MS in Information
MS in Information Management at the iSchool
The MS in Information Management (IM) from the iSchool uses an interdisciplinary approach to learning and understanding information technology. Here at the Syracuse University iSchool, we believe that information management means using your unique professional and academic background to develop an approach to information systems that will benefit people and organizations alike.
Our curriculum combines humanities and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses to deliver a balanced education and prepare graduates for a wide range of positions in the information field. Our interdisciplinary philosophy means that students from any academic or professional background have the opportunity to thrive in our program.
Our faculty includes professors who are top researchers in their field, and professors of practice who bring a wealth of knowledge from practical experience in the field of IT. Graduates of our program have gone on to become consultants and analysts, work for technology giants and the U.S. Government, and work for exciting startup companies – or found their own.
What you will learn
As an IM student, you will learn how to collaborate and communicate as a IT professional, design and analyze solutions to IT problems, and improve business processes through IT implementation. Throughout your graduate studies, you will learn to approach challenges strategically, while making sure that technology solutions integrate with the goals of your organization.
Our IM degree program is 42 credits, and is typically completed within 2 years. The curriculum combines core classes with electives to give you a strong foundation along with the freedom to pursue the courses that interest you.
The 42 credits are distributed as follows:
- Primary Core – 10 credits
- Secondary Core – 15 credits
- Management Approaches and Strategies Track – 6 credits
- Technological Infrastructure Track – 6 credits
- User Information Needs Track – 3 credits
- Electives – 8 to 11 credits
- Can be used toward a CAS in Data Science, a CAS in Information Security Management, a Focus Area, or however you wish.
- Exit Requirement – 3 to 9 credits
- Capstone Course
As an IM student, you will graduate with a diverse set of skills that enables you to participate at all levels of information technology management. You will build the following foundational competencies.
Management of Technology
You will be able to integrate technical and solution development concepts with the principles of management, strategy, and financial analysis. You will be able to apply these concepts in the analysis of complex management case studies and problems. You will be able to analyze, compare, evaluate, and clearly articulate the relative value of IT investment alternatives.
Management of Solution Development
You will be able to employ your knowledge and comprehension of information-related disciplines in the development of information system solutions. These disciplines include systems analysis and design, project management, IT procurement, and user analysis. You will be able to apply these disciplines to the solution of organizational and business problems.
You will be able to describe operation and use of information and communication technologies, including database management systems, networks, operating systems, information security, and Internet technologies. You will be able to apply these technologies to solve information problems at the individual and organizational levels.
Organizational Context of IM
You will be able to articulate the environmental forces that affect the application of IT solutions. Such forces include demographic, social, economic, and ethical factors, as well as local, national, and international information policy and regulation.
Evolution of the IM Field
You will be able to use your knowledge of the history and current state of the management of information technology to create and evaluate plausible scenarios for the future evolution of technology and the field.
Professional Communication Skills
You will be able to demonstrate the application of principles, norms, and practices governing professional communication in their field through developing and delivering effective professional communications.
Leadership and Teamwork Development
You will be able to demonstrate the principles of leadership, followership, and effective collaboration in both co-located and virtual team contexts.
Information Literacy, Analysis, and Problem Solving
You will be able to find, organize, manage, evaluate, and use information resources effectively for the solution of professional problems.
Within the IM program, we offer focus areas: groups of classes that work together to give you an informal specialization. We offer focus areas in the subject areas below.
If you’d like a more in-depth look into a focus area with the latest information on the classes you can take, get in touch with us.
- Database Management
- Global Enterprise Technology
- Government Regulation and Policy
- Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
- Information Security
- IT Consultation
- IT in Social Enterprises and Smaller/Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
- Mobile/Wireless Technology
- Network Design and Administration
- Project Management
- Risk Management
- Social Media, Technology, and Society
- Structured Data Analytics and Visualization
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Textual Data Management and Analytics
Certificates of Advanced Study
Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS) give you the opportunity to specialize further in your graduate studies. You can incorporate CAS classes into your Information Management curriculum, which means you can graduate with a certified and highly marketable skill set without taking extra classes.
Learn the data lifecycle from beginning to end. With this CAS, you will learn to create, analyze, visualize, and archive data – and discover how data science is integral to every industry.
Syracuse University is known for its strong alumni network, and the iSchool is no exception. Graduates of the MS in Information Management program are in high demand because our curriculum incorporates hands-on, experiential learning along with the classroom learning environment.
Information Management alumni achieve consistently high placement rates, and are working all over the world. Whether you want to work in a big city or in your hometown, the MS in Information Management can help get you there.
Information Management Online
Online iSchool students have access to the same faculty and degree as our campus students - it’s just in a different delivery mode.
The online format of the program combines live weekly classes, multimedia coursework, and collaborative group learning exercises. The innovative learning technology platform helps students cultivate lifelong professional relationships and personally interact with a worldwide community of students and alumni—all while having the flexibility to continue working full time.
Courses are led by professors who bring a wealth of experience from the field directly to the classroom, helping students learn skills that are immediately applicable to their day-to-day work environments.
How to Apply
We offer admissions for fall and spring semesters.
Visit the Admissions page for information on application deadlines, tuition, and more.