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Apply now to begin your MS in Data and Information Management (DAIM) journey at Radford University! All applications require payment of a non-refundable fee ($50). If you prefer a mailed application packet, please email a request or call us at 540-831-5431. All applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Applicant files are forwarded to the appropriate department for evaluation and a recommendation regarding admission. The final decision on admission rests with the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Radford University students may download the accelerated program application.
This application is only for RU students who wish to apply at the end of their junior year. If accepted, students may take graduate courses during their senior year. Once accepted into the program, graduate courses double count towards the BS and MS degrees thereby shortening the amount of time to complete the MS degree.
The Master’s in Data and Information program requires a solid foundation in computer science. Students entering the program must have a strong academic background covering the topics in the courses listed below. The DAIM Admissions Committee with consider conditional admission whereby required experience will be obtained within the first semester. For more information, visit graduate admissions.
- A breadth first introduction to database systems including the relational model, SQL, security, database design, and stored procedures. Read more about Introduction to Databases
- Continuation of the development of a disciplined approach to programming with emphasis on data abstraction. Read more about Principles of Computer Science III
- An introduction to procedural analysis, design, and programming for students who have prior exposure to object technology. Includes an introduction to a procedural language and procedural methods. Read more about Procedural Analysis and Design
Students must complete a math class similar to one of the courses described below.
- An introduction to calculus with particular emphasis on applications in business and economics. Topics include functions, limits and continuity, differentiation, exponential functions and logarithms, anti-derivatives and the integral. Read more about Business Calculus
- This course covers the concept of functions, limits, and continuity of functions, the derivative, rules and applications of differentiation. Read more about Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Admissions Requirements for the MS in Data and Information Management
- Scores of 152 on the quantitative portion and 148 on the verbal portion of the Graduate Record Exam, or scores of 650 and 420, respectively, under the old scoring system.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall from an accredited educational institution.
- Three letters of reference from faculty members who are familiar with your academic performance in major coursework or from colleagues or supervisors who are familiar with your work.
- An undergraduate course in Database Management Systems. Deficiencies in this area may be resolved through additional coursework that must be completed before the start of the program.
- Completion of the Radford University graduate application.
- Verification of required immunizations.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must achieve an acceptable score on the TOEFL examination and submit an approved credential report for coursework completed outside the United States. Criteria for satisfactory TOEFL scores are as follows: 87 for the online test; or scores of 227 or 567, respectively, for the computer-based or paper-based tests.