Information Systems

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)

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)

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 (P 541)
  • Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
  • Design and Management of Information Systems (drop down)
  • Design of Information Systems (I 611)
  • Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (M 602)

Networking and Telecommunications 

  • Foundations of Business Telecommunications (BUS-S 515)
  • Government Information ( ILS-Z 525)
  • Information Architecture for the Web (ILS-Z 532)
  • The Information Industry (ILS-Z 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 Department of Computer Science, School of Informatics, or the Kelley School of Business.

Combining your Information Systems concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Public Financial Administration or Policy Analysis—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.

Experiential learning

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.

Examples of current and past placements and internships:

  • U.S. Congressman - Todd Young
  • Serve IT
  • SinoCarbon Innovation & Investment
  • City of Bloomington, Indiana
  • Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences