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Master of Science in
Information Science

Program Summary

Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to meet evolving IT challenges in integration, security, and business continuity. This 33-credit program is designed for mid-level information technology professionals who want to move into a leadership or management position within the IT field.

How To Apply
Apply by November 15 to start January 10

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

33 Credits $950 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Earn a Penn State Information Science Master's Degree — 100% online

The Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS), offered online through Penn State World Campus, presents a well-rounded and holistic computing and information technology (IT) curriculum. This online master's program can prepare you to face the numerous and varied challenges that IT professionals face every day, including analyzing data, developing state-of-the-art IT applications, and managing IT staff and projects.

The program is designed for mid-level information technology professionals who want to improve their skills, increase their knowledge, and move into a leadership or management position within the IT field. As a student in this program, you can gain a competitive advantage in your field and acquire greater insight into the role of IT by learning to:

  • describe, model, and analyze information systems to support an organization's operations
  • understand existing and emerging information system theories and principles to improve IT systems
  • apply appropriate methodologies to design, develop, and maintain software and information systems
  • implement and manage information systems and networks while protecting sensitive information assets
  • lead people and projects, communicate effectively, and make informed decisions based on sound legal and ethical principles

Your Online Information Science Courses

The courses in this program emphasize data-driven IT and will help you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to meet evolving challenges of integration, security, and business continuity. To earn your degree, you will be required to complete a total of 33 credits. You can select core and elective courses to fit your interests and professional goals. Course subjects include:

  • information system architecture
  • big data and emerging information technologies
  • cybersecurity and information protection
  • enterprise solution design
  • enterprise digital transformation

You must also must successfully complete INSC 594, a 3-credit integrative research topics course, which includes a master's scholarly paper.

Why Pursue a Penn State Degree Online?

Penn State World Campus offers a flexible, online platform that allows you to pursue a world-class education while you continue to gain valuable work experience. You will receive the same education as a resident Penn State student, and your courses will be taught by the same graduate faculty who are active in research and experts in their fields. 

Career Opportunities for Graduates

This degree can prepare you for any number of professional roles in business, healthcare, finance, nonprofits, military, and government. Many graduates of the information science program hold titles such as:

  • IT systems architect
  • IT department manager
  • technical consultant
  • business analyst
  • project manager
  • computer systems analyst

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, and application instructions.

Note: This program is under review for GI Bill® eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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