Information Technology Master's Degree with Informatics Specialization

Strengthen your technical skills as you learn the business of IT in an informatics specialization that can help accelerate your career growth.

The informatics specialization gives you a strong foundation in all major categories of IT management, so you can take your career in any direction you choose. Develop advanced skills in networking, security, software development, databases, web design, and IT acquisitions to become a valuable asset to any industry.

Whether you are new to the field, changing careers, or looking to move up in your current organization, you’ll find the informatics specialization can boost your professional value and open doors for you on the cutting edge of high tech.

About the Informatics Specialization

The specialization in informatics teaches you strong quantitative and managerial skills, as well as knowledge in information theory and best practices for developing a variety of systems and products.

What You’ll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design information systems, determine system requirements, understand modeling, make decisions, and develop and implement proposals
  • Write system and software requirements, formal specification analyses, formal description reasoning, models of “standard” paradigms, and translation into formal notations
  • Manage emerging technologies such as cloud computing, BYOD, and virtualization
  • Write successful website development plans
  • Design for the web using Java and CGI scripts, as well as usability best practices
  • Develop web benchmarks, standards for representing common media formats, compression algorithms, file format translation tools, and hardware requirements and standards
  • Ensure and manage information security, including risk and vulnerability analysis, security planning, and security architecture
  • Apply legal, ethical, and privacy considerations to information assurance decisions
  • Master techniques for relational database design, query optimization, concurrency control, recovery, and integrity
  • Use a suite of development software, including rapid application development and agile development, Scrum, extreme programming, Evolutionary Project Management, lean software development, test-driven development, feature-driven development, Crystal solutions, Rational Unified Process, and other Unified Process methods
  • Apply management practices related to the acquisition of IT systems, components, and services, including enterprise strategic planning, financial planning and budgeting, and integration

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Build a website that contains at least five different media/interactive components, including at least one video component adapted for a smartphone
  • Execute an individual project based on templates and models related to the CMMI Acquisition Module from Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute

Informatics Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Specialization Courses

  • Modern Software Methodologies (3 Credits, SWEN 603)
  • Relational Database Systems (3 Credits, DBST 651)
  • Software Requirements (3 Credits, SWEN 645)
  • Foundations of Information Security and Assurance (3 Credits, INFA 610)
  • IT Acquisitions Management (3 Credits, IMAT 637)
  • Internet Multimedia Applications (3 Credits, IMAT 639)
  • Contemporary Topics in Informatics (3 Credits, IMAT 670)
  • You must complete 6 credits of core coursework before beginning specialization coursework.

Core Courses

  • UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
  • UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in all major areas of IT management, including networking, security, software development, databases, web design, and IT acquisitions.