The online Master of Science in Information Management meets the same high academic standards of Syracuse University’s on-campus program. The 42-credit curriculum consists of:
9 credits of primary core coursework
15 credits of secondary core coursework
9–12 credits of electives
3–9 credits of exit requirements
Primary Core Coursework
Management Principles for Information Professionals – 3 Credits This course focuses on basic ideas, concepts and perspectives of management as they apply to the information professions. Students learn to apply basic principles of organization theory and behavior and managerial techniques to improve organizational effectiveness.
Information Management and Technology – 3 Credits Students learn the foundation of general management concepts, information management implementation concerns and strategies and information lifecycle management as it relates to a career in the field.
Information Policy – 3 Credits Students gain an overview understanding of public policy issues that affect the information, library, and telecommunication sectors. These include privacy and security, intellectual property, freedom of expression, communications access, and public sector information. Students learn to apply economic, legal, and political science concepts to policy analysis.
Secondary Core Coursework
In addition to the core courses, students are required to complete coursework in the following areas: management approaches to strategies, technological infrastructure, and user information needs.
Information Systems Analysis – 3 Credits This course focuses on automated tools and technologies and methods of systems analysis through decomposition and modeling. Students practice project management and systems analysis techniques as well as structured methodologies. Students eventually apply what they learn to a final group project.
Managing Information Systems Projects – 3 Credits This course is an introduction to roles, activities, methods, and tools that are common in information systems projects. Students in this course gain insight into project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology.
Data Administration Concepts and Database Management – 3 Credits This course covers the definition, development, and management of databases for information systems. Students learn data analysis techniques, data modeling, schema design, query languages and search specifications.
Introduction to Data Science – 3 Credits This course introduces fundamentals about data and the standards, technologies, and methods for organizing, managing, curating, preserving, and using data. Students discuss broader issues related to data management and use as well as quality control and publication of data.
Leading Issues in Information Security – 3 Credits This course covers today’s leading issues and challenges in information security, and focuses on social, ethical, management and global perspectives that are related to current technology trends.
Introduction to Information Security – 3 Credits Students learn basic concepts and technologies of information security. Students who successfully complete this course have a comprehensive overview of information security with some hands-on experience.
User Information Needs - 3 Credits Required
Information Visualization – 3 Credits Students in this course are given a broad introduction to data visualization for information professionals. Students develop a portfolio of resources, demonstrations, recipes, and examples of various data visualization techniques.
Data Analytics – 3 Credits This course introduces students to data mining techniques, real-world applications, challenges involved in these applications, and future directions of the field. There is an optional hands-on experience opportunity with commercially available software packages.
Please note that any course not selected for the Secondary Core may be taken as an elective. A single course may not be counted toward more than one single curriculum requirement. Students will be able to choose from an array of electives to complete the program, such as:
Enterprise Risk Management – 3 Credits This course offers students a multidisciplinary perspective of risk assessment, modeling, and management. Topics include concepts of personal accountability versus governance and policy; how organizations define and measure risk and loss; and plans for contingencies.
Big Data Analytics – 3 Credits This course presents a broad introduction to analytical processing tools and techniques for information professionals. Students develop a portfolio of resources, demonstrations, recipes, and examples of various analytical techniques.
Data Warehouse – 3 Credits This course introduces students to business intelligence (BI) concepts and techniques to effectively build a BI solution. Students focus on how to use data warehouses as a BI solution to make better organizational decisions.
Strategic Management of Information Resources – 3 Credits Students integrate and apply the knowledge they have learned to case studies, projects, and other high-level assignments that allow them to draw from their previous courses on critical information resource management areas.
Immersion – Required (Not for Credit) Immersions allow students to meet and collaborate with their peers, learn from guest speakers who are industry experts, and participate in workshops. Immersions are held on campus on the first Friday through Sunday of the semester starting in July and October 2017. Students are required to attend at least one immersion during the degree program.
Internship1 – 1–6 Credits Students are required to participate in a fully supervised internship experience. Credits for the internship vary, and students work with an academic advisor to determine the number of credits that apply to an internship. Students can take a maximum of 6 credits, and waivers are available. See our waiver policy below.1Waiver Policy: Students with more than one year of full-time professional IT experience in the information technology field may waive the internship requirement. This waiver will not reduce the total credits required for the information management degree, but it will allow the student to take other course electives to fulfill the credit requirements for the degree.
Students with a minimum of three years of full-time work experience in the IT field may petition to reduce the credit requirement of the program by three credits, substituted by work experience, which will be audited. Students should consult Student Services regarding the procedures for this petition.↑
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