Information Science and Technology

Master's Degree

Information technology continues to transform every aspect of our economy and society. The rapid spread of technology has generated the need for highly trained professionals to implement and maintain information systems to support business success. Our master of science in information science and technology (MS IST) will teach you how to design, develop and apply information systems in organizations and businesses.

Research will be integrated into your classroom experience, with specially equipped labs and classrooms—including the Laboratory for Information Technology Evaluation—available to support research studies in areas such as human-computer interaction and enterprise resource planning.

You can choose to take your classes in-person on the Missouri S&T campus or online from anywhere in the country using our state-of-the-art virtual classrooms. Our online graduate degree programs are considered among the best in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. This degree program can be completed in 12 to 24 months if taken full-time, or in 24 to 36 months if taken part-time.

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

Degree curriculum

Our MS IST degree is available in two options—with and without a thesis. Both options require 30 credit hours of graduate coursework.

The MS degree with thesis has three components: core courses (12 credits)electives (12 credits) and research (6 credits).

The MS degree without thesis has two components: core courses (12 credits) and electives (18 credits).

The four required core courses are designed to ensure that all students study the four information systems perspectives of human perception, application implementation, organizational systems and network design.

In order to fulfill the MS IST electives, many students opt to complete a graduate certificate, which is a set of four courses selected to fit an emphasis area. This option allows you to give your master's degree a documented focus. You may also work with your advisor to develop a broad-focus degree to suit your own needs.

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