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Information Sciences and Technologies MS

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

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

Program overview

The master of science degree in information sciences and technologies addresses the need for IT computing professionals who can integrate theory and technology to tackle evolving trends in business, scientific, and social computing--all while understanding and advocating for the needs of the users within a specific organizational or societal context. The program's core courses investigate current directions and opportunities within the IT computing discipline, the issues and challenges surrounding the management of today's massive data volumes, and the opportunities afforded by data analytics. Students can personalize their studies by selecting a set of technical domain electives. 

Curriculum

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

Technical domain electives

Technical domain electives are offered in the following areas: Web design and development, integration technologies, interactive media and mobile apps, database technologies, data management and security, discovery informatics, information management, and data analytics and visualization. Additional course work is available in related topics such as XML data management, geographic information science and technology, and project management. Alternately, students can create a customized set of domain electives with courses selected from the IST department and other areas at RIT.

Capstone

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 will complete one additional technical domain elective. The thesis and project capstone options are both 6 semester credit hours.

Information sciences and technologies (course capstone 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
  Technical Domain Electives 12
Second Year
  Technical Domain Elective 3
ISTE-795 Capstone in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Information sciences and technologies (thesis capstone 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
ISTE-600 Analytical Thinking 3
  Technical Domain Electives 9
ISTE-790 Thesis in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Second Year
  Technical Domain Elective 3
ITSE-790 Thesis in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Information sciences and technologies (project capstone 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
ISTE-600 Analytical Thinking 3
  Technical Domain Electives 9
ISTE-791 Project in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
Second Year
  Technical Domain Elective 3
ISTE-791 Project in Information Sciences and Technologies 3
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.