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Master of Arts / Master of Science

History / Information Science

Program of Study

By simultaneously pursuing an MA in history and an MS in information science, you can combine advanced historical research skills with modern information management methodologies to conduct valuable work on behalf of government agencies and private organizations.

You'll gain real-world experience through an internship, field research project, study abroad component or clinical research participation. This requirement will give you the necessary background to pursue competitive positions in your desired field.

By combining coursework (up to 13 credits, with no more than 7 credits coming from one degree or the other), the dual degrees can be earned in as few as 53-59 credits, as follows.


History - 30-36 Credits

Core Courses

21 Credits

  • Courses, as advised, including at least one research seminar in the appropriate major field and one reading seminar
  • A thesis in history for 4-6 credits may be presented in place of or in addition to the seminar

Supporting Courses

Courses in the social sciences and other fields as advised (6 credits from Information Science)

Major Field Examination

Satisfactory completion of a major field examination in a chosen concentration

Available concentrations: Public History, United States History, Modern European History, Latin America History, African History, Asian History, Local and Regional History, International History, Social and/or Economic History, Public Policy, Gender and Society, Culture and Society, and Work and Society.

Information Science

Required Courses

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

Concentration Course Areas

  • Archives and Records Administration
  • Library and Information Services
  • Information Management and Technology
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Data Analytics

Required Internship

Independent Study

Supporting courses as advised

A maximum of nine credit hours may be taken in other professional and academic fields as advised. Seven credit hours of approved course work in History must be part of the supporting courses sequence.


Additional Information


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Alexander Dawson at 518-442-5300 or [email protected].

Career Outcomes

Develop historical analysis proficiencies and analytical skills in this dual degree program to fine tune your skill set and prepare for a variety of information-centric career paths in the public and private sectors. As our society finds new and valuable ways to leverage data, skilled professionals will be needed to manage complex information systems.

Prepare for stimulating career paths with organizations such as: Libraries, Archives, Museums, State historical societies, and International corporations

Potential job titles include:

  • Librarian
  • Information Architect
  • Data Analyst
  • Digital Archivist
  • Market Analyst
  • Records Manager

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Admissions Requirements
  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: Not Available

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE test scores
  • Statement of goals
    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.