Information Technology (IT) Programs of Study

The following programs of study focus on preparation for careers in IT and are provided as guidelines for students pursuing the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) or the individualized post-master’s Specialist program.

Large-Scale Data Management

The Large Scale Data Management Program of Study, within the Information Technology master’s degree program (MSIT), prepares students for careers in which they must manage large volumes of data as part of an organization’s daily operation.  Topics include databases, information retrieval, information systems and digital libraries.

Strongly recommended:

  • LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture

Take at least 3 more courses from the following list of courses:

  • LIS 5263 Theory of Information Retrieval
  • COM 5450 Introduction to Project Management
  • LIS 5472 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 5775 Information Security
  • LIS 5782 Database Management Systems
  • LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture
  • LIS 5787 Fundamentals of Metadata Theory and Practice
  • LIS 5900 Directed Independent Study (1-6 hours) – in an appropriate area and approved in advance
  • LIS 5945 Internship (2-6 hours) – in an appropriate setting and approved in advance

Leadership & Management

The Leadership & Management Program of Study, within the Information Technology master’s degree program (MSIT), prepares information professionals to be managers and leaders in their respective fields by enhancing their understanding of the unique challenges facing their profession now and in the future.

Strongly recommended:

  • LIS 5405 Leadership in Technology
  • LIS 5442 Information Leadership

Take at least 2 more courses from the following list of courses:

  • LIS 5403 Human Resource Management for Information Professionals
  • LIS 5411 Introduction to Information Policy
  • LIS 5426 Grant Writing, Evaluation and Administration
  • LIS 5602 Marketing of Library and Information Services
  • LIS 5788 Management of Health Information Technology
  • LIS 5900 Directed Independent Study (2-6 hours) – in an appropriate area and approved in advance
  • LIS 5945 Internship (2-6 hours) – in an appropriate setting and approved in advance
  • COM 5126 Organizational Communication Theory & Practice
  • COM 5450 Introduction to Project Management

Technology & Networking

The Technology & Networking Program of Study, within the Information Technology master’s degree program (MSIT), prepares students for careers in development, management, and maintenance of the networks, in areas such as building hardware and software systems, maintaining networks for information and communication, and developing databases and applications

Strongly recommended:

  • LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture

Take at least 3 more courses from the following list of courses:

  • LIS 5263 Theory of Information Retrieval
  • LIS 5364 Web Site Development and Administration
  • LIS 5418 Introduction to Health Informatics
  • LIS 5472 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 5484 Introduction to Data Networks for Information Professionals
  • LIS 5489 Network Administration
  • LIS 5775 Information Security
  • LIS 5782 Database Management Systems
  • LIS 5787 Fundamentals of Metadata Theory and Practice

User-Centered Design

The User-Centered Design Program of Study, within the Information Technology master’s degree program (MSIT), prepares students for a career in designing information systems and services that are focused on meetings the needs of the system’s users.  These courses are designed to help students approach and resolve system design problems from the user’s perspective

Strongly recommended:

  • LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture

Take at least 3 more courses from the following list of courses:

  • LIS 5313 Digital Media: Concepts and Production
  • LIS 5362 Design and Production of Networked Multimedia
  • LIS 5367 Advanced Web Applications
  • LIS 5751 Computers as Persuasive Technology
  • LIS 5916 Mobile Application Development
  • LIS 5900 Directed Independent Study (2-6 hours) – in an appropriate area and approved in advance
  • LIS 5945 Internship (2-6 hours) – in an appropriate setting and approved in advance

Web Design

The Web Design Program of Study, within the Information Technology master’s degree program (MSIT), prepares students for a career in web design, including web development and administration, interface design, usability and analysis, and information architecture.

Strongly recommended:

  • LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture

Take at least 3 more courses from the following list of courses:

  • LIS 5263 Theory of Information Retrieval
  • LIS 5362 Design and Production of Networked Multimedia
  • LIS 5364 Web Site Development and Administration
  • LIS 5367 Advanced Web Applications
  • LIS 5472 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 5484 Introduction to Data Networks for Information Professionals
  • LIS 5782 Database Management Systems
  • LIS 5787 Fundamentals of Metadata Theory and Practice
  • LIS 5916 Mobile Application Development
  • LIS 5900 Directed Independent Study (2-6 hours) – in an appropriate area and approved in advance
  • LIS 5945 Internship (2-6 hours) – in an appropriate setting and approved in advance
  • COM 5450 Introduction to Project Management