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 2020–2021 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
- Design information systems, determine system requirements, understand modeling, make decisions, and develop and implement proposals
- Write system and software requirements, formal specification analyses, formal description reasoning, models of "standard" paradigms, and translation into formal notations
- Manage emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, BYOD, and virtualization
- Write successful website development plans
- Design for the web using Java and CGI scripts as well as usability best practices
- Develop web benchmarks, standards for representing common media formats, compression algorithms, file format translation tools, and hardware requirements and standards
- Ensure and manage information security, including risk and vulnerability analysis, security planning, and security architecture
- Apply legal, ethical, and privacy considerations to information assurance decisions
- Master techniques for relational database design, query optimization, concurrency control, recovery, and integrity
- Use a suite of development software, including rapid application development and agile development, Scrum, extreme programming, Evolutionary Project Management, lean software development, test-driven development, feature-driven development, Crystal solutions, Rational Unified Process, and other Unified Process methods
- Apply management practices related to the acquisition of IT systems, components, and services, including enterprise strategic planning, financial planning and budgeting, and integration
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.
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