Information Sciences and Technologies
Master of Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Graduate Program Contact Qi Yu

By 2020, demand for data scientists and data-driven decision-makers across all fields will comprise one-third of the data-savvy professional job market (Source: Burning Glass Technologies). The M.S. in Information Sciences and Technologies addresses this demand with a program rich in analytics and in-depth, career-oriented study, exploring how information is organized, verified, analyzed, and applied in today's data-rich environment.

With a strong focus on data analytics, this online degree prepares students with the critical thinking skills to problem-solve in a wide variety of computing situations while remaining sensitive to the needs of their particular audience. Students will learn about data analytics on a global and enterprise scale, while combining theory with practice to solve real problems by integrating web technologies and databases with big data technologies.

The program culminates with a capstone course where students will demonstrate their competency for the theory and application of information sciences and technologies with a focus on data analytics.

  • Price

    $1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)

  • Duration

    30 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in 2 years, and a part-time student could complete the program in 4 years.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Data Scientist
    • Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
    • Digital Insights Lead Architect
    • Enterprise Service Health Engineer
    • Finance Data Scientist
    • Data / ETL Architect
    • Data Scientist/Analyst
    • Marketing Analytics Data Scientist
    • Data Science Engineer
  • Employers
    • Microsoft
    • Amazon
    • Oracle
    • Mathworks
    • iRobot
    • Paychex
    • CGI
    • IBM
    • Univera Healthcare
    • Gleason
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technologies, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution (3.00 GPA strongly recommended),
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work;
    • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
    • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
    • A background in information technology concepts including object-oriented programming, website development, database theory and practice, and statistics is expected.
    • A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL scores of 88 (internet-based) is a required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic) are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English.
    • Applicants from foreign universities must submit GRE scores. Scores from the GRE are strongly recommended for applicants whose undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.