Just knowing how technology works is no longer enough.
Learn how to make it all work.

Explore how information is understood and applied in the modern computing industry. Merge theory and practice in a career-focused program!

With technology expanding along new paths every day, companies need professionals that are able to facilitate the movement of information between those paths. They need leaders that have an area of expertise, and can also see the big picture; people who can understand and apply trending tech to ultimately help the end user. As the users' advocate, IT professionals also need the critical thinking skills to problem-solve in a wide variety of computing situations, combined with an understanding of the needs of their audience.

The IST curriculum is designed to produce those kinds of people. Students learn about data analytics on a global and enterprise scale. Theory and practice are merged into real world problem solving exercises, challenging students to integrate web systems, databases, analytics, and more.

The program addresses the web systems and integration technologies, and the information management and database technology pillars, of the IT academic discipline, along with the additional option of discovery informatics.


Maximize your career opportunities!

The MS in information sciences and technologies provides an opportunity for in-depth study to prepare for today’s high-demand computing careers:

  • 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.

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Master's Degree Specifics

  • 18 months
  • 10 courses, including major capstone project /thesis
  • Blended curriculum (onsite and online)
  • Onsite classes take place in the afternoon hours (5:00 PM) – adjusted to working professionals
  • 30 credit hours earned towards the degree
  • American diploma – Master of Science in Information Sciences and Technologies
  • up to 2 coursed will be   delivered fully online


Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in Information Sciences and Technologies, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • complete a graduate application at  MS APPLICATION FORM
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) for all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • 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.
  • GRE is not required for RIT alumni


Additional Info

It is expected that prospective students will have a background in fundamental information technology concepts including object-oriented programming, website development, database theory and practice, and statistics. Students without the necessary background should complete the prerequisites before applying to the program. However, bridge courses are available to satisfy the prerequisites.

Bridge program
Students whose undergraduate preparation or employment experience does not satisfy the prerequisites can make up these deficiencies by completing prerequisite bridge courses as prescribed by the Admissions Office and Program Coordinator The bridge courses are not part of the 30 semester credit hours required for the master’s degree. Grades for bridge courses are not included in a student’s GPA. Since bridge programs can be designed in a variety of ways, the Program Coordinator will assist students in planning and course selection.

Maximum time limit
University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.

What is a Master's Degree?

A master's degree is an academically advanced, discipline specific, research based degree program that is granted to individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a high level of mastery of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. 

Undergraduate programs
Master of Science
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