Rochester Institute of Technology

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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

Enrollment

  • 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:     $24.08                     $12.50 - $70.00
MS:          $60,000                   $55,000 - $100,000

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 http://www.rit.edu/its/services/tele/.

Nature of Work

The development of the World Wide Web has permanently changed the way that we as a society solve problems. Our technological future will continue to include a mixture of computers and multi-purpose computing devices, information media, and communication technologies. Many educational programs are narrowly focused on a particular technology in isolation from other technologies. While new technology needs to be developed, there is a much larger need: the successful deployment of technology. Business and industry today rely on the integrated power of application software, networks, databases, and multimedia to stay competitive. However, to be successfully deployed and utilized, technology must be filtered through an understanding of how humans need to use evolving technological systems. The role of the information technologist is to understand the fundamental problems facing business, industry, and education and to wisely apply available technologies in meeting user needs. The information technologist views the "larger picture" - the needs of the enterprise as encompassed in the needs of the end users.

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 Outlook

Employment of IT professionals is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2020, as organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technology and integrate it into their systems. Job growth will continue to be driven by the ongoing expansion of the computer system design and related services industry, which is projected to remain one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. economy. Growth will not be as explosive as during the previous decade, however, as the IT industry matures and some of these jobs are increasingly outsourced overseas. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

Web Master; Network or Systems Administrator; Database Developer

Employment

Jobs in IT are found in industry, government, business, and the service sector at all levels. IT students take positions with job titles like Web master or content developer, network or systems administrator, facilities manager, user support specialist, database developer or administrator, multimedia developer, systems analyst, application developer, interface design specialist, testing and quality assurance specialist, instructional designer, or technical marketing representative. RIT's IT students are perfectly prepared to provide both the technical skills and the people skills necessary to succeed in these positions.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western NY, Carestream Health, Cisco Systems, Eastman Kodak Company, 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 James Bondi, 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 http://www.rit.edu/co-op/careers.
 
James T. Bondi, Associate Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5471
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
585.475.2301
 
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.