2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences

38 credits

The Master of Science in Information & Communication Sciences is a graduate professional program that equips its students with leadership and technical acumen, preparing them for careers and leadership in many sectors and roles from finance to healthcare to technology and government, among others. Graduates of the CICS program understand the processes of managing and implementing information and communication technologies. 

In addition, graduates achieve an understanding of current technical and business cultures, including the human, regulatory and management contexts. Graduates not only become familiar with the technology and software applications used by both technology and technology enabled companies, but they also understand the technological options available for the design, delivery and distribution of data, media and software across multiple platforms. They learn about the importance of critical technology areas, such as cybersecurity, data analysis, and cloud computing. They also gain an understanding of how to think strategically, addressing issues such as using technology to remain competitive and increasing productivity and more effectively managing people and commerce in a quickly evolving information age. The curriculum is designed to teach students how to learn and identify needs and gather information to solve problems independently and in teams, creatively and collaboratively.

Degree requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 38 credits.

Required courses

ICS 600Survey of Management

3

ICS 601Problems in Information and Communication Sciences and Lab

3

ICS 602Human Communication: Process and Theory

3

ICS 620Information and Communication Technologies, Standards and Lab I

4

ICS 621Information and Communication Technologies, Standards and Lab II

4

ICS 630Research Methodologies and Problems Seminar

3

ICS 642Regulatory Research in Context/Problems in Information Communication

3

ICS 660Human Factors, Needs Assessment, and User-Driven Design

3

Total Credit Hours:26

Business electives

ICS 605Interpersonal Management Skills

3

ICS 624Knowledge Management

3

ICS 633Systems Analysis and Design

3

ICS 634Project Management

3

ICS 635Information and Communication Projects

1 TO 2

ICS 640Information and Communication Industry

3

ICS 643Social Responsibility in I/C Policy

3

ICS 644Technologies, Financial Aspects, and the Economics of Choice

3

ICS 646Management of Telecom/Network

3

ICS 653Issues in Communication Consultation

3

ICS 655Special Problems Seminar

3

ICS 661Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship

3

ICS 662Usability Testing

3

ICS 666Strategic Planning for Information Technology

3

ICS 675Information and Communication Marketing

3

Technology electives

ICS 623Systems Engineering in Information & Communication Technology

3

ICS 625Non-Broadcast Video, CATV, and Imaging Technologies

4

ICS 632Problems in Information and Communication Technologies Seminar

2

ICS 645Evolving Database Systems

3

ICS 648Wireless and Satellite Communications

3

ICS 649Comparative Operating Systems

3

ICS 650Wireless 2

3

ICS 663Network Design: The Problems of Moving Voice, Data, and Video

3

ICS 664Information Delivery Systems, Selection, Design, and Evaluation

3

ICS 667Design of Information and Communication Technology Learning Systems

3

ICS 684Information Access and Management of Information Services

3

ICS 691Internet, TCP/IP, and Internetworking

3

ICS 692Advanced Network Configuration

3

ICS 696Information and Communication Research and Applications

2

ICS 698Problems in Information Systems

3

ICS 699Problems in Information and Communication Management

3

At least one elective course outside CICS can be selected in consultation with the advisor and subject to the approval of the CICS director.

Degree recap

Core requirements

26 crs

Electives courses

12 crs

38 crs