The MS in Information Systems & Technology with a concentration in Data Science & Analytics explores the ways massive volumes of data can be used to enhance human performance and solve business and societal problems.

The Internet, social media, and mobile technology have led to an explosion of information production and gathering. From public health to energy policy, financial markets to voting rights, big data promises to revolutionize how we understand the world. Yet the full potential of big data has not been completely imagined or understood.

This technically driven, industry-oriented program explores this potential, equipping you with enhanced analytical and managerial tools to become a leader in this burgeoning technological field. You will learn data mining, specialized programming, and other computational skills to understand how data can be used to solve problems affecting society, working with distinguished faculty who have impressive careers as IS&T scholars and practitioners.

Program Highlights
  • Well-equipped research clinics and laboratories enable you to work directly on applied and academic research, including the Data Science Lab, IDEA Lab, Intelligent Systems Lab, and more.
  • Our GIS Club convenes students and professionals interested in geographic information systems (GIS) and informs the local community about the latest GIS workshops and conferences.

Program At a Glance

UNITS
36 units

COMPLETION TIME
Full-time: 1–1.5 years
Part-time: 1.5–3 years

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEGREE AWARDED
MS in Information Systems & Technology

Featured Courses

IST 344
Data Analytics & Information Visualization

Gives students the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the important principles and techniques for translating organizational data into visual stories that can be used by managers to make data-driven decisions.

IST 340
Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining

Studies the Data Mining process goal of discovering nontrivial, interesting, and actionable knowledge from data in databases.

IST 341
CS Insights via Python Programming

Engages with the full breadth of CS fundamentals, including computational thinking, software design strategies, the technologies underlying modern computation (circuits and assembly language), and both theoretical models and limits of computing.

IST 343
Data Mining Practicum

Provides an opportunity for students to design, develop, and implement data mining for an industry- or organization-defined problem.

TNDY 405I
Data Analytical Tools, Technologies & Applications Across the Disciplines

Focuses on using big data tools and technologies effectively across various disciplines and settings, social sciences, humanities, information systems, policy, and health care.

IST 302
Databases & Big Data

Introduces concepts and techniques for database design and management emphasizing the relational model, query optimization and performance tuning, and more.

Partnerships

The Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT) at CGU participates in industry and academic partnerships designed to create internships, collaborations, practicum courses, and other opportunities. These include:

Esri
Claremont Graduate University’s comprehensive partnership with Esri, the world’s leading supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, offers numerous benefits, including:

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance
CISAT is also a Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Member, which gives our students and researchers access to the latest technologies for use in classroom assignments and projects.

IBM Watson Analytics Academic Program
To ensure students work with leading data analytics technologies, CISAT is part of the Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP), which provides no-cost use of IBM® Watson Analytics software for classroom teaching and research.

Faculty & Research

  • Samir Chatterjee profile image

    Samir Chatterjee

    Fletcher Jones Chair of Technology Design & Management

    Research Interests

    Design science research, Health informatics, Electronics and telecommunication engineering

  • Lorne Olfman profile image

    Lorne Olfman

    Professor and Director
    Center for Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    User training, e-Learning systems, Knowledge management and organizational memory, Social technologies

  • Terry Ryan profile image

    Terry Ryan

    Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Management information systems, Programming, Software development, Research methods, Statistics

  • Yan Li profile image

    Yan Li

    Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Data science, Data mining, Analytics, Semantic technologies, Databases, Data warehousing, Business intelligence, ICT4D

  • Andrew Joseph Marx profile image

    Andrew Joseph Marx

    Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems

    Research Interests

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote sensing

  • Tamir Bechor profile image

    Tamir Bechor

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Cybersecurity, IT leadership and management

  • Brian Hilton profile image

    Brian Hilton

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), GIS solution development, Data analytics

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Jake Campbell

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and Veteran Outreach
T: 909-607-3024 (Direct)
T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)
E: jake.campbell@cgu.edu