Master of Science in Information Science and Technology

The M.S. in Information Science and Technology (IS&T) program is designed for students without a background in programming and/or computer science to gain the skills to be prepared for careers in computing and information technology. This program allows students with undergraduate degrees from non-computing fields to add technical expertise in order to pursue the interdisciplinary career paths of the future. Students learn skills applicable to computer networking, database management, information security, mobile app development, software engineering, software testing and quality assurance, and web development. As preparation for studying these advanced topics, fast-paced, rigorous, introductory classes with a strong foundation in algorithms, data structures, and programming are offered to M.S. in IS&T students.

The M.S. in IS&T program is designed for applicants with limited or no past experience in computer science. Candidates with some preparation and/or an undergraduate major in Computer Science or a closely related field should apply to the M.S. in Computer Science or M.S. in Computational Data Science programs.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Students complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Interdisciplinary Study: Students may take up to three graduate IS&T-related courses in other departments. All such course clusters require prior approval of the M.S. in IS&T Program Director.

Areas of Specialization: Research interests of faculty include:

  • Communication and networks
  • Data warehousing, filtering, and mining
  • Enterprise system development and resource management
  • Ethics and social issues related to technology
  • Knowledge management
  • Management information and database systems
  • Security and privacy
  • Software engineering
  • System development and process management
  • Usability engineering

Job Prospects: Graduates often find employment in computer networking, database management, information security, mobile app development, software engineering, software testing and quality assurance, and web development. Many become involved in the design and implementation of new applications software or the planning and evaluation of computer-based systems. Prospective employers include the government, universities and colleges, and non-profit agencies, as well as information technology organizations, computer centers, or computer manufacturers in industry.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students are permitted to take a maximum of two graduate-level CIS courses.

Financing Opportunities: Assistantships provide a stipend and full-time tuition to qualified students, but are typically reserved for doctoral students.

Program Requirements: https://bulletin.temple.edu/graduate/scd/cst/information-science-technology-ms/#programrequirementstext

For more information: https://cst.temple.edu/istonline