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Graduate Bulletin

Information Science and Technology, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: December 15                        

Spring: August 1

Applications are reviewed as they are received up through the deadline. Applications will be considered after the deadline.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from Computer Science faculty and professionals.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

A minimum of one year of programming and data structures using an object-oriented programming language such as Visual Basic .NET, C++, or Java is strongly advised.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in Information Science and Technology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Science, or Engineering is advised. Students without an IS&T or CS degree are normally required to take the following three graduate-level Foundation courses:

CIS 5001:  Client-Server Application Programming

CIS 5002:  Database Design and Programming

CIS 5003:  Networking and Operating Systems

These three courses cannot be counted for credit toward the M.S. degree.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Scores on the GRE should be in the 65th percentile on the quantitative section and at least in the 25th percentile on the verbal section. Most students submit scores far above the minimums.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.

A score of 45 or greater on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or a score of 28 or greater on the TOEFL iBT Speaking Score is required for international applicants who wish to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate-level Information Science and Technology coursework obtained no more than five years prior to the student's matriculation in the graduate program may be transferred into the program. The student must have earned an "A" in the course, and must submit a rationale for applying the credits to the current graduate program. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 27

Required Courses:
Core courses (12 credits):

CIS 5105:  IT Process Management

CIS 5106:  System Development Process

CIS 5107:  Computer Systems Security and Privacy

CIS 5108:  Emerging Technologies and Tools for Enterprise Management

Capstone course (3 credits):

CIS 9991:  Project in Computer Science

Four electives (12 credits):

Electives are normally selected from graduate CIS courses, but may be chosen from other departments upon approval of the IS&T Program Committee.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

This program has no culminating events.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Computer and Information Science
Wachman Hall, 3rd Floor (038-24)
1805 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Department Contacts:


Karen Woods-Wilson



Program Coordinator:

Jacalyn Harriz



M.S. in IS&T Program Director:

Frank L. Friedman




Jie Wu

About the Program

The M.S. in Information Science and Technology provides advanced knowledge in the technology of information systems development across a variety of application settings.  Students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to analyze and understand problems in different application domains and apply current technology to help solve these problems.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Computer and Information Science
Wachman Hall, 3rd Floor (038-24)
1805 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Interdisciplinary Study:

Students may take up to three graduate IS&T-related courses in other departments.  All such course clusters require prior approval of the M.S. in IS&T Program Director.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Research interests of faculty include communication and networks; data warehousing, filtering, and mining; enterprise system development and resource management; ethics and social issues related to technology; knowledge management; management information and database systems; security and privacy; software engineering; system development and process management; and usability engineering.

Job Placement:

Graduates often find employment as systems developers and managers for information technology organizations, computer centers, or computer manufacturers.  Many become involved in the design and implementation of new applications software or the planning and evaluation of computer-based systems.  Prospective employers include the government, universities and colleges, non-profit agencies, or industrial firms that utilize computers for production purposes.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are permitted to take a maximum of two graduate-level CIS courses.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistants teach two undergraduate laboratory sections each semester under the direction of the faculty lecturer. Assistantships provide a stipend and full-time tuition.

Updated 10.7.09