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M.S. in Information Management at the iSchool
The M.S. 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 management 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.
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What you will learn
As an IM student, you will learn how to collaborate and communicate as an 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 – 9 credits
- Secondary Core – 12 credits
- Management Strategies and Users Track – 6 credits
- Technological Infrastructure Track – 6 credits
- Electives – 12 to 18 credits
- Graduate Immersion Milestone Event – non-credit, required
- This 2-to-3 day residency workshop presents emerging topics in the information studies field. Students must complete one residency workshop during the duration of their program of study. You can find more information by visiting the iSchool Seminar page.
- 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
Integrate technical and solution development concepts with the principles of management, strategy, and financial analysis; apply these concepts in the analysis of management case studies and problems; analyze, compare, evaluate, and clearly articulate the relative value of IT investment alternatives.
Management of Solution Development
Apply disciplines used in the development of information system solutions, to solve organizational and business problems.
Apply information and computing technologies to solve information problems at the individual and organizational levels.
Environmental Context of IM
Explain how demographic, social, economic and ethical factors, as well as local, national and international information policy and regulation affect Information Technology solutions.
Professional Communication Skills
Develop and deliver professional communications in the field.
Leadership and Teamwork Development
Demonstrate leadership, ethics, and effective collaboration skills.
Information Literacy, Analysis, and Problem-Solving
Find, organize, manage, evaluate, and use information resources critically and 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 (C.A.S.) give you the opportunity to specialize further in your graduate studies. You can incorporate C.A.S. classes into your Information Management curriculum, which means you can graduate with a certified and highly marketable skill set without taking extra classes.
Syracuse University is known for its strong alumni network, and the iSchool is no exception. Graduates of the M.S. 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 M.S. 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.
M.S. in Information Management for Executive-Status Students
The Master of Science in Information Management for Executive-Status Students at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) is a 30-credit version of our M.S. in Information Management degree for students with six or more years of appropriate full-time, professional experience in the information management field.
To be eligible for executive status, applicants must be strong candidates for leadership roles in the Information Management field, as demonstrated by six or more years of relevant experience and a record of continuingly increasing job responsibilities.
How to Apply
We offer admissions for fall and spring semesters.
Visit the Admissions page for information on application deadlines, tuition, and more.