Information Quality Degrees

Information quality is an emerging discipline of theory and practice that is concerned with maximizing the value and minimizing the risk of an organization’s information assets and assuring that the information products produced by the organization will create value for, and meet the expectation of the customers who use them. The discipline is founded upon decades of research and practice and covers a broad range of technical knowledge and skills including:

  • information quality value and business impact
  • information quality strategy and governance
  • information quality environment and culture
  • information quality measurement and improvement
  • sustaining information quality
  • information architecture quality
Current median salary* $70,000 to $90,000

Median salary reflects mid-career earnings based on national data.

UALR offers two different degrees in information quality:

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Graduate Certificate in Information Quality

If you’re looking for a convenient program that enhances your career entry or growth in your current position, this two-semester program could be the answer. You’ll learn theory and practice. If you later decide to get your master of science in information quality (MSIQ), all the certificate courses will count toward your master’s. In addition, the GRE requirement for student applying for the MSIQ program is waived for students who have completed the IQ certificate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Graduate Certificate degree requirements (12 credit hours)

Core Courses (9 hours)

Subject Course Title
INFQ 7303 Principles of Information Quality
INFQ 7342 Information Quality Tools and Industry Landscape
INFQ 7367 Information Quality Policy and Strategy

Elective (3 hours)

Possible choices include:

Subject Course Title
INFQ 7318 Total Quality Management & Statistical Quality Control
INFQ 7322 Information Quality Theory
INFQ 7337 Project and Change Management
INFQ 7353 Case Studies for Information Quality Professionals
M.S. in Information Quality

The MSIQ major is a career-oriented program that prepares professionals for IQ practice, skills, and theory. You can complete the program by either project or thesis option. By proceeding at your own pace, you can earn your degree in as little 18 months. The MSIQ program also provides an entry into the IQ track of the Integrated Computing Ph.D. program if you want to continue IQ studies at the doctoral level.

The program comprises 9 three-hour lecture courses and 6 hours of either project or thesis.

Master’s Degree requirements (33 credit hours)

Information Quality Courses (18 hours)

Subject Course Title
INFQ 7303 Principles of Information Quality
INFQ 7322 Information Quality Theory
INFQ 7342 Information Quality Tools and Industry Landscape
INFQ 7367 Information Quality Policy and Strategy

Information Science Courses (9 hours)

Subject Course Title
IFSC 5345 Information Visualization
IFSC 7310 Information Systems Analysis
IFSC 7320 Database Systems

This major also includes an additional 6 hours of unrestricted electives.

Curriculum Options

There are two curriculum options within the MSIQ program: a thesis option and project option.

Thesis

33 credit hours, consisting of 27 hours of coursework plus a minimum of 6 credit hours of INFQ 7198, 7298, 7398, 7498, 7598, or 7698. Total thesis credits exceeding the minimum will not be count towards minimum course requirements.

Project

33 credit hours, consisting 27 hours of coursework plus of one of the following three completion options:

Subject Course Title
INFQ 7686 Graduate Project (single semester)
INFQ 7386 Graduate Project (repeated over two semesters)
INFQ 7191 Cooperative Education in Information Quality (or INFQ 7291 or INFQ 7391) for a minimum of three credits followed by INFQ 7386