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Master of Science in Information

Student Jamie Carroll studies in the Ebling Library inside the Health Sciences Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Grow your career in the rapidly expanding field of data and information with a Master of Science in Information.


Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Information from the University of Wisconsin–Madison increases your data and information literacy and provides you with a pathway into a data, information or applied computing career.

Designed with working professionals in mind, this online master’s program is flexible and can be taken on campus or online, depending on which best suits your lifestyle. It can also be taken part-time to minimize impact to your life and career. As a “stackable” program, it accepts the transfer of previously earned credits in the User Experience Design Capstone Certificate and the Analytics for Decision Making Capstone Certificate.

Our comprehensive curriculum balances quantitative with qualitative skills, focusing on building the technical skills needed to understand systems and the critical thinking, design and communication skills needed to govern and critique them. Course topics include foundational information science, data ethics, statistics, data flow analysis, communications, cultural competencies and data and project management knowledge, with additional concentration areas in user experience/interaction design and data analytics and data management.

The need for technology and data-savvy professionals has never been greater, and graduates of the Master of Science in Information will be prepared and qualified to take on a variety of roles across industries including corporations, startups, nonprofits and government organizations.

Is this program right for you?

The Master of Science in Information from the University of Wisconsin–Madison increases your data and information literacy and provides you with a pathway into a data, information or applied computing career.

Designed with working professionals in mind, this online master’s program is flexible and can be taken on campus or online, depending on which best suits your lifestyle. It can also be taken part-time to minimize impact to your life and career. As a “stackable” program, it accepts the transfer of previously earned credits in the User Experience Design Capstone Certificate and the Analytics for Decision Making Capstone Certificate.

Our comprehensive curriculum balances quantitative with qualitative skills, focusing on building the technical skills needed to understand systems and the critical thinking, design and communication skills needed to govern and critique them. Course topics include foundational information science, data ethics, statistics, data flow analysis, communications, cultural competencies and data and project management knowledge, with additional concentration areas in user experience/interaction design and data analytics and data management.

The need for technology and data-savvy professionals has never been greater, and graduates of the Master of Science in Information will be prepared and qualified to take on a variety of roles across industries including corporations, startups, nonprofits and government organizations.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

How you'll learn

  • Face-to-face or fully online curriculum; you choose which mode works best for you.
  • Internship course gives you real-world experience.

Sample curriculum

Required

  • Introduction to Analytics
  • Relational Database Design and Management
  • Systems Analysis and Project Management
  • Data and Algorithms: Ethics Policy or Information Ethics and Policy
  • Strategic Information Services
  • Internship/Field Experience

Electives

  • User Experience Design 1
  • User Experience Design 2
  • User Experience Design 3
  • User Experience Design Capstone
  • Data Mining Planning and Management
  • Data Visualization and Communications
  • Data Management for Information Professionals

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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