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Rensselaer Catalog 2012-2013 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2012-2013 [Archived Catalog]

Information Technology M.S.


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Both a professional and research track are offered for the M.S. in IT degree.  

Students admitted to the M.S. in IT develop an approved Plan of Study. 

  • Ten courses (a minimum of 30 credits)
  • A minimum of six courses (18 credit hours or more) at the graduate level (6xxx-level courses)
  • Five core courses; one from each of the five core areas.  For the research track, replace the “Management of Technology” core course requirement with one of the two-semester ITWS 6990 Master’s Thesis or ITWS 6980 Master’s Project
  • A minimum of three courses (nine credit hours or more) in an approved Concentration
  • One elective approved by the adviser to add further depth to the degree
  • One of:  ITWS 6800 - Information Technology Master’s Capstone, ITWS 6990 - Master’s Thesis, or ITWS 6980 - Master’s Project

The Financial Engineering Concentration requires completion of an upper level finance course prior to enrollment.

The core and concentration courses are designed to accommodate a wide range of backgrounds. If students have previously completed the basic required Core course, they must then complete the next level required course to add depth in that core area. For example, if an equivalent course to Database Systems was completed in a prior degree, the Core area requirement could be satisfied by taking Database Mining. Students may request transfer credit only for the elective, subject to adviser approval. Additionally, no more than half of all credits used towards the M.S. in IT degree may be taken from courses offered by the Lally School of Management and Technology. These courses are coded MGMT.

The M.S. in IT Master’s Capstone course integrates the knowledge and professional practice of IT core and concentration courses. The Capstone utilizes an Information Technology Team Project with a real organization to practice the major concepts of the IT master’s degree. The Team Project involves strategic and business planning, systems development, and technology implementation. Expertise in database systems, networking, software design, decision sciences, management of technology, human computer interaction, and ethics are applied within a framework of global e-business strategy.

Core courses are generally taken in the fall and concentration courses in the spring. Full-time students normally begin in the fall term and take five courses in the fall and five the following spring to complete the program. Part-time students typically complete the program in two and one-half years of continuous study. Students may elect to extend the program to three semesters enabling the completion of two concentrations (12 courses) and a paid summer or summer/fall internship.

Rensselaer currently offers numerous Ph.D. degrees with significant information technology and web science related research, e.g. computational chemistry and physics, science and technology studies, decision sciences, applied mathematics, and human-computer interaction, among many others. Students who are planning doctoral study may choose to apply simultaneously for admission to the Ph.D. in the relevant Rensselaer department and also for the M.S. in IT.

M.S. in IT Core Requirements


To acquire a breadth of IT experience, master’s degree students take the five Core courses listed below. Alternate courses are also listed for those who have previously completed the required Core course. Also noted is the usual term in which the required Troy campus Core course is offered. Course offerings change frequently to keep pace with rapid advancement in IT; some courses are delivered in alternate years. Please see the Troy ITWS Web site for the most current information: itws.rpi.edu.

M.S. in IT Core Area


Database Systems


Networking


Software Design


Mangement of Technology


  • ITWS 6300 - Business Issues for Engineers and Scientists Credit Hours: 4 (undergraduate); 3 (graduate) (Professional track only) - Offered fall/spring terms
  • ITWS 6990 - Master’s Thesis Credit Hours: 3 or ITWS 6980 - Master’s Project Credit Hours: 3 (Research track only) - Offered fall/spring terms

Human-Computer Interaction


  • COMM 6965 - Human Media Interaction - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered spring term

MS in IT Advanced Core


Students who have already completed the core courses listed above select one of the advanced courses noted below.

Database Systems


  • ITWS 6900 Semantic e-Science - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6900 Data Science - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6900 X-informatics - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered spring term

Networking


  • CSCI 6960 Cryptography and Network Security — Offered fall term

Sofware Design


  • ITWS 6900 Semantic e-Science - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6900 Data Science - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6900 X-informatics - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered spring term

Management of Technology


Human Computer Interaction


One of:


  • ITWS 6800 - Information Technology Master’s Capstone Credit Hours: 3 Offered fall/spring terms
  • ITWS 6980 - Master’s Project Credit Hours: 3 Offered fall/spring terms
  • ITWS 6990 - Master’s Thesis Credit Hours: 3 Offered fall/spring terms

Concentration Requirements


The ITWS faculty designed the concentrations to provide an in-depth, leading-edge experience in the application of information technology. Students often select areas that complement their prior backgrounds (e.g., students with strong computer backgrounds may select MIS or Information Systems Engineering). Alternately, some students select a Concentration related to their prior backgrounds and then expand on that background through higher-level course work. The course taken to complete a Core requirement does not count toward the Concentration.

Rensselaer’s course offerings are dynamic and new courses are developed each term, making course listings subject to change. Some courses are offered in alternate years.  For current status, please visit itws.rpi.edu.

Networking


Select three of the following courses:

  • CSCI 6960 - Cryptography and Network Security I — Credit Hours: 3 - Offered fall term

Financial Engineering


With adviser approval, choose three additional courses for a total of five courses:


Human-Computer Interaction


Select three of the following courses:

  • COMM 6960 - HCI Prototype Production - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered fall term
  • COMM 6960 - Human-Media Interaction - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered spring term
  • COMM 6960 - Interaction Design for the 21st Century - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered summer term

Database and Intelligent Systems


Select three of the following courses:

  • ITWS 6960 - Semantic e-Science - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6960 - Data Science - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6960 - X-informatics - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered spring term

Software Design


Select three of the following courses:

  • CSCI 4960 - Open Source Software - Credit Hours: 4 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6960 - Semantic e-Science - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6960 - Data Science - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6960 - X-informatics - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered spring term

Information Systems Engineering


Select three of the following courses:



  • ISYE 6960 - Stochastic Models for Inventory Supply Chain and Management - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered fall term
  • MGMT 6965 - Internet Marketing - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered spring term

Management Information Systems


Select three of the following courses:
(See footnote 1 below)

  • CSCI 6964 - Cloud Computing - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered fall term
  • MGMT 6960 - Internet Marketing - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered spring term

Information Security


Select two or three of the following courses:


  • CSCI 6960 Cryptography & Network Security  Credit Hours: 3 Offered fall term

If only two of the above were chosen, select one more from the following courses:


Web Science


Select two of the following courses:


  • ITWS 6900 Semantic e-Science - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6900 Data Science - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered fall term
  • ITWS 6900 X-informatics - Credit Hours:  3 - Offered spring term
  • ITWS 6900 Advanced Semantic Technology - Credit Hours: 3 Offered spring term

Select one of the following courses:


  • COMM 6960 - Information Architecture - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered spring term
  • MGMT 6960 Internet Market - Credit Hours: 3 - Offered spring term

Footnotes


  1. A maximum of five management courses (code: MGMT) may be taken towards the IT degree.

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