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
12 credits of secondary core coursework
12-18 credits of electives
3–9 credits of exit requirements
Primary Core Coursework: 9 Credits
IST 614: Management Principles for Information Professionals – 3 Credits Students cover basic ideas, concepts, and perspectives of management as they apply to the information professions. Students learn to understand and apply basic principles of organization theory and behavior and managerial techniques needed to improve organizational effectiveness.
IST 618: 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.
IST 621: Information Management and Technology – 3 Credits This course is an information and technology management overview with a focus on digital transformation. Students will cover how information and technology managers create organizational, technological, and personal capabilities to succeed in a rapidly changing digital world.
Students need to choose two courses, or six credits, from each track in the secondary core.
Management Strategies and Users Track – 6 Credits Required
IST 625: 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.
IST 645: Managing Information Systems Projects – 3 Credits This course covers project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology. Students are introduced to roles, activities, methods, and tools and will critically review and apply principles.
IST 654: Information Systems Analysis – 3 Credits This course covers the concepts and methods of systems analysis through decomposition and modeling. Students gain extensive practice with structured methodologies, systems analysis, and project management techniques, and are introduced to automated tools and technologies. There is a group project to apply skills.
IST 662: Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals – 3 Credits Students are introduced to information literacy models for application to instruction in information organizations. This course focuses on strategies and techniques for designing, presenting, and evaluating information technology training and training materials for real clients.
IST 623: 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.
IST 659: 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. This course also covers an overview of file organization for databases and data administration concepts and skills.
IST 687: 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, quality control, and publication of data.
All graduate-level iSchool IST courses are acceptable electives toward the MSIM program. Every semester, the iSchool offers “Selected Topics” courses, listed as IST 600 or IST 700, that can count toward the program. These courses are offered based on sufficient interest of a topic and not covered by standard curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. In addition, students can to take up to nine elective credits from other schools at Syracuse University, such as the Whitman School of Management and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
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.
IST 755: 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.
IST 971: Internship – 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 six credits, and waivers are available.
Guidelines for Credit Reductions and Substitutions: Students with one to three years of full-time professional experience in the information technology field may substitute the internship requirement for another three-credit course.
Students with a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience in the information technology field may reduce the credit requirement of the program by three credits, substituted by work experience.
Students with a minimum of six years of full-time professional experience in the information technology field may reduce the credit requirement of the program by six credits, substituted by work experience.
Students with a minimum of six years of full-time professional experience in the information technology field who have a record of continuously increasing job responsibilities and have demonstrated leadership growth will be eligible for executive status. Executive-status students may reduce the credit requirement of the program by 12 credits, substituted by work experience, and are eligible to use the EXIM advising guidelines.
For all credit reductions and substitutions, your resume is required, and we may request joining-leaving letters that may be audited.
Immersion – Required (Not for Credit) This two- to three-day residency workshop, offered twice per calendar year, presents emerging topics in the information studies field, and is organized and coordinated by a lead faculty member at the iSchool. Designed to bring together students from all graduate programs, workshop topics and presentations feature guest speakers from commercial, government, community, and educational organizations. Students in the MSIM program, including those designated as executive-status, must complete one residency workshop during the duration of their program of study.