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Information Studies Graduate Degrees

M.S. in Information Science

The M.S.I.S. 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 are prepared for careers as librarians, archivists, technology specialists, school library media specialists, network or database administrators, and much more!

The M.S. in Information Science prepares students for jobs where the generation, management, and use of information is the dominant or essential requisite. It involves successful completion of 42 credits and provides five areas of concentration:

•    Archives/Records Administration
•    Library and Information Services
•    Library and Information Services/School Library Media Specialist
•    Information Management and Policy
•    Information Systems and Technology

Two programs combine the M.S.I.S. and the M.A. in either English or History. The Department of Information Studies also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study, a post-master’s degree that allows students to pursue individualized programs related to information.




The program also provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter a doctoral program in information science.

Detailed information about program requirements can be found on the M.S.I.S. page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Applications may be submitted for admission to the M.S.I.S. program or for non-degree study.

All applicants except those with a graduate degree in another field must submit scores on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.). The G.R.E. Admission Standard for the M.S.I.S. are: 300 total combined score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the G.R.E. plus a score of 4.0 or above on the analytical writing section. Note: You must submit G.R.E. scores unless you have a previous graduate degree. Candidates with a previous graduate degree may be admitted with advanced standing, permitting the transfer of up to six hours of previous graduate course work. Three letters of recommendation and official transcripts of all academic study are also required.

Information and application packets can be requested by telephone, mail, e-mail, or the graduate admissions Web site.

  • Call: 518-442-3980
  • Write to: The Office of Graduate Admissions, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12222
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For specific MSIS or CAS program and admission questions, contact the Information Studies office: 518-442-5110,

About the Program

The degree requires completion of at least 42 credits. There are five areas of concentration:

  • Archives/Records Administration - to prepare students who wish to pursue a career in archives, or as paper or electronic records managers
  • Library and Information Services - to prepare students for professional positions in academic, special, or public libraries
  • Library and Information Services/ School Library Media Specialist - to prepare students seeking certification to work in public school libraries throughout New York State
  • Information Management and Policy - to prepare students pursuing careers as information managers in corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations
  • Information Systems and Technology - to prepare students for professional employment as systems and technology experts in a wide range of government, library, corporate and nonprofit organizations

Combined M.A. and M.S.I.S Programs

Two programs combine the M.S.I.S. and the M.A. in either English or History. By applying six credits in information studies and seven from English or history, a student can reduce the number of credits needed to 59 credits for the history program and 61 credits for the English program. However, additional coursework may be required by faculty members.

  • Note: Students in the dual degree program who choose to do the M.A. in History with a concentration in Public History must complete a total of six internship credits to satisfy the requirements of the two degrees. Due to the additional six-credit internship requirement, students with a concentration in Public History are required to complete a minimum of 65 credits for both degrees. Consultation with advisors in both programs is necessary for determining how to satisfy the internship requirements.

  • Students may be admitted to a dual master's degree program at the beginning of their graduate studies, but no later than after completing 20 applicable graduate credits. Work done for an awarded master's or doctoral degree may not be used for this program. You must be admitted to graduate study in both the M.A. and M.S.I.S. degree programs for the dual program.

    For more information please check the M.A.M.S.I.S. Information Sheet.

    Combined B.A./M.S.I.S. or B.S./M.S.I.S.Programs

    The combined B.A./M.S.I.S. or B.S./M.S.I.S. program in information studies provides a unique opportunity for capable, highly motivated students to pursue any undergraduate liberal arts major while at the same time beginning their professional preparation for a career in information science. The emphasis of the program is on the planning, provision and administration of information systems and services.  M.S.I.S. concentrations include Archives and Records Administration, Information Management and Policy, Information Systems and Technology, Library and Information Services, and Library and Information Services/School Media (leads to NYS certification for School Library Media Specialist).
    For more information please check the Combined B.A./M.S.I.S. or B.S./M.S.I.S. Information Sheet.

    Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Library and Information Science

    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.

    For more information please check the CAS Information Sheet.

    Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

    Program Name: Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science


  • Program costs for NY State residents

    For full-time students, this 30-credit program may be completed in one calendar year (2 full semesters + summer). Costs below are based on two semesters of 12 credits each with 6 additional credits in summer or a following semester. For part-time students, the tuition + fee cost is $544.81 for 1 credit.


    • Tuition and fees $15,406.10
    • Books and supplies $1,500


    The above costs are based on 2016-2014 and are subject to change. See more costs information at:

  • Graduation Rates

  • As the number of students who completed the program during the most recent award year was less than 10, for privacy reasons, this information is not disclosed to the public.

    Job placement rate of graduates: Reported if aligned with the requirements of the accreditor or State.

    Median loan debt of graduates: As the number of students who completed the program during the most recent award year was less than 10, for privacy reasons, this information is not disclosed to the public.

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