Information Management Curriculum
Information has a fundamental effect on the structure, processes, and success of all organizations. Those who can manage the tools of information acquisition, utility, retention, and transfer can help their organizations develop and leverage strategic advantages. The MS in Information Management curriculum is designed to help students develop a diverse set of skills that enables them to participate at all levels of information technology management.
The iSchool offers a standard 42-credit curriculum track that can be completed in 21 months, as well as an executive track for students with more than six years of full-time professional experience, which consists of 30 credits and can be completed in 15 months.
All iSchool graduate courses are acceptable electives. Students can also take up to 6 credits of specific graduate courses from other Syracuse University schools, such as Whitman School of Management and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, as electives toward their MS in Information Management or MS in Information Management: Executive Track. Students must choose courses that meet their graduate requirements. Permission to register for the courses is also required.
MS in Information Management students will acquire competencies in the following:
- Management of technology: Students will integrate technical and solution-oriented concepts with the principles of management, strategy, and financial analysis. They will apply these concepts in the analysis of complex management case studies and problems and be able to analyze, compare, evaluate, and clearly articulate the relative value of IT investment alternatives.
- Management of solution development: Students will employ their knowledge of information-related disciplines in the development of information systems solutions. These disciplines include systems analysis and design, project management, IT procurement, and user analysis. Students will be able to apply these disciplines to the solution of organizational and business problems.
- Technical knowledge: Students will be able to describe the operation and use of information and communication technologies, including database management systems, networks, operating systems, information security, and Internet technologies. They will be able to apply these technologies to solve information problems at the individual and organizational levels.
- Organizational context of information management: Students will be able to articulate the environmental forces that affect the application of IT solutions. Such forces include demographic, social, economic, and ethical factors, as well as local, national, and international information policy and regulation.
- Evolution of the information management field: Students will be able to use their knowledge of the history and current state of the management of information technology to create and evaluate plausible scenarios for the future evolution of technology and the field itself.
- Professional communication skills: Students will be able to demonstrate the application of principles, norms, and practices governing professional communication in their field through developing and delivering effective professional communications.
- Leadership and teamwork development: Students will be able to demonstrate the principles of leadership, followership, and effective collaboration in both co-located and virtual team contexts.
- Information literacy, analysis, and problem solving: Students will be able to find, organize, manage, evaluate, and use information resources effectively for the solution of professional problems.
In addition to helping students develop a comprehensive expertise in these critical skillsets, the iSchool ensures that students understand the responsibility that information professionals have to set forth and manage policies for the use and protection of information resources at all levels across the enterprise.
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