UA Little Rock’s online master’s program in information science ranked among best in nation

UALR sign at the entrance on S. University Dr near University Plaza on January 28, 2016.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s online master’s degree program in information science has been ranked among the best in the nation for the second time in 2019.

OnlineMasters.com ranked UA Little Rock seventh in its 2019 list of the Best Online Master’s In Information Systems and Technology Programs. The research identifies 47 top programs in the nation based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes.

Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked UA Little Rock as having some of the best online computer information technology programs in the country. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence, with UA Little Rock being selected as 15th on the list, up from 27th in 2018.

The Master of Science in Information Science is a 33-credit-hour program designed to familiarize individuals with the advanced knowledge, skills, and technologies for working with large amounts of complex data. This degree also serves as a stepping stone toward pursuing other graduate degrees, such as the Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science.

In addition to insights gained from industry professionals, OnlineMasters.com leveraged a data set comprised of interviews and surveys from current students and alumni. Each online degree program was analyzed with only 47 making it to the final list. The methodology incorporates the most recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and statistical data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Students who pursue this type of degree can also gain employment as systems administrators, systems architects, project managers, consultants, and analysts.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a high demand for skilled professionals in this field with most earning a median salary of $139K per year,” said Program Recognition Manager Barbara Montgomery. “The rapid job growth in this market is just one of the many reasons OnlineMasters.com researched, analyzed, and ranked the Top Master’s in Information Systems and Technology programs.”

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