Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Information Sciences and Technologies MS

Program Overview

Information sciences and technologies is a continually evolving mixture of computer platforms, operating systems, information media, data repositories, communication technologies, and delivery methodologies. For technology to be success-fully deployed and adopted, we need computing professionals who can not only evaluate and select appropriate technologies, but can design integrated solutions with an understanding of how we - as human beings - can best utilize them. This interdisciplinary mix is the basis of the Master of Science in Information Sciences and Technologies degree at RIT.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science


  • Approximately 100 students enrolled

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Graduate students have the option of completing up to a maximum of six months of work experience in either two (2) three-month assignments or one (1) six-month assignment.

Salary Information

Co-op:    $24.83                     $12.50 - $70.00
MS:         $80,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Information Sciences and Technologies students learn a systematic approach to the design of secure integrated technology solutions for business, industry, and education. Students can select from areas of study that include application development and management, website design and interactive multimedia, networking, computer-based learning and performance, and interface design and human-computer interaction theory. Students will be able to create information solutions utilizing current hardware and software technology. Depending upon the areas of study selected, students will be able to:
  • Develop and manage integrated application and/or web-based software solutions.
  • Design and develop interactive, multimedia applications, including a specialization in two and three-dimension solutions animated interactive applications.
  • Apply cognitive and organizational theories to the design of information technology applications and systems.
  • Develop strategic network and communication systems solutions.

Equipment & Facilities

The curriculum is supported by a mixture of hardware platforms (PC and Mac) and operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS). In addition to classrooms that support general-purpose education, specialty classrooms and labs are available including:
- Active Learning classrooms – provide an interactive hands-on computing environment for educational use during class sessions.
- Database labs – client-server benches with Windows and Linux machines in a multi-DBMS environment that includes the Oracle RDBMS.
- Multimedia, Streaming Media and Sound labs in the college – support Web design, interactive multimedia, audio, video and interface design curriculum.
- Usability Testing Labs - support human-computer interaction and software usability curriculum.
- Networking, System Administration, Security and specialized networking labs in the college – support courses in networking at the physical, data-link, and transport layers; network management, application-layer (server-access) and security courses.
- RIT provides broadband network access both on campus and to the Internet. Details of the connectivity of the campus are available at

Training / Qualifications

Information Technology's curricula is fully informed by industry's needs and reflect the current market. There are schools that specialize in offering certification in specific applications. What makes the IT degree distinct from these programs is the emphasis upon underlying concepts. We teach theory and practice, not just software or single systems. Our graduates are problem solvers and solution providers, adaptable to a changing technological environment. During the explosive growth of the World Wide Web, we were here defining IT as an academic discipline. As the digital revolution progressed, we educated information technologists with a "user focus." Today we have over 2000 graduates. Our graduates are web masters, new media developers, web content developers, network and system administrators, database specialists, application developers, and interface designers. In addition, we have had the honor of being the model for information technology programs at several other universities.

As IT technologies have emerged, our undergraduate and graduate curricula have kept pace. IT students can study website design and multimedia, computer game development, human-computer interaction, application development, database concepts, computer networking, system administration, wireless networking, network security, electronic commerce, and learning and performance technology.

Job Titles

Web Master; Network or Systems Administrator; Database Developer, Software Engineer, Malware/Threat Researcher, Sr. Analytics Associate, Full Stack Developer, Business Process and Technology Analyst

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Amazon, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western NY, Carestream Health, Cisco Systems, Citigroup,  Cylance Inc,  Eastman Kodak Company, EY,  iRobot Corp,  ITT- Advanced Engineering & Sciences, JPMorganChase, Leo Burnett USA Inc/Arc Worldwide, Paychex, Railcomm, SAP America Inc, Synacor, Inc., Thomson Reuters, Vicor Corp.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Kris Stehler, the career services coordinator who works with the Information Sciences and Technologies MS program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Kris Stehler, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5468
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603