Informatics

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Boston
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Why Informatics?

The Master of Professional Studies in Informatics prepares you to excel in the fast-growing and dynamic field of informatics.

In today’s technology-driven information economy, informatics—the analysis and design of how human beings interact with information—has applications across many industries, including healthcare, consulting, education, finance, manufacturing, and communications. From designing decision support systems to developing 3-D visualizations, creating mobile applications, or managing information and communication technologies, informatics professionals bring technical expertise to bear on a wide range of challenges involving the usability, reliability, privacy, safety, and security of information. 

This innovative program prepares IT professionals for management positions by connecting computing skills and applications to real-world issues of information strategy, data governance, ethics, and business intelligence.


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Unique Features

  • Boston location on flagship campus in a dynamic city known as a hub of technology and innovation
  • Elective option for integrated experiential learning
  • Students can choose a concentration and from a diverse selection of electives, including web creation bootcamps

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 multidisciplinary 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

Concentrations

  • Cloud Computing—Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including applications, data storage, databases, servers, software, and intelligence and analytics tools—through the internet or “the cloud.” This concentration prepares future IT professionals equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter careers as cloud engineers, cloud migration specialists, and cloud infrastructure architects.
  • Information Security Management—Information security management ensures and protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and information assets from threats and vulnerability. This concentration prepares students for a range of security-related career roles, such as security analysts, audit and compliance specialists, and security managers.
  • Leading and Managing Technical Projects—Project management is the act of initiating, planning, and monitoring the progress of a project and coordinating all parties involved so it can be completed within the specified time frame, budget, and goals. The Leading and Managing Technical Projects concentration is specifically focused on creating project managers within the IT industry who are skilled at risk management, critical thinking, and leadership.
  • Human-Centered Informatics—Human-centered informatics is a multidisciplinary field of study focusing on the interaction between humans and technology. It examines various kinds of complex sociotechnical information systems to understand human, technical, social, and institutional strengths and weaknesses. Graduates of this concentration will be well-suited for careers as UI/UX designers, product designers, human behavior researchers, web developers, and more.
  • Analytics—Data analytics uses computational tools to conduct data analysis in order to improve decision making, customer service, effective marketing, and operations for an organization. This concentration prepares students with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to collect, clean, organize, process, classify, and interpret Big Data. Graduates of this concentration will be well-suited for careers as data analysts, data visualization developers, data engineers, and data storage architects.

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Professional Studies in Informatics Required Courses
ITC 6400 - Foundations of Informatics
3.00
ITC 6000 - Database Management Systems
3.00
ITC 6010 - Information Technology Strategy and Governance
3.00
ITC 6020 - Information Systems Design and Development
3.00
ITC 6035 - Information Technology Project Management
3.00

Capstone and Experiential Learning 

ITC 6040 - Informatics Capstone
3.00
INT 6940 - Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals
1.00 - 4.00

Electives

Complete 5–6 quarter hours from the following:

DGM 6501 - Web Creation Boot Camp
2.00
DGM 6521 - Web Creation for Content Management Systems
2.00
DGM 6145 - Information Technology and Creative Practice
4.00
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00
ITC 6030 - Computer Systems and Networks
3.00
ITC 6080 - Network Security Concepts
3.00
ITC 6082 - Network Protection
3.00
ITC 6430 - Enterprise Information Technology Service Management
3.00
ITC 6340 - Mobile and Wireless Networks and Applications
3.00
ITC 6345 - Systems and Network Administration
3.00
ALY 6050 - Introduction to Enterprise Analytics
3.00
ALY 6060 - Decision Support and Business Intelligence
3.00
ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
3.00
ALY 6120 - Leadership in Analytics
3.00
ALY 6130 - Risk Management for Analytics
3.00
ALY 6015 - Intermediate Analytics
3.00
ALY 6030 - Data Warehousing and SQL
3.00
GIS 5103 - Foundations of Geographic Information Science
4.00
GIS 6340 - GIS Customization
3.00
GIS 6360 - Spatial Databases
3.00
GIS 6391 - Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
3.00
ITC 6045 - Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
3.00
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
PJM 6205 - Leading and Managing Technical Projects
3.00
TCC 6110 - Information Architecture
4.00

Concentrations

Analytics
ALY 6000 - Introduction to Analytics
3.00
ALY 6010 - Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics
3.00
ALY 6015 - Intermediate Analytics
3.00
ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
3.00

Complete one of the following:

ALY 6020 - Predictive Analytics
3.00
ALY 6030 - Data Warehousing and SQL
3.00
ALY 6040 - Data Mining Applications
3.00
ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
3.00
Cloud Computing Application and Management
ITC 6420 - Introduction to Cloud Computing Applications and Management
3.00
ITC 6450 - Advanced Cloud Computing Applications and Management
3.00
ITC 6015 - Enterprise Information Architecture
3.00
ITC 6320 - Information Security Technology
3.00
ITC 6355 - Web Application Design and Development
3.00

Complete one of the following:

ITC 6082 - Network Protection
3.00
ITC 6460 - Cloud Analytics
3.00
ITC 6470 - Enterprise Data Storage and Management Technologies
3.00
ITC 6480 - Amazon Web Service (AWS) Cloud Architecting
4.00
Human-Centered Informatics
ITC 6410 - Fundamentals of Human Behaviors for Interactive Systems
3.00
DGM 6461 - Interactive Information Design 1
4.00
DGM 6168 - Usability and Human Interaction
4.00
DGM 6268 - Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media
4.00

Complete one of the following:

DGM 6463 - Interactive Information Design 2
4.00
ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
3.00
ITC 6355 - Web Application Design and Development
3.00
Information Security Management

ITC 6300 - Foundations of Information Security
3.00
ITC 6305 - IT Infrastructure (Systems, Networks, Telecom)
3.00
ITC 6315 - Information Security Risk Management
3.00
ITC 6320 - Information Security Technology
3.00
ITC 6490 - Ethical Hacking
3.00

Complete one of the following:

ITC 6325 - CISA Preparation
3.00
ITC 6330 - CISSP Preparation
3.00
ITC 6080 - Network Security Concepts
3.00
ITC 6082 - Network Protection
3.00
   

Leading and Managing Technical Projects

PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
PJM 6205 - Leading and Managing Technical Projects
3.00
PJM 6210 - Communication Skills for Project Managers
3.00
PJM 6215 - Leading Remote Project Teams
3.00
PJM 6810 - Principles of Agile Project Management
3.00
PJM 6825 - Agile Lean Product Development
3.00
 

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

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Did You Know?

Northeastern University's Master of Professional Studies in Informatics is designed for individuals working in healthcare, IT consulting, education, finance, manufacturing, and communications, and prepares IT professionals for management positions.

Average Time to Completion

1.5-3 years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

Yes