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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:

  • 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

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

The Master of Science in Information Science and Technology (MSIST) program is currently offered primarily online.  Due to the online course offerings, students are not able to meet J1 or F1 visa requirements for study in the US. 

Curriculum

MSIST Degree Requirements

Credits and Courses

The program requires 36 graduate-level credits, including 15 credits of required coursework, competency requirement and either 18 or 21 credits of elective credit depending on whether competency is demonstrated through coursework or examination.

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 Web Design I
  • 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).

Core Courses

Core Courses

  • INFOST 582 Introduction to Data Science
  • INFOST 583 Survey of Information Security
  • COMPST 701 Computing Fundamentals for IT Professionals
  • COMPST 703 Software Development Life Cycle

Programming proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following with a “C” or better (0-3cr):

  • INFOST 350 Introduction to Application Development
  • COMPST 702 Software Development in Python
  • HCA 741 Essential Programming for Health Informatics

Programming Competency Examination

Culminating Course

  • INFOST 790 Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

Electives

18-21 credits from any INFOST course offerings or from any of the Tracks listed below. Number of credits is dependent on whether programming competency is demonstrated through coursework or examination.

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

Electives

Select 18 or 21 credits of elective credits depending on whether programming competency is demonstrated through coursework or examination. Electives can be used toward Tracks.

Elective Courses

For a complete list of elective courses for the Master of Science in Information Science & Technology, please visit the UWM Graduate School Catalog.

https://catalog.uwm.edu/information-studies/information-science-technology-ms/#requirementstext

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

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

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

Note: The first step towards resolution in any grievance or grade appeal is for the student to attempt to meet or contact the faculty member or instructor to resolve informally. This has to be done before considering further steps.

Any student in a SOIS course wishing to appeal a grade, or having a grievance, who have not succeeded to address the matter in step one, should contact the chair of the SGAC (The Student Grievance and Appeals Committee) for step two. The chair will then share the complaint with the SGAC committee. This can be done in person or by sending an email to sois-sgac@uwm.edu.

The process then proceeds as follows: The immediate focus is to activate the appropriate process(es).

  1. Discrimination. Discriminatory behavior is prohibited by UWM’s Discriminatory Conduct Policy (see https://uwm.edu/hr/code-of-conduct/) and inconsistent with the SOIS Statement on Diversity. As such, SOIS takes all charges and complaints of discrimination very seriously. If any individual alleges an act of discrimination, the SGAC will report the matter to the Executive Committee and refer the matter to the EDS office (Office of Equity and Diversity Services). The SGAC will also notify the Doctoral Program Committee if the instructor is a doctoral student. The individual will also be encouraged to contact EDS directly. EDS will investigate whether discrimination took place and will, when appropriate, work with the department on implementing interim measures to prevent further incidents.
  2. Accommodations. If a student has received a VISA (Verified Individual Services and Accommodations) from the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), the student should provide a physical or electronic copy of the VISA to the instructor. It is expected that the instructor will send the student an email acknowledgement stipulating how this accommodation request will be met. Such an email response will promote mutual understanding and clarify the details of the accommodation. If a student complains that the VISA accommodation has not been met, an SGAC member will reach out to ARC and the instructor and attempt to rectify the situation. If the instructor is unwilling to comply with accommodation, the matter will be treated as a behavioral issue (see below).
  3. Behavioral Issues. Based on the University Code of Conduct (see https://uwm.edu/hr/code-of-conduct/) the following steps will be taken when a complaint is made regarding an instructor’s behavior (including teaching conduct and course management issues): The SGAC will inform the SOIS Executive Committee (EC) of the complaint. The SGAC will also notify the Doctoral Program Committee if the instructor is a doctoral student. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the EC will determine whether (i) the issue can be discussed and resolved with the instructor, or (ii) the issue requires a formal investigation. In the event of a formal investigation, the EC will determine the scope of the investigation and collaborate with the Dean in effecting the process. This may include putting safeguards in place to prevent further issues from arising during the investigation. Any resolution reached by the EC (regardless of the nature of the complaint) shall be noted in the department’s personnel “working file.” If a situation appears to warrant discipline, the EC or the Dean may refer the matter to the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee (FRRC).
  4. 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,
    1. (STEP 1) the student must first seek informal resolution by discussing the objection with the instructor. Many such situations arise as the result of misunderstanding or incomplete information, and 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. Efforts to reach an informal resolution should be initiated as soon as possible in light of the Step 2 deadlines set forth below.
    2. (STEP 2) If the difficulty cannot be resolved informally, the student may initiate a formal appeal. To do so, the student must, within thirty (30) business days from the date of the action prompting the appeal or grievance, file a written statement of appeal with the chair of the SGAC or his/her designee. The statement should describe relevant facts surrounding the appeal and identify actions that will resolve the problem to the student’s satisfaction.
    3. (STEP 3) In response to this statement, the SGAC Chair or designee will meet jointly or individually with the student and the instructor (including both the TA and the supervising instructor, if applicable) in an effort to resolve the problem and will prepare a written “mediation report” of the results of these mediation efforts. The meetings may be in person, by telephone, or any other appropriate interactive medium. The report will be given to both the student and the instructor(s), 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.
    4. (STEP 4) If the proposed resolution is not acceptable to either the student or the instructor(s), or if no resolution has been proposed, then the process may continue to Step 4 through the following procedure: Either the student or the instructor(s) may request, within ten (10) working days of receiving a copy of the written mediation report, that the SGAC chair or designee take the appeal for a formal hearing by the SGAC. In such event, the SGAC will gather and consider all information it deems relevant and appropriate, afford the student and the instructor an opportunity to 20 present their cases, and produce a report recommending a course of action. The report will be given to both the student and the instructor(s), and a copy will be retained in the School’s files. If a proposed resolution is agreeable, the student and instructor(s) will be asked to indicate formally that the matter is resolved.
    5. (STEP 5) If the proposed resolution set forth in Step 4 is not acceptable to either the student or the instructor(s), or if no resolution has been proposed, then the process may continue to Step 5 through the following procedure: The student or the instructor(s) 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 SOIS’s Associate Dean for undergraduate students, and to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School for graduate students . If such a request is made, both the student and the instructor(s) will be informed that the decision arising from Step 5is final. The designated Associate Dean will review all documents utilized during the previous steps, as well as any other materials he/she deems relevant and appropriate. The Associate Dean will independently consider this information, afford the student and the instructor(s) an opportunity to present their cases, and decide on a course of action. Following evaluation at this level, the decision of the Associate Dean is final.

Failure by the student or 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: https://uwm.edu/graduateschool/appeals-exceptions/

Contact: sois-advisors@uwm.edu

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 information science or related discipline.
  • 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.

The Master of Science in Information Science and Technology (MSIST) program is currently offered primarily online.  Due to the online course offerings, students are not able to meet J1 or F1 visa requirements for study in the US.

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

A Resume

International Student Admission
The Master of Science in Information Science and Technology (MSIST) program is currently offered primarily online.  Due to the online course offerings, students are not able to meet J1 or F1 visa requirements for study in the US.

Online International applicants should follow the MSIST admission/application procedure as well as the UWM Center for International Education (CIE) admission requirements found at: https://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: https://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.