Informatics, MPS

A relatively new and rapidly evolving area, informatics is increasingly used to solve today’s problems. Whether it’s used to create information and communication technologies, design decision support systems, develop 3-D visualizations, or devise mobile applications, informatics can be applied across a wide range of industries to address a variety of privacy, security, healthcare, environmental, educational, and social challenges. In response, Northeastern University offers the Master of Professional Studies in Informatics. Designed to improve your computing skills and enhance your knowledge of computing applications, this master’s degree seeks to prepare you to excel in the fast-growing and dynamic field of informatics.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

ITC 6400Foundations of Informatics3
ITC 6000Database Management Systems3
ITC 6010Information Technology Strategy and Governance3
ITC 6020Information Systems Design and Development3
ITC 6035Information Technology Project Management3
Capstone and Experiential Learning
ITC 6040Informatics Capstone3
INT 6940Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals1-4

Optional Concentrations

Students are not required to complete one of the following concentrations, but they must complete 24 credit hours of course work approved by their career and academic coach.

Information Security Management

ITC 6300Foundations of Information Security3
ITC 6305IT Infrastructure (Systems, Networks, Telecom)3
ITC 6310Information Security Governance3
ITC 6315Information Security Risk Management3
ITC 6320Information Security Technology (Complete three of the following courses)3
Complete one of the following: 3-4
CISA Preparation
CISSP Preparation
Network Security Concepts
Network Protection

Geographic Information Systems 

Classes offered online only:
GIS 5103Foundations of Geographic Information Science4
RMS 5105Fundamentals of Remote Sensing3
GIS 5201Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Complete three of the following:9
GIS Customization
Planning a GIS Implementation
Spatial Databases
Internet-Based GIS
Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems

Leading and Managing Technical Projects

PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
PJM 6205Leading and Managing Technical Projects3
PJM 6210Communication Skills for Project Managers3
PJM 6215Leading Remote Project Teams3
PJM 6810Principles of Agile Project Management3
PJM 6825Agile Lean Product Development3


ALY 6000Introduction to Analytics3
ALY 6010Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics3
ALY 6020Predictive Analytics3
ALY 6040Data Mining Applications3
ALY 6070Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics3
Complete one of the following: 3
Intermediate Analytics
Data Warehousing and SQL
Data Management and Big Data

Human-Centered Informatics 

ITC 6410Fundamentals of Human Behaviors for Interactive Systems3
DGM 6461Interactive Information Design 14
DGM 6168Usability and Human Interaction4
DGM 6268Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media4
Complete one of the following: 3-4
Interactive Information Design 2
Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
Web Application Design and Development

Cloud Computing Application and Management 

ITC 6420Introduction to Cloud Computing Applications and Management3
ITC 6450Advanced Cloud Computing Applications and Management3
ITC 6015Enterprise Information Architecture3
ITC 6320Information Security Technology3
ITC 6355Web Application Design and Development3
Complete one of the following: 3-4
Network Protection
Cloud Analytics
Enterprise Data Storage and Management Technologies


Complete 5–6 quarter hours from the following:6
Web Creation Boot Camp
Web Creation for Content Management Systems
Information Technology and Creative Practice
Interdisciplinary Foundations
Spatial Databases
Computer Systems and Networks
Network Security Concepts
Network Protection
Enterprise Information Technology Service Management
Mobile and Wireless Networks and Applications
Systems and Network Administration
Introduction to Enterprise Analytics
Decision Support and Business Intelligence
Data-Driven Decision Making
Data Management and Big Data
Leadership in Analytics
Risk Management for Analytics
Intermediate Analytics
Data Warehousing and SQL
Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
Foundations of Geographic Information Science
GIS Customization
Spatial Databases
Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Project Management Practices
Leading and Managing Technical Projects
Information Architecture

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required