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
Required Capstone and Experiential Learning Courses
ITC 6040Informatics Capstone3
INT 6940Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals1-4

Concentration Courses

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

Concentration in 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 three of the following: 9-11
CISA Preparation
CISSP Preparation
Systems and Network Administration
Network Security Concepts
Network Protection
Concentration in Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 5102Fundamentals of GIS Analysis3
RMS 5105Fundamentals of Remote Sensing3
GIS 5201Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Complete two of the following:6
GIS Customization
Planning a GIS Implementation
Spatial Databases
Internet-Based GIS
Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Concentration in 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 6220Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects3
ITC 6305IT Infrastructure (Systems, Networks, Telecom)3
Concentration in Program and Portfolio Management
PJM 6710Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management3
PJM 6715Advanced Program Management3
PJM 6720Advanced Portfolio Management3
PJM 6725Program and Portfolio Leadership3
PJM 6730Program and Portfolio Evaluation3
PJM 6735Program and Portfolio Management Capstone3
Concentration in Analytics
ALY 6000Introduction to Analytics3
ALY 6010Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics3
ALY 6020Predictive Analytics3
ALY 6040Data Mining Applications3
Complete three of the following: 9
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
Concentration in 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 three of the following: 9-12
Interactive Information Design 2
Research Methods for Global User Experiences
Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
Web Application Design and Development
Healthcare Information Systems
Information Technology and Creative Practice
Internet-Based GIS
Concentration in Cloud Computing Application and Management
ITC 6420Introduction to Cloud Computing Applications and Management3
ITC 6430Enterprise Information Technology Service Management3
ITC 6015Enterprise Information Architecture3
ITC 6320Information Security Technology3
ITC 6355Web Application Design and Development3
Complete three of the following: 10-12
Introduction to Enterprise Analytics
Leading and Managing Technical Projects
Information Technology and Creative Practice
Network Security Concepts
Network Protection

Elective Courses

Select sufficient elective credits (if necessary) to reach minimum credit requirements for the degree. 

DGM 6500Working with Digital Images2
DGM 6501Web Creation Boot Camp2
DGM 6511Web Creation Bootcamp 22
INPS 5184Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations2-3
or EDU 6184 Interdisciplinary Foundations
ITC 6030Computer Systems and Networks3
ITC 6340Mobile and Wireless Networks and Applications3
ITC 6045Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility3
GIS 5101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 5102Fundamentals of GIS Analysis3
GIS 6360Spatial Databases3
PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
TCC 6110Information Architecture4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required