Graduate Degree

Information Science and Technology

Our master of science in information science and technology will teach you how to design, develop and apply information systems in organizations and businesses.

The research will be integrated into your classroom experience, with specially equipped labs and classrooms—like our Laboratory for Information Technology and Evaluation (LITE)—available to support research studies like human-computer interaction and enterprise resource planning. A number of computing languages and special-purpose software will be at your disposal, as will the most advanced and high-end technology in information systems research, including our department's EEG headsets, Leap Motion Controller, Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Tobii eye trackers.

Speaking of distance learning, our online IST masters degree is considered one of the best in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. As a student in the program, you can choose to interact directly with your professors and fellow classmates during a lecture or view materials at a later time to fit your schedule.

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S&T is one of only 5% of business schools in the world to meet this high-quality standard.

Degree assistance

Our masters in IST is available in two options—with and without a thesis.

  • The thesis track requires the completion of 24 hours of graduate course work (5000-level or above), six hours of research and the successful completion and defense of a research thesis. 
  • The non-thesis track requires the completion of 30 hours of graduate course work (5000-level and above). Courses below the 5000-level will not count toward your degree, even if they are taken to fulfill prerequisites. 
  • IS&T 5251 Technological Innovation Management and Leadership
  • IS&T 5885 Human-Computer Interaction
  • IS&T 6261 Advanced Information Systems Project Management
  • IS&T 6336 Foundations of Internet Computing

The department of business and information technology offers a variety of graduate certificates. Each certificate program consists of four courses and is open to persons holding a bachelor's, master's or Ph.D. degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines who have the required pre-requisites for the courses in the program. A student must maintain an average cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses in order to receive the graduate certificate.

For more information, visit our Graduate Certificates page

Earn your Master IST in one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This program offers the opportunity to complete a portion of the M.S. IST coursework during your last year of undergraduate courses.

Master IST 4+1 program(PDF)

For more information, check out the university catalog:

Admissions Details

  • Transcript: An official transcript sent from all undergraduate and any graduate institutions.
  • GRE: Standardized test scores (S&T's GRE Test Center code is 6876).
  • Recommendations: A total of three (3) letters must be received. Provide contact information for recommenders.
  • Resume: You have the option to upload supplemental video and print materials such as resume, curriculum vitae, presentations, posters and/or papers.
  • Fee: Nonrefundable application fee of $55 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents or $75 for international applicants. 
  • Application deadlines
  • Submit all materials to online by the application deadlines.

*The admission process and requirements may differ depending on the type of student you are.

Entrance Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0/4.0 or better
  • GRE: Verbal score 144 or better, Quantitative score 148 or better, Analytical Writing score: 3.5 or better
  • TOEFL(IBT) score:  88 or better (if English is not the candidate’s natural language)
  • IELTS score: 6.5 or better(interchangeable with TOEFL)

Prerequisites knowledge for IST

  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Information Systems
  • Algorithms & Programming
  • Programming with Data Structures
  • Database Management Systems
  • Computer Internals and Operating Systems

Graduate Funding Opportunities

At Missouri S&T we value our graduate students. In our commitment to your education, we've put together several funding opportunities to help make your degree an excellent return on investment. Take a look at what we have to offer.

Contact Us

We are happy to answer any question you may have.
Yu-Hsien Chiu

Council of graduate coordinators

Tracy Cui Zou

Council of graduate staff