School of Information Sciences - Information Science & Technology Program


The Graduate Information Science and Technology Program is designed to give students theoretical principles along with hands-on experience in storing and retrieving information, communicating information among systems, understanding the interaction between people and information systems, and comprehending the role of information systems and technologies in both business and society.

Here at the iSchool, you will have amazing opportunities to work with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in the information science and technology field. Pitt is one of the top 25 public research universities; this provides our students with access to research projects and laboratories that will develop the next generation of information technologies. Moreover, since the University is situated within a major urban area, our students have a vast array of internship and employment opportunities with major US corporations. 

At the iSchool, students acquire more than technical expertise; they learn how to connect people with technologies that can enhance their lives.

Here, you can earn:

Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS)

The MSIS Degree Program prepares students for careers as information professionals, including systems analysts and designers, database developers and managers, information security experts, and more. This 36-credit program can be completed in three semesters (depending upon course schedules) of full-time study or as many as four years of part-time study. You can tailor your studies through one of our industry-advised specializations: Big Data analytics, database and web systems, information security, geoinformatics, telecommunications and distributed systems, or human-centered computing.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

The 15-credit or 24-credit CAS provides personalized program of studies beyond the MSIS degree. Designed for people who do not wish to pursue the PhD degree, it enables post-master's-level students to explore a specific field of interest or to update skills and competencies. The CAS is an ideal way to refresh proficiencies and gain expertise in the most current areas of professional interest.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science Program is a 60-credit program that prepares students for advanced work in teaching and in conducting significant research with world-class resources befitting a top-tier research university. Some of the topics being explored by our research groups include geoinformatics, decision systems, social navigation and social information filtering, information retrieval, spatial information, information security, usability engineering, and personalized adaptive systems.

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The iSchool hosts a number of opportunities for you to explore the IST program. Attend Information Sessions at the iSchool or online, whichever suits your schedule. More >

A Diverse Faculty

The iSchool faculty come from diverse academic backgrounds in disciplines such as business, policy, information science, computer science, computer engineering, psychology, mathematics, electrical engineering, and physics.

SIS is a member of the ISchools Caucus

Education, Not Training

The iSchool provides education rather than training, enabling its graduates to be experts in many professional areas.