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Information Sciences and Technologies MS

Pete Lutz, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-6162, Peter.Lutz@rit.edu

http://www.ist.rit.edu/

Program overview

The Internet has brought a new kind of democracy where all information is created equal. No longer the sole province of experts and the traditional media, it has become grassroots, viral, and global. The sheer volume and lightning speed of information transfer has changed how the world communicates, educates, learns, and ultimately solves problems. As the Web and its related technologies evolve, users will need help in managing these new tools.

Graduate study in a computing discipline that only focuses on traditional computing approaches is not flexible enough to meet the needs of the real world. New hardware and software tools are continually introduced into the market. IT professionals must have a specific area of expertise as well as be adaptable and ready to tackle to the next new thing—or just as often, retrofit available technologies to help their users adapt to the latest trends. The MS in information sciences and technologies provides an opportunity for in-depth study to prepare for today’s high-demand computing careers. Companies are drowning in data—structured, semi-structured, and unstructured. Big data is not just high transaction volumes; it is also data in various formats, with high velocity change, and increasing complexity. Information is gleaned from unstructured sources—such as Web traffic or social networks—as well as traditional ones; and information delivery must be immediate and on demand.

As the users' advocate, IT professionals also need the critical thinking skills to problem-solve in a wide variety of computing situations, combined with an understanding of the needs of their audience. Just knowing how technology works is no longer enough. Today, computing professionals need to know how to make it all work.

The information sciences and technologies program addresses the Web systems and integration technologies, and the information management and database technology pillars, of the IT academic discipline, along with the additional option of discovery informatics. A special topics option is available to support the creation of a customized area of study. The program is offered full- or part-time, on-campus only. 

Curriculum

The program consists of 30 semester credit hours of graduate study and includes four core courses, four or five track or domain electives (depending upon capstone option chosen), and either a capstone experience, thesis, or project.

Track or domain electives

Students choose track or domain electives from the following tracks. With permission of the graduate program director, students may select the special topics track to fulfill the track or domain electives requirement. See the graduate program director for more information.

Course
Analytics
ISTE-724 Data Warehousing
ISTE-771 XML Programming
ISTE-780 Data-driven Knowlegde Discovery
ISTE-782 Visual Analytics
PSYC-640 Graduate Statistics
Information Manangement and Database Technology
ISTE-721 Information Assurance Fundamentals
ISTE-722 Database Connectivity and Access
ISTE-724 Data Warehousing
ISTE-726 Database Management and Access
ISTE-728 Database Performance and Tuning
Web Systems and Integration Technologies
ISTE-721 Information Assurance Fundamentals
ISTE-750 Internet Middleware Design anf Implementation
ISTE-754 Client Design and Development
ISTE-756 Server Design and Development
ISTE-771 XML Programming

Capstone options

Students may choose between a course-based capstone, a thesis, or a project that builds upon their domain study. The course-based capstone option is 3 semester credit hours. Students who choose this option are required to complete one additional track or domain elective. The thesis and project capstone options are both 6 semester credit hours.

Information sciences and technologies (capstone experience option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISTE-605 Scholarship in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
ISTE-610 Knowledge Representation Technologies 3
ISTE-612 Knowledge Processing Technologies 3
ITSE-600 Analytical Thinking 3
  Track or Domain Electives 12
Second Year
  Track Elective 3
ISTE-795 Capstone in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Information sciences and technologies (thesis or project options), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISTE-605 Scholarship in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
ISTE-610 Knowledge Representation Technologies 3
ISTE-612 Knowledge Processing Technologies 3
ISTE-600 Analytical Thinking 3
  Track or Domain Electives 9
Choose one of the following: 3
   ISTE-790    Thesis in Information Sciences and Technologies  
   ISTE-791    Project in Information Sciences and Technologies  
Second Year
  Track Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ITSE-790    Thesis in Information Sciences and Technologies  
   ISTE-791    Project in Information Sciences and Technologies  
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in information sciences and technologies, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) for all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a resume,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required. Applicants with a lower TOEFL score may be admitted conditionally and will be required to complete a prescribed program in English, along with a reduced program course load.

