolution by discussing it with the instructor. Many such situations arise as the result of misunderstanding or incomplete information. The majority of situations in which students consider taking a formal action are resolved informally.

If the situation involves a teaching assistant, the student first should discuss the situation with the TA. If the situation is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student should discuss the matter with the supervising instructor for the course.

If the difficulty cannot be resolved informally, the student has thirty (30) working days from the date of the instructor’s action to initiate a formal appeal as indicated below. Therefore, efforts to reach an informal resolution should be initiated as soon as possible.

Formal Grievance/Grade Appeal Procedure

Step 1

Within thirty (30) working days from the date of the action prompting the appeal or grievance, the student may file with the Associate Dean or PhD Program Director as appropriate or his/her designee a written statement of appeal. The statement should describe relevant facts surrounding the appeal/grievance and identify actions that will resolve the problem to the student’s satisfaction. In response to this statement, the Associate Dean, Program Director or designee will meet jointly or individually with all parties in an effort to resolve the problem and will prepare a written “mediation report” of the results of his/her mediation efforts. The meeting may be in person or by telephone or other appropriate interactive medium. The report will be given to both the student and the instructor, and both the statement of appeal and the mediation report will be retained in the School’s files.

If a proposed resolution is agreeable, the student will be asked to indicate formally that the matter is resolved.

If the proposed resolution is not acceptable to either the student or the instructor, or if no resolution has been proposed, then the process continues to Step 2.

Step 2

If the situation is not resolved in the Step 1 process, the student or the instructor may request, within ten (10) working days of receiving a copy of the written mediation report, that the Associate Dean, Program Director or designee send the appeal/grievance to the SOIS Student Grievance and Appeals Committee (SGAC). The SGAC will gather and consider all information it deems appropriate, afford the student and the instructor an opportunity to present their cases, and recommend a course of action in its own report. The report will be given to both the student and the instructor, and a copy will be retained in the School’s files.

If a proposed resolution is agreeable, the student and instructor will be asked to indicate formally that the matter is resolved.

If the proposed resolution is not acceptable to either the student or the instructor, or if no resolution has been proposed, then the process continues to Step 3. Both the student and the instructor will be informed that the decision arising from Step 3 is final.

Step 3

If the situation is not resolved in the Step 2 process, the student or the instructor may request, within ten (10) working days of receiving a copy of the written report from the SGAC, that the appeal/grievance be referred to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. The Associate Dean will review all documents, independently consider all information s/he deems appropriate, afford the student and the instructor an opportunity to present their cases, and decide on a course of action.

Following evaluation at this level, the decision of the Dean of the Graduate School is final.

Failure by the student or the instructor to meet any of the prescribed deadlines for an appeal to the next step terminates the appeal procedure.

UWM Graduate Academic Appeals and Exceptions: http://uwm.edu/graduateschool/appeals-exceptions/

Contact: Associate Dean Laretta Henderson

MSIST Course Exemptions
Exemption from some of the core courses required for the Master’s Degree on the basis of previous course work is considered at the time of admission. Students who intend to seek such exemptions should submit, at the time of application to the School of Information Studies, the “Course Exemption Request Form”. If the course exemption is not granted, students may appeal the decision to the Dean.

Exemption from core courses is automatic if the courses were taken for graduate credit at the UWM School of Information Studies within the last seven years with a grade of B or better. Courses taken at other institutions must have been completed within the three years prior to a student’s request for course exemption. Such exemptions will not result in any reduction of the number of hours required for the Master’s Degree of Science of Information Science and Technology, but they may prevent unnecessary repetition of course experiences.


Course Exemption Request Form (pdf)

Please send the Course Exemption Request form to:
University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee
School of Information Studies
Attention: Assistant Dean
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

MSIST Transfer of Credit
All transfer of credits is governed by the Graduate School regulations. (See UWM Graduate Academic Policies & Procedures for details.) In general, these regulations require that:

  • No more than 12 graduate credits may be transferred into a 30-credit UWM Master’s degree program and no more than 14 may be transferred into a 36-credit program.
  • All 12 or 14 credits transferred may be in the field of library and information science; however, a maximum of 6 graduate credits not in library and information science but within an approved allied area may be transferred at the time of admission.
  • After admission to the program, and in special circumstances, up to 6 graduate credits may be earned at other institutions and transferred for credit. Students must obtain approval from their faculty mentor for such transfers before enrolling in such courses. These 6 graduate credits are considered as part of the maximum 12 or 14 credits that may be transferred.
  • All courses considered for transfer must have been taken no more than 5 years before admission to the Master’s program at UWM.
  • A grade of “B” or higher must have been earned in each course.
  • Credits applied toward another graduate degree are not transferable except for already established coordinated Master’s degree programs.
  • Requests to the Graduate School for transfer of previous credits must be made at the time of application for admission. Students must obtain written approval of the transfer within one semester of admission.
  • Both SOIS and the Graduate School must approve the transfer of credits.

Application for transfer of previous credits must be made during the first semester in the program. The Transfer Credit Evaluation Form is available from the Graduate School, SOIS and online at: http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/forms-and-downloads/students/transfer-credit-evaulation-form.pdf The completed form is to be returned to the Graduate School.


