School of Information Sciences - Information Science & Technology Program


Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS)

The MSIS program is a 36-credit program that can be completed in one year of full-time study or as many as four years of part-time study. Prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) degree program include one three-credit college course in each of the following:

Additional information about the MSIS Program is here.

Joint Degree Program with GSPIA

The School of Information Sciences (SIS) has entered into a joint agreement with Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). The program allows for students to complete the Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) degree and one of three degrees in GSPIA simultaneously. To be admitted fully into the joint program, students must be accepted by both GSPIA and SIS.

Additional information about the joint degree program is available here.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

The 24-credit CAS provides a personalized program of studies beyond the MSIS degree. Designed for people who do not wish to pursue the PhD degree, it enables post-master's-level students to explore a specific field of interest or to update skills and competencies. The CAS is an ideal way to refresh proficiencies and gain expertise in the most current areas of professional interest.

Additional information about the CAS Program is here.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science program prepares students for advanced work in research and teaching. This 60-credit program provides research-oriented graduate study and professional specialization in the science of information. The candidate must give evidence of superior scholarship and mastery of a specialized field of knowledge and must demonstrate his/her ability to do significant and relevant research. Major milestones enroute to the PhD degree are the preliminary examination, the comprehensive examination, the dissertation proposal, and the dissertation defense.

Additional information on the PhD program is available here.

Non-Degree (Special) Graduate Students

Prospective students may apply as a “Special Student” in order to enroll in graduate-level classes at the School of Information Sciences. These students take classes without the promise or expectation of earning either a degree or Certificate. If such students should decide to go on and earn a graduate degree or Certificate within the School, they must apply to the specific degree program and will be held accountable for meeting all admission requirements for the chosen Master’s Degree or Certificate Program.  Please note that only 6 credit hours taken as a "Special Student" will be accepted towards the Master's Degree or Certificate.

Admissions Requirements are located here.


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