MA/MSIS

The Combined M.A. in History and M.S. in Information Science

Students may choose to combine the M.A. in History with the M.S. in Information Science.  By applying six credits in Information Science to the History degree program and seven credits from History to the Information Science program, a student can reduce the total number of credits needed for both degrees to 59. 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. and M.S.I.S. degree programs for the dual degree program.

Click the M.A. link at left for information on pathways through the three history concentrations, Thematic, Geographic, and Public History. Credits for the dual MA/MSIS may be reduced as follows, provided approval is granted by both programs:

  • 6 credits in Information Science may be applied to the History MA
  • 7 credits in History may be applied to the MSIS
  • MA students concentrating in Public History may also combine the 6-credit internship requirement with the 3-credit Information Science internship requirement. These credits may be satisfied in a variety of ways:

    • Students may take AHIS798A (Public History Internship) for six credits. If the proposed internship is approved in advance of its completion by the Information Studies Department, this course will satisfy the requirement for IIST668 (Internship).
    • Students may split the internship between the two departments, taking AHIS599 (Special Projects in History) and IIST668 for three credits each. With the advance approval of the History Department, IIST668 will satisfy the additional 3-credit internship requirement for the concentration in Public History.
    • Students may take IIST668 (Internship) for six credits. If the proposed internship is approved in advance by the History Department, it will satisfy the requirement for AHIS798A (Public History Internship).

For information on the Master's in Information Science (42 credits minimum), see Information Science.