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.


  • 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



Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605, Effective Graduate Writing (0).

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 625 Computer Systems Architecture (3)
  • ITEC 626 Information Systems Infrastructure (3)
  • ITEC 630 Information Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Design (3)
  • ITEC 640 Information Technology Project Management (3)

Core Rules

  • ITEC 610 must be taken as one of the first two courses.
  • Students must complete 6 credits of core coursework before beginning specialization coursework.

Informatics (IMAT) Specialization Required Courses

  • SWEN 603 Modern Software Methodologies (3)
  • DBST 651 Relational Database Systems (3)
  • SWEN 645 Software 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.

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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