Graduate Transfer of Credit Form

Please send the completed forms including transcripts of any non-UWM work to be evaluated to:
UWM Graduate School
Graduate Student Services
PO Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

MSIST Grade Maintenance
Semester’s End Procedure

A student whose cumulative graduate grade point average in the MLIS program falls below 3.0 will receive an academic warning and will require a “Graduate Dean’s OK to Continue”. See the Graduate School Academic Policies & Procedures for details.

Students discontinued from the program may appeal this decision by following the standard SOIS academic appeals procedure. Graduate Grievance/Grade Appeal Procedure>>

Careers

MSIST Job Titles & Employers

 

MSIST Careers – Median National Salary Ranges

Occupation 2015 Median Compensation
Computer and Information Research Scientists $110, 620
Computer Network Architects $100,240
Computer Systems Analysts $85,800
Database Administrators $81,710
Information Security Analysts $90,120
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $77, 810
Software Developers $100,690
Web Developers $64,970
Usability Designer/Researcher $78,075
From: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm

career_resourcesCareer Resources

SOIS offers a variety of career resources to help students prepare for success after graduation. Our dedicated career services advisor provides networking opportunities as well as resume, cover letter and interview preparation resources.It’s never too early to start preparing for your dream job!
Visit our Career Resources Page for more information>>

Admission

Master’s Degree Admission (MSIST)

The admission process for the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology program is the same whether you are a full-time, part-time, on-site or online (including blended/hybrid) student. An applicant must meet all UWM Graduate School and School of Information Studies admission requirements to be considered for the MSIST program.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Qualifications for all Applicants

Minimum qualifications of the UWM Graduate School.
A baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent as determined by the UWM Center on International Education, from a regionally accredited institution, completed before the first term of enrollment in the Graduate School. Students applying to approved integrated bachelor’s/master’s programs are exempt from this requirement.


Proficiency in the English language.


A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent measure on a grading system that does not use a 4.0 scale. Those whose undergraduate GPA is below 2.75 must provide evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study through at least one of the following:

  • GPA of at least 3.0 during the last two years of the baccalaureate program (calculated on a minimum of 48 credits).
  • Completion of six or more credits of program-approved post-baccalaureate courses. These courses must be at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level, taken with the last five years with a grade of B or better (B- is not acceptable).
  • Submission of official score reports from the Graduate Record Examination, the Graduate Management Admission Test, or the Miller Analogies Test that indicate competencies in areas related to the proposed graduate program. To be considered official, these scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to UWM, and must be received prior to admission.
  • Scores on tests developed by the proposed graduate program that demonstrate potential for success in that program. These scores must be submitted prior to admission.
  • Evidence of professional certification or licensure in a relevant area as determined by the proposed program and the Assistant Dean of Graduate Education.
  • A graduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Prospective students should consult with the graduate program representative to determine which type of evidence is appropriate and sufficient for a given program. Completion of additional coursework and/or submission of test scores, or other types of evidence of ability is a requirement to be considered for admission, but is not a guarantee of admission.

All of an applicant’s undergraduate coursework completed before the awarding of the first undergraduate degree is included in the GPA computation. For courses that were repeated for credit, each attempt is included.


Satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants whose overall GPA as calculated by the UWM Graduate School is at least 3.0 or who possess a graduate degree are exempted from this requirement.

GRE Test Information: http://www.takethegre.com/
Institution Code =1473 UNIV WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE
Department Code = 4701 LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE
 MAT Test Information: www.MillerAnalogies.com

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International Student Admission
International applicants should follow the MSIST admission/application procedure as well as the UWM Center for International Education (CIE) admission requirements found at: http://uwm.edu/cie/international-admissions/ 

English Proficiency
Students must meet the University’s English Proficiency Requirement. International students whose command of the English language is not sufficient for beginning graduate study in SOIS may be able to take advantage of UWM’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. ESL can be a full-time program preceding MLIS studies, or it can be a part-time program during the first semester of the Master’s program in Library and Information Science.

Non-Degree Candidate (NDC) Admission
This admission category (also referred to as Graduate Special) is used for the following:

  • To enroll in classes without pursuing a degree.
  • To prove your ability for success in graduate school when your overall GPA falls below the University admission requirements. (Note: NDC status does not guarantee admission to or enrollment in a graduate degree program).

It is possible to take graduate level credits as a NDC prior to admission to the MSIST program and have them count toward the degree. The limit to the number of such credits is 12. These credits must be approved by the UWM Graduate School and SOIS in order to be counted toward the degree.

For complete details on Non-Degree Candidate (NDC) Admission, please visit the : UWM Graduate School website: http://uwm.edu/graduateschool/non-degree-admission/

How Do I Apply?

To be admitted, you must apply to the UWM Graduate School

Apply to the UWM Graduate School
  • UWM Graduate School Online Application
    Upon submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from the university, explaining how to check the status of your application on our PAWS online student information system.
  • GRE or MAT (if applicable)
  • One copy of transcripts (directly from each institution you attended). Send electronically gradschool-staff@uwm.edu or mail to the PO Box listed below.
  • Resume
  • Application processing fees
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School
    Attn: Admission Coordinator
    P.O Box 340
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

What happens next?

After you have submitted all required application materials to the UWM Graduate School, the application is reviewed and you will receive an admission recommendation letter from SOIS and a notification letter of the final admission decision by the Graduate School.