Master of Science in Information Technology: Informatics

Informatics (IMAT) Specialization

The Informatics specialization has a decidedly technical thrust and is oriented towards the student seeking a generalist's view of IT. It offers a broadly based and strongly quantitative grounding in the various facets of information theory and best practices for developing a variety of systems and program products. Students receive an introduction to the major categories of IT endeavor, including networking, security, software development, databases, web design, and IT acquisitions in order to be well prepared for the challenges of the Second Millennium workplace. The IMAT specialization also serves as a logical extension of coursework begun in programs offered at UMUC military sites.

Career Path

The Master of Science program in Information Technology serves careers at the entry, mid-, or upper-level positions, depending upon the prior level of experience of the candidate.

Informatics

  • Programming and Applications Software Development and Acquisitions
  • Software Testing
  • Network Design and Fabrication
  • Customer Service Training/Support
  • Hardware Acquisition and Integration
  • Interface Design
  • Publications and Systems Documentation
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Internet Site Design, Development, and Management

Requirements

Recommendations

Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600, Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3).

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • ITEC 610 Information Technology Foundations (3)
  • ITEC 620 Information Technology Infrastructure (3)
  • ITEC 630 Information Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Design (3)
  • ITEC 640 Information Technology Project Management (3)
  • TMAN 625 Economics and Financial Analysis for Technology Managers (3)

Core Rules

  1. ITEC 610 must be taken as one of the first two courses.

Informatics (IMAT) Specialization Required Courses

  • SWEN 603 Systems Engineering (3)
  • DBST 651 Relational Database Systems (3)
  • SWEN 645 System and Software Standards and Requirements (3)
  • INFA 610 Foundations of Information Security and Assurance (3)
  • IMAT 639 Internet Multimedia Applications (3)
  • IMAT 637 IT Acquisitions Management (3)
Capstone Course

IMAT 670 Contemporary Topics in Informatics (3)

Specialization Rules

Students must complete 6 hours of core courses before taking first specialization course.

Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.

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Dual Degree Options

With just a few additional courses, you can enhance the power of your MSIT by pursuing a second degree in the following areas:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy

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