The M.S. in Information Architecture (IARC) will prepare you to structure and deliver information for the best possible user experiences across desktop and mobile technologies.
In the IARC program, you will connect the components of information structure that users rarely see directly, such as databases and data serialization formats, to a theoretically rich, interdisciplinary foundation in user-facing design of information, as well as the deeper structures of databases and data-serialization formats.
Illinois Tech Information Architecture students come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including design, English, and library science, which will provide you with a vibrant community and classroom discussions informed by a variety of perspectives.
Program at a glance
The Information Architecture program at Illinois Tech is a total of 33 credit hours. Students attending full time (9 credit hours per semester) typically complete the MS/IARC degree in two years. Part-time students (3-6 credit hours per semester) regularly finish in under three years.
IARC Core (18 hours)
Electives (at least 12 hours)
Project or Thesis (at least 3 hours)
If you will be preparing for a career in industry, you are encouraged to take the project option. If you have the intention of preparing for a Ph.D., the thesis option is encouraged.
- User Experience Research and Evaluation
- Social Networks
- Standards-Based Web Design
- Web Application Development
- Document Design
- Knowledge Management
- Information Structure and Retrieval
- Proposal and Grant Writing
- Communication Law and Ethics
- Structure of Modern English
- Rhetoric of Technology
MS/IARC graduates have gone onto successful careers in web design and development, quality assurance, content strategy, social media and marketing, as well as user experience and interface design.
Get in touch: For more information, email Libby Hemphill, director of graduate studies, or call our office at 312.567.3465.
Apply: To get started on your application visit admissions.