Graduate Programs

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity offers a Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS), a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Library and Information Science, a Ph.D. in Information Science, and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (EHC). The MSIS also offers a combined undergraduate/MSIS program, dual degree programs with English and History and a School Library Media teacher certification program. With concentrations in Information Systems and Technology, Library and Information Services, School Library Media, and Archives and Records Administration, graduates of the ALA accredited MSIS are prepared for a variety of Information Science occupations. Graduates with the Information Science doctorate are well positioned for rewarding, challenging careers in either research or information-dependent roles in business, government, education, or the nonprofit sector. The Certificate of Graduate Study in EHC consists of five graduate-level courses and can be concentrated in one of the three tracks: Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, or Cybersecurity. 

M.S. in Information Science

The graduate program in information science is accredited by the American Library Association and prepares students for careers in public, academic, and other public sector libraries; government agencies; archives and records management centers; private sector information centers; producers of bibliographic, abstracting and indexing, and other online databases; information management and systems in a wide range of government, library, corporate and nonprofit organizations. 

UAlbany’s ALA accredited Information Science School Library (ISSL) 36 credit online program leads to initial teaching certification as a library media specialist or to professional certification if candidates are initially certified. As per New York State Education Department’s guidelines, ISSL students are eligible to be hired as full-time school librarians with either a 12 Credit Supplemental Certificate (for those with teacher certification) or an 18 credit Internship Certificate (for those without teacher certification) as they work toward completing their ISSL Master’s degree. Additionally, all ISSL graduates are immediately eligible for licensure as public librarians upon graduation.

Two programs combine the M.S.I.S. and the M.A. in either English or History. 

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

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 science 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).

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 CEHC 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.

Ph.D. in Information Science

This interdisciplinary program is designed for persons interested in:

  • Advanced study and applied research in the nature of information as a phenomenon.
  • The character of the information transfer process, including the creation of new knowledge, the utilization of what is known.
  • The dissemination of knowledge in both conventional and electronic formats.
Emphasizing research, teaching, and the application of research to practice, the program is built on the model of the scientist-practitioner. It prepares graduates for both academic and research careers in information science or related disciplines and for higher-level management and policy positions in private and public sector organizations.


At Albany, the Information Science Ph.D. Program is a collaborative effort of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the School of Education, and research faculty from several disciplines and centers across the University.

Certificate of Graduate Study in EHC

The graduate certificate is designed to prepare students with undergraduate degrees or previously completed master's degrees that did not train them directly or extensively for service in the fields of emergency preparedness, homeland security, and cybersecurity to be more competitive when seeking jobs in government, non-profits, and for-profit organizations. The curriculum was designed by University faculty in consultation with law enforcement, intelligence, emergency services, and public management experts to provide graduates with the foundation to become more effective professionals and managers. The certificate consists of five graduate-level courses (minimum 16 credits). Students may concentrate in one of three tracks: Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security or Cybersecurity.  More information about the certificate program can be found here.


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