Why Penn State
We know there’s a lot to consider when deciding to earn your Master of Science in Information Science. Why should you choose Penn State Great Valley?
- Work with local companies and faculty on research projects through the Big Data Lab, Do iT Lab, and Smart Systems Research Group.
- Pursue your degree at your own pace, completing in as little as two years if attending part-time.
- Complete full-time within 12-18 months.
- Become a part of the more than 750,000 Penn State alumni across the world.
- Courses taught by world-class faculty and industry experts.
- No GMAT or GRE scores required.
- Program is STEM designated.
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- Prepare for a career in data visualization, security, cloud computing and storage, and more.
- Learn essential technical and leadership skills.
- Partner with alumni and local employers on relevant projects while fostering industry connections, networking, and job opportunities.
- Navigate problems that span a variety of industries.
- Immerse yourself in small classes and develop meaningful relationships with faculty and classmates who are business professionals and managers in the private and public sectors.
- Engage with faculty actively involved in key research areas like blockchain, applied machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), smart services, smart systems, cybersecurity, data mining, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
- Take advantage of Career Management Services, which offers a variety of programs, resources, and networking opportunities for students and graduates.
- Benefit from a STEM designated program, allowing 36 months total of Optional Practical Training (OPT).
In U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 "Best Online Programs," Penn State Great Valley is ranked:
- #3 in master’s in engineering programs
- #10 (tie) in master’s in computer information technology programs
In U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 "Best Online Programs for Veterans," Penn State Great Valley is ranked:
- #1 in master’s in engineering
- Courses are offered either in an in-person/online hybrid format or fully online.
- Fully in-person courses are available each semester to comply with visa requirements.
- Ability to simultaneously pursue another degree as part of the concurrent degree program.
- The 33-credit degree offers a balance of information systems and management theories, delving into:
- Information system architecture
- Big data and IT emerging technologies
- IT integration and business operations and continuity support
- Cybersecurity, protection, and prevention
- Enterprise IT solution design
- Enterprise digital transformation
- The program culminates with a research experience that brings together theoretical and practical experience in an exploratory format.
- Recent projects include automatically generating text and audio captions for video indexing and improved accessibility, predicting the taste of small molecules through advanced deep learning algorithms, classifying negative online behavior, enhancing business automation, and more.
- Coursework from Cyber Threat Analytics and Prevention and Data Analytics graduate certificates easily transfers to degree program.