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Master’s Degrees 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 master's degrees were awarded to IS majors. 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 Degrees

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 degrees 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 Degrees 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*

University of Maryland Global Campus tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 58,200 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.

The IS program at University of Maryland Global Campus awarded 492 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Roughly 29,500 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.

The IS program at The University of Texas at Dallas awarded 418 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

Boston University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Roughly 33,700 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 370 master's degrees were handed out to IS majors at Boston U. 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*

The 4th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Berkeley. Roughly 43,100 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 is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Roughly 48,000 attend the school each year. 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.

The IS program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor awarded 202 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in IS. Each year, around 22,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 degrees 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 32,600 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 178 master's degrees were handed out to IS majors at Pitt. 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 is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Roughly 13,300 attend the school each year. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 178 master's degrees were handed out to IS majors at 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 degrees in IS. Roughly 51,000 attend the school each year. 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 degrees 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*

University of Utah comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in IS. 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 degrees 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*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in IS. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. 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.

The IS program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus awarded 148 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

New Jersey Institute of Technology comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in IS. Roughly 11,500 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.

The IS program at New Jersey Institute of Technology awarded 146 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 degrees in IS. Roughly 31,900 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.

The IS program at University at Buffalo awarded 146 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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*

The 14th most popular school in the country for IS majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas A&M University - College Station. Each year, around 68,700 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 145 people received their master's degree in IS from Texas A&M College Station. 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 is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in IS. Each year, around 51,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 132 master's degrees were handed out to IS majors at UIUC. 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 comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 124 master's degrees were handed out to IS majors at UMBC. 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*

DePaul University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in IS. Each year, around 22,000 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 degrees 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 11,800 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 117 master's degrees were handed out to IS majors at 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 degrees in IS. Each year, around 48,600 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 degrees 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. Roughly 24,900 attend the school each year. 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.

The IS program at University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus awarded 94 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. 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 degrees.

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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