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M.S. in Information Architecture (IARC)

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The M.S. in Information Architecture enhances a technical communication core with specialized concepts, skills and tools for designing, implementing and managing websites and related digital media. This degree provides students with expertise for a number of tasks relevant to mid-level and advanced positions in the workplace: website design, website project management, information structure and retrieval, knowledge management, and usability testing and evaluation.

Requirements (effective for students entering spring 2011)

Previously enrolled students may adopt this set of requirements with approval from advisor, department, and Graduate College.

Students preparing for careers as technical communicators are advised to take the project option, while students preparing for a Ph.D. in a relevant field may wish to take the thesis option. The exam committee for each option requires a minimum of two Category 1 faculty members from the Humanities department, at least one of them from the technical communication program.

Required Courses

18 hours:

Required project/thesis

3-6 hours (COM 594 or COM 591)


9-12 hours

Other courses as approved by the student's advisor and one of the co-directors of graduate studies. No more than 9 hours of 400-level courses may be counted toward the degree.

Requirements (effective for students entering summer 2010)

Admission Guidelines

Applicants to the master's program come from a variety of backgrounds. Some students enter with strong writing or design ability and learn to apply those skills in technical and scientific areas, while other students enter with a technical or scientific background and learn to enhance their communication skills. The program's goal is to help students build upon existing strengths and develop new areas of expertise.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0.

In addition to an application form, each applicant must submit the following:

  1. Professional statement discussing the applicant's professional and academic preparation and goals.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors who can evaluate the applicant's potential for graduate-level work.
  3. Official transcripts, or certified copies thereof, of all academic work at the college level or above.
  4. Required test scores.

All applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores with a minimum combined score of 1000 quantitative + verbal (with a minimum score of 500 in each area) and 3.0 (analytical writing).

International students must submit TOEFL scores unless they are exempt as specified in the "International Applicant Requirements" of the Graduate Bulletin. The minimum TOEFL score is 95, with minimum section scores of 20 each in the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections.

Note: Enrolling in courses does not guarantee later acceptance into a degree program, nor does meeting the minimum admission requirements. Students who enter as non-degree or certificate students should first discuss their plans with one of the co-directors of graduate studies.

Application Procedure

Applications to the masters program in information architecture are administered by Graduate Admission, which encourages an online application. Additional information is available at the Graduate Admission website. Application deadlines are listed at www.iit.edu/graduate_admission/prospective_students/deadlines.shtml

For More Information

If you have questions about the IARC degree, about a career in technical communication, or about your readiness for the program, please contact:

Contact Us

Prof. Matt Bauer or Prof. Karl Stolley
Co-Directors, Graduate Studies
Email: gradhuminfo@iit.edu