The Master of Science in information quality (MSIQ) is a career-oriented program focusing on practice, skills, and theory. The 33-hour program, which can be completed in 18 months, is designed to prepare students for careers in industry and government as well as advanced graduate studies.
The curriculum balances information quality theory with industry best practices using state-of-the-art tools and technology. It is based on the Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Graduate Degree Programs in Information Systems endorsed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association for Information Systems (AIS). The course content has been developed with the support of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Information Quality Program, based at the MIT Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development, and with additional help from leading practitioners and researchers within the information quality community.
All required courses are offered online via live webcast (synchronous) and taught by highly qualified doctoral-level faculty with extensive experience in the field. Students have the option to complete either a project or a thesis for their capstone.
Entry Terms: Fall and Spring Semesters
Anyone with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school can apply for admission to the program. Candidates who have a background in computer programming, database concepts, and applied statistics, or who have professional experience in an information quality role will be the most prepared to enter and successfully complete the program.
Please note: The Information Science department requires students who live within a 50-mile radius of the UA Little Rock campus to complete this particular program in a face-to-face format. Please contact the program advisor for more details.
Regular Admission requirements
• Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
• 3.0 cumulative grade point average
• Graduate Record Examination general test section (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores. Note: This requirement is waived for students who have completed the UA Little Rock Graduate Certificate in Information Quality with a 3.5 GPA or higher and for students who hold a master’s degree in another discipline.
• Minimum TOEFL score 71 or IELTS score 6.5
• Completion of any remedial course work that may be specified by the department. Students seeking regular admission to the program are expected to have completed (with a grade of B or better in each course) course work or have professional experience equivalent to the following UALR courses:
IFSC 2300 Object-Oriented Technology
IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
STAT 2350 Intro to Statistical Methods
Students must complete the prescribed 27 hours of graded course work with a 3.0 or better GPA and successfully complete 6-hours of either a thesis or graduate project.
UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.
UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.
Required Courses (33 hours)
In addition to the courses listed, students must successfully complete 6-hours of either a thesis or graduate project.
Required INFQ & IFSC Courses (Choose 21 hours)
INFQ Elective Course (Choose 3 hours)
Student may select any other INFQ course.
Non-INFQ Course (Choose 3 hours)
Student may select any graduate course that does not have an INFQ prefix.
Thesis or Project (Choose 6 hours)
Capstone thesis or project must be approved by the MSIQ program advisor.