There Are Several Degrees Under the Master’s in Information Systems Umbrella
May 04, 2017
Information Management is a big bucket that holds a number of associated degrees. For example, one of them, Information Systems, is the study of complementary networks that people and organizations use to collect, filter, process, create, and distribute data.
An MS in Information Systems is distinct from related degrees in Information Management, Information Technology and Computer Science, but all four degrees are a good fit for early-career and midcareer professionals who are looking to bolster their IT skills.
Maybe you’re a consultant, a business analyst, a product developer, an implementation manager, a software solutions expert or an IT manager. If you think knowing how to better use information to make informed business decisions would help you advance in your career, any of the following degrees could help you get there. But there are slight differences.
MS in Information Management
A master’s in Information Management helps those interested in bridging the gap between business and technology achieve that connection. Students 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.
MS in Information Technology
Working with hardware, software, databases, and networks — the technology involved in the information systems. Students learn the functioning of IT components and how they provide the base to store, network, process, manipulate, and disseminate information.
MS in Computer Science
This curriculum focuses on software and the planning, design, implementation, testing, and management of computer systems and applications. Students will learn algorithm investigation, design efficiency, and implementation and application of computer systems.
MS in Information Systems
Just as an MS in Information Management helps build a business-and-technology bridge, a master’s in Information Systems bridges business and computer science. Students focus on information and learning about the equipment, processes and people involved in the dissemination of that information within an organization.
The 2017 tech hiring report from Robert Half Technology found there’s still a shortage of skilled tech talent in North America. “Network security and big data initiatives” are driving demand for information systems professionals, according to the report, and while employers are making generous offers, they’re also being selective.
More than 6 in 10 (61 percent) chief information officers told Robert Half that it’s challenging to find skilled technology professionals, while 37 percent said staying up to date on industry trends is the greatest source of pressure on technology professionals. Asked which areas today’s technology professionals could most use improvement, the most frequently-selected answer by CIOs (at 28 percent) was “communication skills, including written, interpersonal and face-to-face communication.”
Some of our degrees offer specific job tracks within a range of industries and a range of employers, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte Consulting, EY (Ernst & Young), JP Morgan Chase & Co., KPMG, LPA Software Solutions, Microsoft, PwC, Securonix Inc., and the U.S. Government.
If you believe new Information Management skills will help put you in front of employers hungry for tech leaders within their companies, it could be the right time to explore one of these degrees to help you advance in your career.