Online Master’s Degree in Information Management

Apply by the July 9 Priority Deadline for the October Cohort.

Online Master’s Degree in Information Management

Apply by the July 9 Priority Deadline for the October Cohort.

What Is an Information Management Degree?

A Master of Science in Information Management is an interdisciplinary information systems degree for those interested in bridging the gap between business and technology. You’ll explore the effective use of information for business purposes as well as how to approach information systems that will benefit people and organizations alike.

"Information management is the holistic view of how organizations manage their information resources in order to maximize organizational efficiency and financial position; improve products and processes; connect with associates, consumers, and suppliers; manage projects; and reduce risks."

— Michael Wangerin, MS in Information Management, ’18

The Difference Between Information Management and an MBA

MBA programs teach students to explore decision-making within an organization, taking base-level information and translating it into a decision carrying the lowest risk. However, IM professionals are the ones providing the information that makes decisions possible. Individuals with an information management background are empowered to source specific information or out-of-the-box approaches and drive the process forward to the decision maker.

Where We Stand

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#11 Best Information Technology Programs for Veterans2

Why Earn a Master’s in Information Management?

The world is consuming more information than just a few years ago, leading to an increased need for specialists with an information management degree. Students seeking an online Master’s in Information Management will gain practical skills in information acquisition, utility, retention, and transfer. In the end, they are prepared to lead organizations with efficiency, social responsibility, and success.

Successful students will enter the program with a passion for harnessing the power of information and leave with focused core skills in:

  • Technical and analytical competencies
  • Deploy emerging technologies
  • Manage high-value resources

Information Systems and Technology

Through the online MS in Information Management program, students will explore information systems, studying the complementary networks that people and organizations use to collect, filter, process, create, and distribute data. Students will learn the effective use of information for the business purpose it serves and about how to facilitate the secure sharing of information inside and outside of an organization.

Careers for Information Management Professionals

The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University’s community is made up of accomplished professionals with hands-on training and experiential learning experience. Graduates have successfully moved into information management positions at companies such as Bank of America, Citi, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and the U.S. government.

With a master’s degree in information management, students are uniquely qualified for competitive positions, including:

  • Infrastructure analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Product analyst
  • Technology analyst
  • Business intelligence developer
  • Data engineer


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Explore how an advanced degree in information management can propel your career

A Curriculum Focused on Leadership

The MS in Information Management program takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing information management leaders. The 42-credit program can be completed in as few as 21 months.

Students will address the following core competencies:

Management of Technology: Integrate technical and solution-development concepts and apply them to the analysis of management case studies and problems.

Management of Solution Development: Solve organizational and business problems using developed information system solutions.

Technical Knowledge: Apply information and computing technologies to solve information problems.

Environmental Context of IM: Explain how demographic, social, economic, and ethical factors affect information technology solutions.

Professional Communication Skills: Develop and deliver professional communication in the field.

Leadership and Teamwork Development: Demonstrate leadership, ethics, and effective collaboration skills.

Information Literacy, Analysis, and Problem-Solving: Find, organize, manage, evaluate, and use information resources critically and effectively.

Information Management for Executives

The 30-credit online MS in Information Management for Executives requires students to have six or more years of full-time professional experience in the field with a record of continuously increasing job responsibilities.

30 Credits

Complete in as Few as 15 Months

Explore options to customize your curriculum with Information Management for Executives.

Develop Specialized Skills

The iSchool offers Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS) in Data Science, Information Security Management, and Enterprise Technology Leadership. With no additional coursework, students develop specialized skills to advance in their careers.

Take the Next Step

Earn your MS in Information Management online.

Admissions Overview

Syracuse’s iSchool seeks students who are passionate about harnessing the power of information. Our admissions team reviews and carefully considers each application, determining who could best contribute their knowledge and experiences to the iSchool community.

Review the application requirements.

Upcoming Deadlines

Syracuse offers four cohort start dates each year. See the application deadlines for our upcoming cohorts:

October 2020 final cohort deadline: August 6, 2020
January 2021 final cohort deadline: November 13, 2020

Learning Online at Syracuse University’s iSchool

As an iSchool student, you’ll find a balance between advanced technology, face-to-face interaction, and in-person collaboration. Our online students are fully immersed in the iSchool community with access to the same resources and services as on-campus students.

Education is more powerful with strong connections, and our online approach puts you at the center of your student experience.

Live, online class sessions each week

A virtual campus that allows you to establish connections, track coursework, find social groups, and more

Engaging coursework from world-class faculty

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