Combine Your Passion for Historical Research with Training in Modern Information Systems
Develop the specialized skills and experience needed in today's workplace with the dual master’s degree program in history and information science at the University at Albany.
By combining crucial historical analysis competencies with modern approaches in information structures, you can develop solutions to our most interesting challenges in areas including libraries, museums, archives, historic sites, educational and governmental institutions.
Work with UAlbany's dedicated staff of active researchers to go beyond foundational knowledge to build a skill set that will pave the way to socially important career paths. You will obtain the skills to manage data sets and analyze information in innovative ways.
The dual program offers a streamlined pathway through two degrees and draws on the University at Albany’s unique location near state archives and libraries and centered in New York’s high-tech corridor.
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
- 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
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.
Required Core Courses
- The Information Environment
- Information and Knowledge Organization
- Information Processing
- Information Sources and Services
- Administration of Information Agencies
- 6 credits of Technology courses
Concentration Course Areas
- Archives and Records Administration
- Library and Information Services
- Information Management and Technology
- Intelligence Analysis
- Data Analytics
Required research methods and statistics course
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.
For more information, contact Carl Bon Tempo at 518-442-5368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.