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Master of Science 

Information Science

Program of Study

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • The Information Environment
  • Information and Knowledge Organization
  • Administration of Information Agencies


Research and Statistics Course (3 credits)

Research Methods


Information Science Internship (3 credits)

Gain practical experience applying your knowledge to real-world problems while you receive professional guidance and personal feedback from an expert in the field.

The internship component of this program gives you 150 hours of experience working in an information services agency under the supervision of an on-site mentor.

As an intern, you will complete an on-site project that can be featured in your portfolio. There is also an academic component consisting of a reflective journal, class or individual meetings with faculty, and a paper or project report.

Concentration Courses (21 credits)

See course requirements for your chosen concentration.

 

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Jess Wenger at [email protected].

 

The MS Information Science is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). Student achievement and retention data, and information about the accreditation review can be found on our About page.

Concentrations and Careers
Archives and Records Administration

Required Courses

  • Fundamentals of Records Management
  • Electronic Record Management
  • Archives and Manuscripts
  • Preservation Management in Archives and Libraries or Archival Representation
  • Supporting courses as advised (9 credits)

Jobs

Special Collections Librarian, Archival Project Manager, Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian, Records Management Specialist, Preservation Projects Manager

Library and Information Services

Required Courses

  • Information Processing
  • Information Sources and Services
  • Supporting courses as advised (15 credits)

Jobs

Library Branch Manager, Acquisition and Materials Librarian, Instructional Services Specialist, Circulation Supervisor, Collection Development Director, Resource Consultant

Information Management and Technology

Required Courses

  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Information and Public Policy
  • Human Information Behavior
  • Information Systems
  • Supporting courses as advised (9 credits)

Jobs

Digital Access and Metadata Librarian, Interactive Designer, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Web Project Manager, User Experience and Usability Specialist

Intelligence Analysis

Required Courses

  • Intelligence Preparation and Production
  • Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism
  • Homeland Security Intelligence
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Cyber Threats and Intelligence
  • Information Analysis Techniques and Technologies
  • Supporting courses as advised (6 credits)

Jobs

Analytic Methodologist, Business Intelligence Analyst, Policy Research Statistician, Competitive Intelligence Strategy Consultant, Crime Data Analyst

Data Analytics

Required Courses

  • Database Systems and Data Analysis
  • Predictive Modeling
  • Text Analysis or Advanced Concepts and Practices in Software Development
  • Supporting courses as advised (12 credits)

Jobs: Data Integration Specialist, Research Information Analyst, Data Management Officer, Risk Assessor, Performance Measurement Manager, Web Analytics Director

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Applied Learning

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity provides an experiential learning component to all students. Through authentic simulations, work with real-world clients, and research in contemporary and highly relevant topics, students will further their classroom learning in an applied environment. The college partners with various offices, agencies and centers that help to provide research and training opportunities for students, academics, and professionals.

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Admissions Requirements

Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: Not Available
 

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1
Summer: April 1

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official GRE scores*
  • Statement of Goals

*The GRE will be waived as a requirement for admission to the Information Science master's program for Spring, Summer and Fall 2022 applicants.

The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 

Special Notes

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Demonstrate a sense of professional identity by applying the concepts and principles of library and information sciences and related disciplines.
  • Know the history of the information professions and understand the changing roles of information professionals in a global environment.
  • Create, select, acquire, organize, describe, manage, preserve, retrieve, and disseminate information using relevant theories and practices.
  • Assess information needs of diverse and underserved populations and provide resources and instruction to meet those needs.
  • Recognize the crucial role of users in the development and delivery of user-centered information systems and services.
  • Formulate, interpret, and implement information policy including issues of privacy, equity, intellectual property, and intellectual freedom.
  • Promote and demonstrate the use of ethical standards n the creation, management, and use of information.
  • Conduct and apply research to develop, maintain, and evaluate information content and assess information services.
  • Understand, Implement and use appropriate technologies in the delivery of information content and services.
  • Apply management principles to the creation, administration, and promotion of information organizations and systems.
  • Understand the information environment and build collaborative relationships to strengthen library and information services and literacy.
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