Master of Professional Studies in Informatics

Campus Locations Boston, Online
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


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.


Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 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 (24 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 6030 Computer Systems and Networks 3 q.h.
ITC 6035 Information Technology Project Management 3 q.h.
ITC 6040 Informatics Capstone 3 q.h.
ITC 6045 Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility 3 q.h.
ITC 6300 Foundations of Information Security Management 3 q.h.

If students prefer to focus their studies on a particular concentration, they may select 18-20 q.h. from one of the concentrations below, and complement their studies with 3-4 q.h. of elective courses (listed at the end of the curriculum), to meet the minimum 45 q.h. degree requirement.

Students are not required to complete a concentration. Any combination of 21-24 q.h. from concentration and elective courses will satisfy degree requirement.

Information Security Management Concentration (18-20 q.h.)

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 two of the following courses:

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

Geographic Information Systems Concentration (18 q.h.)

Classes offered online only.

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.)

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 (21-23 q.h.)

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.
DGM 6145 Information Technology and Creative Practice 4 q.h.
ITC 6015 Enterprise Information Architecture 3 q.h.
ITC 6335 Data Warehousing and Data Mining 3 q.h.
ITC 6340 Mobile and Wireless Networks and Applications 3 q.h.
ITC 6345 Systems and Network Administration 3 q.h.
ITC 6355 Web Application Design and Development 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.
GIS 6370 Internet-Based GIS 3 q.h.
ITC 7120 Healthcare Information Systems 3 q.h.
PJM 6000 Project Management Practices 3 q.h.
TCC 6110 Information Architecture 4 q.h. 
TCC 6120 Usability  4 q.h. 
INT 6943 Integrative Experiential Learning 3 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

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

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $29,070.00.

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.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Demonstrate the ability to communicate, orally and in application, effectively at an elevated level those fundamental concepts behind software architecture, system development, and information security.

  2. Broad Integrated Knowledge
    Demonstrate an ability to use analytical research techniques to identify, support, implement, secure, and govern a variety of information technologies.

  3. Intellectual Skills
    Demonstrate a competency for creative problem solving and innovative thinking of technologies as a means to enhance business processing, organizational culture, and other core operations.

  4. Applied Learning
    Demonstrate the ability to analyze ethical, legal, and social impacts of information technologies in a societal and global business environment.

  5. Civic Learning
    Demonstrate an understanding of and incorporate local, national, and global relevant perspectives on the strategic role of information systems, data architectures, and information security to support today's modern and connected society.

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