Information Studies FAQ

What is information science?

Information science is concerned with the origination, representation, organization, retrieval and utilization of information. Entailing a much broader focus than the traditional combined study of computer programming and higher mathematics, the program encompasses the humanistic, cognitive, and management aspects of information science.

Who should study information science?

Graduate students seeking careers as information professionals, archivists, librarians or media specialists. The knowledge and skills gained through the undergraduate program are a solid foundation for information-related careers in the public and private sectors.

How is UAlbany’s M.S.I.S. accredited?

The Department’s M.S. program in Information Science is accredited by the American Library Association (, the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 66,000 members in public, state, school, academic and special libraries. Accreditation assures that institutions meet appropriate standards of quality and integrity.

What kind of jobs can I get with a master’s degree in information science?

The M.S. degree is excellent preparation for careers as web developers, librarians, database managers, records managers, and other careers.

What kind of jobs can I get with an undergraduate degree in information science?

Some undergraduates continue their studies by entering graduate programs in library science, information science, business, or other graduate degree programs.

What is the difference between information science and information studies?

Information science is the field in which students and researchers study. Information Studies is the name of the Department.