In the Information Systems concentration, you'll learn how to apply the latest technological tools to confront complex societal and environmental challenges and to make the most of the new opportunities our digital world presents. You'll develop the technical skills necessary to inform and direct discussion on a range of policy issues and tasks, including environmental planning, natural resource management, and facility siting.
Help make a difference with data
A world of high-tech opportunity
You'll get hands-on experience with database design and advanced training in geographic information systems (GIS). You'll be prepared for a variety of in-demand positions in the public and private sectors, including chief information officer, systems analyst, systems designer, database administrator, and webmaster.
A broad base, plus depth and detail
You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in our MPA program's core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. You'll then build on this foundation with three required courses that apply the fundamental aspects of information systems specifically to the public sector:
- Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
- Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
- Database Management Systems (I 519)
Personalize your program
The remainder of the coursework comes in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Information Systems program to your own specific interests. A sample of electives are listed below:
Geographic Information Systems
- Application of Geographic Information Systems (E 529)
- Geographic Information Systems (GEOG-G 535)
Decision Support and Analysis
- Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
- Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (P 507)
- Management Science for Public Affairs (P 539)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (P 541)
- Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
Design and Management of Information Systems
- Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (M 602)
- Design of Information Systems (I 611)
Networking and Telecommunications
- Foundations of Business Telecommunications (BUS-S 515)
- Government Information (SLIS-S 525)
- Information Architecture for the Web (SLIS-L 532)
- The Information Industry (SLIS-S 643)
With the approval of your advisor, you may also take one elective graduate course in information technology offered by another IU unit , such as the School of Informatics and Computing or the Kelley School of Business.
Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.
Combining your Information Systems concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Public Financial Administration or Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management—can offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.