Master of Professional Studies in Informatics

Campus Locations Boston, Online, Seattle
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 45
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

A relatively new and rapidly evolving area, informatics is increasingly used to solve today’s problems. Whether it’s used to create information and communication technologies, design decision support systems, develop 3-D visualizations, or devise mobile applications, informatics can be applied across a wide range of industries to address a variety of privacy, security, healthcare, environmental, educational, and social challenges.

In response, Northeastern University offers the Master of Professional Studies in Informatics. Designed to improve your computing skills and enhance your knowledge of computing applications, this master’s degree in informatics prepares you to excel in the fast-growing and dynamic field of informatics.

Program Objectives

  • Gain a strategic framework for aligning competitive strategies, core competencies, and information systems
  • Examine concepts, architectures, protocols, standards, and security models for digital networks 
  • Acquire tools and techniques for effectively managing small, medium, and large programming projects 
  • Learn how to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to research and analysis 
  • Understand what is required to research, identify, design, implement, secure, and manage technology 
  • Explore cutting-edge software principles and programming techniques

Career Outlook

As long as technology remains a driving force in our world, there will remain a keen need for professionals who can adeptly apply technology skills to solve problems. In fact, opportunities in the information technology and computing world are outstanding, with numerous jobs and attractive salaries. While overall job prospects are excellent, demand for informatics experts is expected to be even greater in the areas of healthcare, marketing, and education. Put simply, next-generation IT leaders who can foster technological change and solve complex problems are likely to be highly sought after.


Curriculum

 

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (15 q.h.)

ITC 6400 Foundations of Informatics 3 q.h.
ITC 6000 Database Management Systems  3 q.h. 
ITC 6010 Information Technology Strategy and Governance 3 q.h.
ITC 6020 Information Systems Design and Development 3 q.h.
ITC 6035 Information Technology Project Management 3 q.h.

Required Capstone and Experiential Learning Courses (6 q.h.)

ITC 6040 Informatics Capstone 3 q.h.
INT 6940 Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals 3 q.h. 

 

Concentrations (18-27 q.h.)


Analytics Concentration (24 q.h.)

Complete the following courses:

ALY 6000 Introduction to Analytics 3 q.h.
ALY 6010 Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics 3 q.h.
ALY 6020 Predictive Analytics 3 q.h.
ALY 6040 Data Mining Applications 3 q.h.
ALY 6070 Communication of Data and Data Visualization  3 q.h. 

Choose three of the following courses:

ALY 6050 Introduction to Enterprise Analytics 3 q.h.
ALY 6060 Decision Support and Business Intelligence 3 q.h.
ALY 6100 Data-Driven Decision Making 3 q.h.
ALY 6110 Data Management and Big Data 3 q.h.
ALY 6120 Leadership in Analytics  3 q.h. 
ALY 6130  Risk Management for Analytics  3 q.h. 

Cloud Computing Application and Management Concentration (24-27 q.h.)

Complete the following courses:

ITC 6420 Introduction to Cloud Computing Applications and Management 3 q.h.
ITC 6430 Enterprise IT Service Management 3 q.h.
ITC 6015 Enterprise Information Architecture 3 q.h.
ITC 6320 Information Security Technology 3 q.h.
ITC 6355 Web Application Design and Development  3 q.h. 

Choose three of the following courses:

ALY 6050 Introduction to Enterprise Analytics 3 q.h.
PJM 6205 Leading and Managing Technical Projects 3 q.h.
DGM 6145 Information Technology and Creative Practice 4 q.h.
MIS 6080 Network Security Concepts 4 q.h.
MIS 6082 Network Protection  4 q.h. 

Human-Centered Informatics Concentration (24-27 q.h.)

Complete the following courses:

NEW Fundamentals of Human Behaviors in Interactive Systems 3 q.h.
DGM 6461 Interactive Information Design 1 4 q.h.
DGM 6168 Usability and Human Interaction 4 q.h.
DGM 6268 Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media  4 q.h.

