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Master of Science 

Information Science

Program of Study

Core Courses

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


Concentration Courses

See course requirements for your chosen concentration.


Supporting Courses

Three to five additional classes as advised.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Tiffany Williams-Hart at infosci@albany.edu.

 

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 Accreditation and Assessment page.

Required Internship (150 hours)

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.

 
Concentrations and Careers
Archives and Records Administration

Required Courses

  • Fundamentals of Records Management
  • Electronic Record Management
  • Archives and Manuscripts
  • Archival Representation or Preservation Management in Archives and Libraries

Jobs

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

Information Management and Technology

Required Courses

  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Information and Public Policy
  • Human Information Behavior
  • Information Systems

Jobs

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

Library and Information Services

Required Courses

  • Information Processing
  • Information Sources and Services

Jobs

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

Intelligence Analysis

Required Courses

  • Text Analysis
  • Intelligence Analysis Research Seminar
  • Introduction to Legal Research

Jobs

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

Data Analytics

Required Courses

  • Text Analysis
  • Database Systems and Data Analysis

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. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

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 score
  • Statement of Goals

The GRE will be waived as a requirement for admission to the Information Science master's program for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 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.