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Master’s Degree in Information Science

6,516 Yearly Graduations
$69,600 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
There are 158 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in IS. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 46.2% of IS graduates were international students.

Education Levels of IS Majors

In 2018-2019, 6,516 earned their master's degree in IS. This makes it the 4th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in IS at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 9,118
Master’s Degree 6,516
Associate’s Degree 906
Graduate Certificate 390
Undergraduate Certificate 374
Basic Certificate 309
Doctor’s Degree 166

Earnings of IS Majors With Master’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in IS is $69,600. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $62,075 to a high of $81,175.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in IS is $41,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $70,775 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $35,625.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $478.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degree in IS. About 57.7% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,757
Women 2,759
Gender Diversity of Master's Degree in IS

The racial-ethnic distribution of IS master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 526
Black or African American 622
Hispanic or Latino 313
White 1,681
International Students 3,009
Other Races/Ethnicities 365
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of IS Master's Degree Students

There are 158 colleges that offer a master’s degree in IS. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

492 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for IS students seekinga master's degree is University of Maryland - University College. Roughly 59,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 492 master's degree were handed out to IS majors at University of Maryland - University College. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 42% were women.

418 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Dallas comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Roughly 27,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 418 master's degree were handed out to IS majors at UT Dallas. About 44% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
370 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Boston University. Roughly 33,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

The IS program at Boston University awarded 370 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 26% of this group were women, and 30% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
266 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Berkeley comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Roughly 41,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 266 people received their master's degree in IS from UC Berkeley. Of these students, 31% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
202 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Each year, around 46,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 202 people received their master's degree in IS from U of Michigan. Of these students, 68% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
189 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Syracuse University is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Roughly 22,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 189 master's degree were handed out to IS majors at Syracuse. Of these students, 39% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

178 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Roughly 28,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,628 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,530 per year.

The IS program at University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus awarded 178 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 4% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Pace University - New York

New York, New York
178 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pace University - New York comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Each year, around 12,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $44,714 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,320 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 178 people received their master's degree in IS from Pace University. About 37% of this group were women, and 13% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

157 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Each year, around 51,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,998 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 157 master's degree were handed out to IS majors at UT Austin. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#10

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
153 Yearly Graduations
34% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Utah. Each year, around 32,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 master's degree were handed out to IS majors at U of U. About 34% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

148 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Washington - Seattle Campus. Each year, around 46,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 148 people received their master's degree in IS from UW Seattle. Around 18% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 42% were women.

#12

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey
146 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree is New Jersey Institute of Technology. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,448 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,624 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 146 people received their master's degree in IS from NJIT. About 45% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
146 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University at Buffalo comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Roughly 30,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 146 master's degree were handed out to IS majors at University at Buffalo. About 42% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
145 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Each year, around 67,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 145 master's degree were handed out to IS majors at Texas A&M. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 46% were women.

132 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Roughly 48,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,188 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,997 per year.

The IS program at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign awarded 132 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 5% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

124 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - Baltimore County is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Roughly 13,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,704 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,862 per year.

The IS program at University of Maryland - Baltimore County awarded 124 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 47% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
119 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree is DePaul University. Each year, around 22,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,551 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,584 per year.

The IS program at DePaul University awarded 119 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 41% were women.

117 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Southern Methodist University. Each year, around 11,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $40,896 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 117 people received their master's degree in IS from SMU. About 25% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

108 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degree in IS. Each year, around 46,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

The IS program at The University of Texas at Arlington awarded 108 master's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

94 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Each year, around 24,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,786 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 94 master's degree were handed out to IS majors at CU Anschutz. About 36% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

IS Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Information Science 6,516

Below are some popular majors that are similar to IS that offer master’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Computer Information Systems 15,812
Computer Science 11,600
Information Technology 7,824
Computer Software Applications 2,495
Computer Systems Networking 645

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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