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Earn a Master’s Degree from SCI

There has never been a better time to earn a degree in the exciting field of computing and information. Data is all around us and used in nearly every facet of society. Now more than ever, there is a need for professionals who can collect, manage, and understand this data as well as develop the tools that empower society to harness it. Scroll down to learn more about how a degree from SCI can help you!

As part of the Pitt2Pitt program, we are encouraging students to gain critical skills in the fields of computing and information to excel in their careers. Learn more about the Pitt2Pitt program.


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Admissions Criteria and Application Process

The following information pertains to the admissions requirements required for guaranteed admission to each program:

Program Pitt Seniors Major Minimum GPA
Master of Library and Information Science All Majors 3.0
Master of Science in Information Science STEM Majors 3.0
Master of Science in Telecommunications STEM Majors 3.0

All applications are due by July 1. When applying, click the button below and select “Pitt2Pitt” as your application type after creating/signing into your account.

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Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

The 36-credit Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree program at SCI will prepare you to manage data in a variety of contexts. Through our comprehensive coursework and experiential Design Methods Sequence, you will gain a fundamental understanding in the skills, knowledge, and ethical practices required serve the information needs of specific communities.

This unique program offers both on-campus and online delivery completed in three consecutive terms of full time study (or in twelve terms of part time study).

Our MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Associate and has consistently been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top-ten Library Information Science programs in the country.

The MLIS degree program provides numerous thematic areas that will allow you to focus your education on the topics that further your career goals.
  • Academic Information Services
  • Archives and Information Science
  • Children and Youth Services
  • Civic Engagement
  • Information Technology
  • Public Library Services
  • School Library Certification Program (SLCP)
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Data management and information curation is necessary in nearly every sector – industry, government, academic, healthcare, and non-profit. Graduates of our MLIS program have made an impact at the University of Pittsburgh, New York City School District, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress.

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Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS)

The 36-credit Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) degree program will provide you with more than just technical expertise; you’ll learn how to connect people with technologies that can enhance lives, businesses, and society. Our MSIS program provides a strong foundation in information access and retrieval, systems design and management, and human-computer interaction, and offers courses in key areas such as interactive system design, social computing, data mining, machine learning, network and wireless technologies, and cloud computing.

Our program will enable you to hone your skills with a variety of specializations that give you the tools succeed in your chosen field.
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Database and Web Systems
  • Geoinformatics
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Information Security
  • Telecommunications and Distributed Systems
Our courses are designed and taught by faculty who are experts in their fields, with rich research programs in areas such as intelligent educational technologies, social Web and computing, large scale data mining and analysis, geospatial information and urban informatics, human centered computing and modeling, human and social dynamics, and information policy.

Students in our MSIS program come from a wide variety of backgrounds. They have earned undergraduate degrees in psychology, business, math, physics, education, architecture, environmental science, and health sciences, as well as information science, computer science and computer engineering.

Because we actively seek out students from non-technology backgrounds, the Department is skilled at facilitating a quick, but thorough grounding in the required programming and mathematical aspects. If you do not have programming experience or a working knowledge of discrete math/calculus, don’t worry. We have coursework to bring your skills and knowledge in those areas up to the level which ensures success in our programs!

In August 2020, we’ll be offering a month-long workshop to introduce you to programming, algorithms, data structures, and mathematical concepts that are important to the Information Science and Telecommunications fields.

Whether you go into industry, government, healthcare, academia, or the non-profit sector, our MSIS program will prepare you to make lasting contributions that will help society collect, manage, secure, and maintain its data. Recent graduates have found exciting careers at:
  • Allegheny Health Network
  • Amazon
  • Ancestry.com
  • Discovery Robotics
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • ThermoFisher Scientific
  • United Steelworkers
  • UPMC

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Master of Science in Telecommunications (MST)

Be prepared to respond to the rapid changes in technology that are influencing the Telecommunications industry with our 37-credit Master of Science in Telecommunications (MST) degree program. The MST program produces professionals who will design, build, and manage networks which must consider how people and businesses will use those networks. Coursework covers the design of wireless networks, network science and analysis, and network security and performance enhancement.

Now more than ever, we depend upon reliable and efficient networks to facilitate communications, business, manufacturing and finance, and daily life. Continual changes and increasing demand will challenge telecommunications infrastructure and components, network operators, and policy makers.  Telecommunications professionals now need a broader set of skills and knowledge to support innovations in wireless and computer communications, Internet of Things, augmented reality/virtual reality), autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and telehealth applications.

Because we actively seek out students from non-technology backgrounds, the Department is skilled at facilitating a quick, but thorough grounding in the required programming and mathematical aspects. If you do not have programming experience or a working knowledge of discrete math/calculus, don’t worry. We have coursework to bring your skills and knowledge in those areas up to the level which ensures success in our programs!

In August 2020, we’ll be offering a month-long workshop to introduce you to programming, algorithms, data structures, and mathematical concepts that are important to the Information Science and Telecommunications fields.

MST graduates are applying their skills to make a difference at:
  • Amazon
  • Bayer Healthcare
  • China Telecom Americas
  • East West Bank
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Hitachi Rail STS
  • Juniper Networks

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