Applicants from foreign universities must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Scores from the GRE are strongly recommended for applicants whose undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.

Additional information

Prerequisites

It is expected that prospective students will have a background in fundamental information technology concepts including object-oriented programming, website development, database theory and practice, and statistics. Students without the necessary background should complete the prerequisites before applying to the program. However, bridge courses are available to satisfy the prerequisites.

Bridge program

Students whose undergraduate preparation or employment experience does not satisfy the prerequisites can make up these deficiencies by completing prerequisite bridge courses as prescribed by the graduate program director. The bridge courses are not part of the 30 semester credit hours required for the master’s degree. Grades for bridge courses are not included in a student’s GPA if the courses are taken before matriculation; they are included if completed after matriculation. Since bridge programs can be designed in a variety of ways, the graduate program director will assist students in planning and course selection.

Maximum time limit

University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The master of science degree in information technology is a unique and flexible program that allows students to craft their own program of study within the broad range of the IT computing discipline. Students build upon a core requirement that investigates current information technology directions and opportunities. The specialty areas include website design and interactive multimedia development, application development, usability and interface design, database theory and practice, software project management, eLearning technologies, and computer networking. In addition, students have the option of choosing courses from among the wide variety of fields offered within RIT, such as computer animation and computer graphics, telecommunications technology, and business.

Curriculum

The program consists of 48 quarter credit hours of graduate study, and includes one core course, concentrations, an elective, and a capstone experience. Some of the courses are offered online. Please consult the course descriptions for more information on availability and prerequisites.

Concentrations

Concentrations are availbale in the following areas: Web development, XML data management, multimedia application development, human-computer interaction, media and interaction, application development, eLearning technologies, project management, databases and data management, bioinformatics, networking, systems administration, and system survivability. With the permission of the graduate program director, students complete one concentration (a maximum of 12 graduate credits) from another department at RIT. Some of the available concentrations areas are: technology management, information systems, eCommerce, telecommunications technology, automated manufacturing, and computer graphics. Students can use the special topics option to design a concentration with approval from the graduate program director.

Electives

Electives are typically chosen from courses in information technology. However, with prior approval, graduate courses from other departments such as computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or business may also be appropriate.

Capstone experience

A master’s project or thesis that builds upon the student’s concentration areas is required. Students register for either 4 or 8 quarter credits for the capstone experience, depending on the depth and scope of their investigations.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Program title change
Effective fall 2013, the program in information technology will be renamed information sciences and technologies. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

Information technology (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
4002-718 Current Themes in Information Technology 4
  Concentration 1 20-24
  Concentration 2 12-16
  Technical Elective 4
4002-898 Project 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

Information technology (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
4002-718 Current Themes in Information Technology 4
  Concentration 1 20-24
  Concentration 2 12-16
4002-897 Thesis 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 44-48

Information sciences and technologies (capstone option), MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISTE-605 Scholarship in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
ISTE-610 Knowledge Representation Technologies 3
ISTE-612 Knowledge Processing Technologies 3
ITSE-600 Analytical Thinking 3
  Technical Domain Elective 1, 2, 3, 4 12
Second Year
  Technical Domain Elective 5 3
ISTE-795 Capstone in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Information sciences and technologies (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISTE-605 Scholarship in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
ISTE-610 Knowledge Representation Technologies 3
ISTE-612 Knowledge Processing Technologies 3
ISTE-600 Analytical Thinking 3
  Technical Domain Elective 1, 2, 3 9
ISTE-790 Thesis in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Second Year
  Technical Domain Elective 4 3
ITSE-790 Thesis in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Information sciences and technologies (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISTE-605 Scholarship in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
ISTE-610 Knowledge Representation Technologies 3
ISTE-612 Knowledge Processing Technologies 3
ISTE-600 Analytical Thinking 3
  Technical Domain Elective 1, 2, 3 9
ISTE-791 Project in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Second Year
  Technical Domain Elective 4 3
ISTE-791 Project in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Concentrations

