The informatics specialization gives you a strong foundation in all major categories of IT management, so you can take your career in any direction you choose. Develop advanced skills in networking, security, software development, databases, web design, and IT acquisitions to become a valuable asset to any industry.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
About the Information Technology Master's Degree with Informatics Specialization
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Prepare a plan for managing a software project on time and within budget, solving conflicts as they arise
- Implement relational databases, applying techniques such as query optimization
- Create a software requirement document that is aligned with current industry standards and practices
- Formulate information security measures by performing risk assessments and other approaches
- Evaluate an acquisition strategy for IT systems, components, and/or services, to determine if it meets an organization’s strategic, fiscal, and technical objectives
- Build dynamic websites that contain a variety of media and interactive components
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Build a website that contains at least five different media/interactive components, including at least one video component adapted for a smart phone
- Execute an individual project based on templates and models related to the CMMI Acquisition Module from Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute
Information Technology Master's Degree with Informatics Specialization Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
Master's - specialization Courses
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- ITEC 610
- ITEC 625
- ITEC 626
- ITEC 630
- ITEC 640
- SWEN 603
- DBST 651
- SWEN 645
- INFA 610
- IMAT 637
- IMAT 639
- IMAT 670
Course Rules and Program Progression
- ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.
- You must complete 6 credits of core coursework before taking the first specialization course.
- Currently, IMAT 670 is not available during the summer term.
- You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
- All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
- Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.
Recommended Course Sequence
This is our recommended course sequence to progress through this program. This sequence incorporates course prerequisites and program requirements but does not list course alternatives that may be available. We recommend you take a maximum of 6 credits per term. You cannot take a prerequisite with its subsequent course during the same session. Your plan will be unique and dependent on multiple factors, including the number of credits you transfer to this program.
Contact an advisor if you any questions about this plan, course alternatives, or your course load limit.
This program is designed to help prepare you for work in all major areas of IT management, including networking, security, software development, databases, web design, and IT acquisitions.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Type: Student organization
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
The Computing Club aims to create a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Chief information officer
- Systems analyst
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of Transportation
Associate Professor of Informatics
Program Chair, Information Systems Management
Collegiate Associate Professor
Associate Vice Dean of Information and Technology Systems
Program Chair of Informatics and Information Systems and Services