Choose three of the following courses:

DGM 6463 Interactive Information Design 2 4 q.h.
DGM 6525 Research Methods for Global User Experiences 4 q.h.
ALY 6070 Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics 3 q.h.
ITC 6355 Web Application Design and Development 3 q.h.
ITC 7120 Healthcare Information Systems  3 q.h.
DGM 6145  Information Technology and Creative Practice  4 q.h.
GIS 6370  Internet-Based GIS  3 q.h.

Information Security Management Concentration (24-26 q.h.)

Complete the following courses:

ITC 6300 Foundations of Information Security Management   
ITC 6305 IT Infrastructure 3 q.h.
ITC 6310 Information Security Governance 3 q.h.
ITC 6315 Information Security Risk Management 3 q.h.
ITC 6320 Information Security Technology 3 q.h.

Choose three of the following courses:

ITC 6325 CISA Preparation 3 q.h.
ITC 6330 CISSP Preparation 3 q.h.
ITC 6345  Systems and Network Administration  3 q.h. 
MIS 6080 Network Security Concepts  4 q.h. 
MIS 6082 Network Protection 4 q.h.

Geographic Information Systems Concentration (18 q.h.)

Classes offered online only.

Complete the following courses:

GIS 5101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 q.h.
GIS 5102 Fundamentals of GIS Analysis 3 q.h.
RMS 5105 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing 3 q.h.
GIS 5201 Advanced Spatial Analysis 3 q.h.

Choose two of the following courses:

GIS 6340 GIS Customization 3 q.h.
GIS 6350 GIS Management and Implementation 3 q.h.
GIS 6360 Spatial Databases 3 q.h.
GIS 6370 Internet-Based GIS 3 q.h.
GIS 6385 GIS/Cartography 3 q.h.
GIS 6390 Business Applications for GIS 3 q.h.
GIS 6391 Health-Care Applications of Geographic Information Systems 3 q.h.

Leading & Managing Technical Projects Concentration (18 q.h.)

Complete the following courses:

PJM 6000 Project Management Practices 3 q.h.
PJM 6205 Leading and Managing Technical Projects 3 q.h. 
PJM 6210  Communication Skills for Project Managers  3 q.h. 
PJM 6215 Leading Remote Project Teams 3 q.h.
PJM 6220 Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects 3 q.h.
ITC 6305 IT Infrastructure 3 q.h. 


Elective Courses

Select sufficient elective credits (if necessary) to reach minimum credit requirements for the degree. 

DGM 6500 Working with Digital Images 2 q.h.
DGM 6501 Web Creation Bootcamp 2 q.h.
DGM 6511 Web Creation Bootcamp 2 2 q.h.
ITC 6030 Computer Systems and Network 3 q.h. 
ITC 6340 Mobile and Wireless Networks and Applications 3 q.h.
ITC 6045 Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility 3 q.h.
GIS 5101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 q.h.
GIS 5102 Fundamentals of GIS Analysis 3 q.h.
GIS 6360 Spatial Databases 3 q.h.
PJM 6000 Project Management Practices 3 q.h.
TCC 6110 Information Architecture 4 q.h. 

Required minimum credit hours: between 45-47 q.h. depending on the selected concentration


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,195.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

Designed for individuals working in healthcare, IT consulting, education, finance, manufacturing, and communications, this program prepares IT professionals for management positions. Applicants to this program may have the following job titles:

  • Computer technician
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems administrator
  • Software engineer
  • User interface specialist
  • Network engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Database administrator
  • Application developer
  • Web application developer
  • Information security specialist
  • Data communications specialist
  • Application programmer
  • Web programmer
  • Project manager
  • Software architect
  • IS manager
  • Technical support specialist

A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in business, communication, information systems management, or computer science. While not mandatory, 5-15 years of previous experience is preferred.


Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Propose and develop new ICT solutions using fundamental concepts behind software architecture, system design and development, information security, and information management.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Design and execute an applied or investigative work that draws on a multidisciplinary approach to research and analysis in informatics.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Apply analytical techniques and research methods to identify, support, implement, secure, and govern within a variety of information technology environments.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Assess a complex issue that incorporates the ethical, legal, and social impacts of information technology and knowledge management within a societal and global business context.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within course work or beyond the classroom.

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