Working in a wide variety of formats, students learn how information is created, organized, represented, stored, accessed, retrieved, managed and protected in both traditional and non-traditional media. In addition, they investigate the uses and impacts of information and technology on individuals, organizations and society, including formal and informal communities, libraries, government, and business.
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The certificate is offered to students who wish to specialize in a particular area of interest beyond the master’s degree. The program includes a minimum of 30 semester credits of graduate study beyond the master's degree. An adviser helps each student design a program using courses within the Department and from other disciplines, such as the schools of Business and of Education, the Graduate School of Public Affairs, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
This Master’s in Information Science program is one of 50 nationally to be accredited by the American Library Association, which has more than 66,000 members in public, state, school, academic and special libraries in every sector of the economy. Graduates occupy top jobs in academic, public, school, corporate, and government libraries and archives, as well as in and many other information-handling organizations throughout the world. The program also provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter a doctoral program in information science.
The Department of English in conjunction with the Department of Information Studies offers a dual degree program combining the M.A. in English and the M.S. in Information Science. By applying six credits in Information Science to the English degree program and seven credits from English to the Information Science program, a student can reduce the total number of credits needed for both degrees. Work done for an awarded master's or doctoral degree may not be used for this program.
The Department of History in conjunction with the Department of Information Studies offers a dual degree program combining the M.A. in History and the M.S. in Information Science. By applying six credits in Information Science to the History degree program and nine credits from History to the Information Science program, a student can reduce the total number of credits needed for both degrees to 57. However, faculty responsible for concentrations in both programs may require additional course work. Students may be admitted to a dual master's degree program at the beginning of their graduate studies, but not later than after completing 20 graduate credits applicable to a dual master's degree program. Work done for an awarded master's or doctoral degree may not be used for this program. Students may leave a dual program before completion of both degrees. If the requirements for one degree have been fulfilled, that degree may be awarded. You must be admitted to graduate study in both the M.A. in History and M.S. in Information Science degree programs for the dual degree program.
This interdisciplinary doctoral program is designed for persons interested in advanced study and applied research in the nature of information as a phenomenon, and in the character of the information transfer process, including the creation of new knowledge, the utilization of what is known, and the dissemination of knowledge in both conventional and electronic formats. Emphasizing research, teaching and the application of research findings to professional practice, the PhD in Information Science program is built on the model of the scientist-practitioner. It prepares graduates for both academic and research careers in Information Science or in a related discipline, and for higher-level management and policy positions in private and public sector organizations.