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Information Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Connecting people, information, and technology is at the core of the academic and research programs here at the iSchool. The Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) degree program builds on that by preparing students for careers as information professionals, including systems analysts and designers, database developers and managers, information security experts, and more.


The MSIS program offers a rigorous course of study that is also flexible, so that the specific needs of individual students can be met. The School allows you to design a course of study under the direction of your advisor that meets your individual needs. Many students use this general track option to sample multiple areas of the curriculum, while other students choose to focus on a defined specialization.

Our specializations—big data analytics, database and web systems, geoinformatics, human-centered computing, information security, and telecommunications and distributed systems—have been created to meet the specific needs of different industry and academic sectors, while still providing the necessary foundational knowledge of the general program of study.

All MSIS students will complete a practicum experience. This will provide students with opportunities to gain practical experience, to acclimate to the corporate or industry worlds, and to build connections for future career searches. MSIS students can take IS 2980: Practicum after completing 18 credits of coursework.

Because this University is in a major urban center, there are numerous practicum opportunities with major corporations available to our students. Previously, students have found satisfying experiences with corporations such as: PPG Industries, Alcoa Corporation, BNY Mellon Corporation, WQED, Lockheed-Martin, FedEx Ground, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Heinz World Headquarters.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Information Security & Privacy
  • Informatn Storage & Retrieval
  • Data Mining

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Resume
  • Statement of intent of no more than 500 words outlining your career goals
  • Letters Of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (Gre)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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