The Master of Professional Studies in Informatics prepares you to excel in the fast-growing and dynamic field of informatics.
Duration of Program
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
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 human-centered information systems to handling data and information security and creating mobile applications, informatics professionals bring technical expertise to bear on a wide range of challenges involving the usability, reliability, privacy, safety, and security of information.
This program prepares students to be successful for IT applications and management positions through a balanced curriculum that combines information science knowledge and technical skills training with an understanding of business fundamentals and strategic thinking regarding IT innovation. By connecting computing skills and applications to real-world challenges of information strategy, data governance, ethics and business intelligence, students earn competency in the areas of information technology management, system design and development, information security, human-computer interaction, data analytics, cloud computing and web services, and enterprise architecture.
Online and on-ground programs provide flexibility to working professionals and international students who want to advance in Information Technology and Management
Program draws students from diverse educational backgrounds
Experiential learning experience provides students the opportunity to work on real-world business projects
A STEM-designated graduate degree allows international students to have extended period of Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Balanced technical skill training and management courses, combined with real-world projects to demonstrate competency required for Information Technology Management
Learn programming techniques and database management, and explore cutting-edge industry-demanded software and tools
Gain a strategic framework and competitive strategies to design and develop information systems
Examine concepts, architectures, protocols, standards, and security models for digital networks
Acquire sufficient cloud computing skills for effectively managing IT resources in small, medium, and large business units
Adopt a multidisciplinary approach to real-world research, data analysis, and problem-solving
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.
"Courses in human-computer interaction, also known as user experience, really helped me get my co-op at Bose. Co-ops/internships offered at Northeastern, combining rigorous classroom studies with real-world experience, are helping create eligible professionals for the industry."
Alumnus, Rasesh Saraiya, Front-End Engineer at Amazon
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
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Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.
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Below is a look at where our Informatics alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.