CoursesQtr. Cr. Hrs.
Web development
4004-737 Website Design and Technology 4
4004-736 Web Client-Side Programming 4
4004-739 Programming for the World Wide Web 4
4004-751 Web-Database Integration 4
XML data management
4002-770 Introduction to XML 4
4002-771 XML Programming 4
4002-772 XML Transformation and Presentation 4
Multimedia application development
4085-727 Digital Audio and Computer Music 4
4004-730 Interactive Media Implementation 4
4085-746 Programming for Interactive Multimedia 4
4085-738 Multi-User Media Spaces 4
Human-computer interaction
4004-745 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction 4
4004-748 Usability Engineering 4
4002-749 Usability Testing 4
4004-755 Advanced Topics in HCI 4
4002-765 User-Centered Design Methods 4
4002-823 Agent-Based Modeling 4
Media and interaction
4085-757 Graphical Elements of the User Experience 4
4085-744 Building Online Communities 4
4085-794 Online Identity and Community Behavior 4
4085-855 Innovation and Invention 4
Application development
4002-710 Object Technologies 4
4002-720 Data Object Development 4
4002-725 Component Development 4
4002-784 Fundamentals of Database Client/Server Connectivity 4
4002-542,890 Native App Mobile Development 4
eLearning technologies
4002-722 Fundamentals of Instructional Technology 4
4002-723 Interactive Courseware 4
4002-724 Performance Support Systems Design 4
4002-823 Agent-Based Modeling 4
Project management
4002-830 Project Management 4
4002-831 Process Management 4
4002-820 Economics of Software Development 4
Databases and data management
4002-720 Data Modeling and Database Implementation 4
4055-744 *NIX Fundamentals for the Application Domain 4
4002-774 Information Assurance Fundamentals 4
4002-784 Fundamentals of Database Client/Server Connectivity 4
4002-785 Fundamentals of DBMS Architecture and Implementation 4
4002-787 Database Performance and Tuning 4
4002-789 Data Warehousing 4
Bioinformatics
4002-762 Introduction to Bioinformatics Computing 4
4002-763 Computing in Functional and Translational Bioinformatics 4
Networking
4055-761 Principles of System Administration 4
4055-755 Secure Wireless and Wired Data Networks 4
4055-815 Introduction to Routing and Switching 4
Systems administration
4055-721 Perl for System Administration 4
4055-761 Principles of System Administration 4
4055-780 Computer System Security 4
System survivability
4055-761 Principles of System Administration 4
4055-780 Computer System Security 4
4055-755 Secure Wireless and Wired Data Networks 4

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in information technology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B),
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) for all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a resume,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required. Applicants with a lower TOEFL score may be admitted conditionally and will be required to complete a prescribed program in English, along with a reduced program course load.

Applicants from foreign universities must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. These scores also may be required for applicants whose undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.

Additional information

Prerequisites

It is expected that students wishing to enter the program will have a background in fundamental information technology concepts, including: object-oriented programming, computer hardware and software architecture, networking, website design, and interactive multimedia concepts.

Students without the necessary background should complete the prerequisites before applying to the program. Bridge courses are available to satisfy the prerequisites.

Bridge program

Students whose undergraduate preparation or employment experience does not satisfy the prerequisites can make up these deficiencies by completing bridge courses as prescribed by the graduate program coordinator.

The bridge program’s courses are not part of the 48 quarter credit hours required for the master’s degree. Grades for bridge courses are not included in a student’s graduate GPA if the courses are taken before matriculation; they are included if they are taken after matriculation.

A bridge program can be designed in a variety of ways. The graduate program director will assist students in planning and course selection.

Maximum time limit

University policy requires that gradaute programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.