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Syracuse University

MS Program in Information Management

Syracuse, NY


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Syracuse University School of Information Studies

The School of Information Studies (iSchool) is the original information school in the nation. At the iSchool the focus is on users and user information needs as a starting point for integrating information and information technology into organizations. The university's interdisciplinary philosophy means that students from any academic or professional background have the opportunity to thrive in their program. Their faculty includes professors who are top researchers in their field, and professors of practice who bring a wealth of knowledge from practical experience in the field of IT. Graduates of the program have gone on to become consultants and analysts, work for technology giants and the U.S. Government, and work for exciting startup companies - or found their own.

Top Ranked

"US News and World Report" ranks Syracuse University's School of Information Studies (iSchool) number 4 in the country for Information Systems for Library and Information.

Master's in Information Management Degree Program

New ways of using information and Internet-based and emerging technologies are revolutionizing the structure and operation of organizations. Today, information management enables integrated business processes that extend the entire information supply chain from consumer to provider to government to user. Corporate profitability and non-profits alike are transformed in ways that no one ever imagined, and as a result enhance the effective delivery of public services. Information Management graduates are prepared to make suggestions to companies for reforming and changing the way they do business to prevent high risks and failures that can bring down their company. Graduates learn to objectively examine, dissect, and critique business decisions such as software products, technology architecture, tech-decisions, purchasing decisions, staffing, and project management procedures. The 42-credit curriculum includes a 9-credit primary core requirement, a 15-credit secondary core requirement across three core areas, 8 to 15 credits of electives, and a three to nine credit exit requirement. Full time students typically complete the degree in two years.

Executive Program in Information Management

Students with six or more years of appropriate full-time professional experience in the information management field and who demonstrate appropriate professional qualifications may apply to the Master of Science in Information Management degree program's executive track. Those who are accepted into the executive track may waive the internship requirement, and reduce the number of credit hours required for the degree to 30.

Certificates of Advance Study

With a little planning, it's possible for students to receive both an MS and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from the iSchool with no additional coursework necessary. Students can take a CAS concurrently with their master's program. Popular CAS choices for Information Management students include: Data Science and Information Security Management.

Online or On Campus

Since 1993, the iSchool at Syracuse University has been offering high-quality, graduate-level distance learning opportunities to students around the world. With limited residencies and asynchronous course delivery, students can learn virtually anytime, anywhere, earning Syracuse University degrees with flexible study schedules and no need to relocate. This flexibility attracts some of the best professionals in their related fields and the online classroom becomes an environment that enhances engagement and expands professional networks. Online courses are of the same academic rigor as on-campus courses, and every effort is made to ensure that the academic experience is of equally excellent quality for both distance and campus students. The only difference is the delivery mode. Graduates of the School of Information Studies distance programs receive the same degrees as their campus counterparts.

Career Services

The iSchool has a dedicated Employer Relations and Career Services team to help students prepare for careers in the information field and to connect students with internships and full-time employment opportunities.


The iSchool's 50+ full-time faculty members combine expertise in information systems, linguistics, computer science, library science, education, business management, school media, digital literacy, management information systems, telecommunications, wireless and emerging technologies, and communication. The faculty members are very active in research topics that reflect their diverse intellectual backgrounds and interests.

Scholarship Awards

The iSchool offers merit awards to aid students in pursuing graduate degrees in Information Management ranging from graduate. Merit based aid includes endowed awards, graduate assistantships, and Europe/Eurasia Scholarships.

Veterans and Military

Syracuse University is proud to have a tradition of service, and the iSchool continues that tradition by offering veterans cutting-edge curricula, the highest quality online and distance programming, and an opportunity to connect veterans with the people, resources, and programs they want to pursue at the University. Syracuse University is a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Application fees are waived for all veterans.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Yes
Spring deadline October 15th October 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Personal statement, two letters of recommendation, resume

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 100

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards January 1
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans


Focus of faculty research: Increasing the effectiveness of managers and executives who work with information resources, designing and managing mission-critical information technologies within organizations, developing corporate and government policies to maximize the benefits resulting from the widespread use of these technologies
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 343 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY  13244
United States
Contact Mr. Carsten Oesterlund
Program Director
Phone: 315-443-2911
Fax: 315-443-6886

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