Master of Information Sciences (Information Technology)

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Focus on information technology

The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in information technology.

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What is it like?

In the Master of Information Sciences you will learn how to apply knowledge of ICT technologies and/or management with both a broad world-view and at a specialty level.

Studying towards your masters is a satisfying and challenging process that will give you a sought-after postgraduate qualification. If you want to gain a more detailed understanding of an area of study, either for interest, or to perhaps move up the hierarchy in your career, you should consider this qualification.

In demand

IT employers are constantly seeking increasing numbers of skilled staff both in New Zealand and around the world. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

High demand areas include software development, analysis, network security, project management and data/database. Graduates who hold a Master of Information Sciences from Massey are well placed to find a career in these, and other areas.

Flexibility of focus

The Master of Information Sciences gives you the option to focus and major in computer science (including topics such as artificial intelligence and graphics) or information technology (including topics such as geoinformatics and security) or software engineering (a mix of these two areas). Or you have the freedom to select 'no subject', and mix and match the topics that interest you the most. 

All students should start by selecting “without specialisation” for maximum flexibility. You can change to a particular subject at the end of your first semester of study.

What will you learn?

During your study you will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analysis of, and solutions to, general software-based problems within the broader ICT community. You will gain skills in evaluating policies and processes used in the design, construction, testing and maintenance of advanced technological solutions in order to make informed strategic decisions.

Topics you can study include

  • (Information Technology) systems security, geoinformatics, research methods, software development, user requirements.
  • (Without specialisation) Project management, marketing or an elective (your choice)

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Information Sciences will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree (or graduate diploma) in information sciences or equivalent degree
  • Have achieved at least a B grade average in your previous degree or graduate diploma
  • Want to progress your career to the next level or
  • Want to be involved in advanced research (for example, PhD)

Careers

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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