Pathways

Data science and analytics

Data is ubiquitous. Global industry depends on professionals who can manage, clean, and interpret data to make decisions, assess services, and ultimately operate an improved organization. MS/IM students are prepared to be instrumental contributors to organizational success through strong theoretical and technical understanding of data in society and within organizations.
Sample Job Titles: Natural Language Processing Research Scientist; Quantitative Research Analyst; Product Manager; Solutions Architect; Business Intelligence Data Analytics Specialist; Artificial Intelligence Project Manager; Big Data Infrastructure Administrator
Sample Courses:
IS 456 Information Storage and Retrieval
IS 559 Network Analysis
IS 490DB Introduction to Databases
IS 531 Foundations of Data Curation
IS 532 Theory and Practice of Data Cleaning
IS 590BA Business Analytics
IS 590DST Data Science Storytelling
IS590DT Data Mining
IS 590DV Data Visualization
IS 590IN Internet of Things and Applications for Business
IS 590MT Informetrics

Privacy, trust, security, and ethics

Organizations rely on the access and use of private and sensitive electronic and networked information. Information professionals develop mechanisms and infrastructures that take into account best practices for consumer privacy and ethical industry standards in order to build and maintain secure systems that lead to effective information management.
Sample Job Titles: Security Outreach Coordinator; Security Engineer
Sample Courses:
IS 462 Information Assurance
IS 490EG E-Government
IS 490IS Fundamentals of Information Security
IS 534 Data Policy Seminar
IS 549 Economics of Information
IS 559 Network Analysis
IS 590ET Information Ethics
IS 590IP Information Policy
IS 590PV Privacy in the Internet Age
IS 590SF Social Computing

Information architecture and design

Every organization has a website, app, or other electronic representation of their mission, impact, services, and access points. Information architects build interfaces and organize content that relay and transmit this information effectively. MS/IM students are prepared to address challenges of information interaction with expertise in theories of information organization and design paired with the technical ability to implement complex interactive solutions.
Sample Job Titles: User Experience Researcher; Taxonomist; Information Architect; Product Designer; Product Manager; Social Media Manager; Senior SEO Analyst
Sample Courses:
IS 453 Systems Analysis and Management
IS 490DB Introduction to Databases
IS 490GI Geographic Information Systems
IS 490IT Entrepreneurial IT Design
IS 555 Usability Engineering
IS 560 Digital Libraries
IS 590DM Document Modeling
IS 590DP Document Processing
IS 590DV Data Visualization
IS 590OD Ontology Development

Knowledge management and information consulting

The modern globalized workplace relies on fast, accurate information. Knowledge managers collect, organize, and interpret data on which major strategic decisions are based. Businesses and other organizations also rely on systems to store valuable information that are used by employees to make integral contributions. In order to provide this information support and system management, MS students learn to analyze and represent information and how to customize and efficiently utilize systems that manage critical organizational information.
Sample Job Titles: Business Intelligence Analyst I; Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Business Information Analyst; Competitive Analysis Supervisor; Lead of Global Knowledge Services; Change Management Coordinator; Strategic Market Intelligence Analyst; Director of Research and Competitive Intelligence
Sample Courses:
IS 453 Systems Analysis and Management
IS 490EG E-Government
IS 403 Use and Users of Information
IS 525 Government Information
IS 538 Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management
IS 539 Information Consulting
IS 540 Applied Business Research
IS 562 Metadata in Theory and Practice
IS 590DW Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
IS 590CM Change Management