Graduate Programs

The School of Information graduate programs prepare students for the many and varied careers, which can be found wherever information and information technologies are at work: in public, academic, and special libraries; entrepreneurial businesses; large corporations; consulting and research groups; legal firms; all levels of educational institutions; a wide spectrum of non-profit organizations, such as museums, archives and medical institutions; as well as local, state, national and international government agencies.

 

Admission to the School of Information requires approval of both the University and the School itself.  Each application is considered on its own merits and is reviewed holistically.  Our admissions committee makes its recommendation after reviewing your application in its entirety:  personal statement, resume, official transcripts and graduate admissions entrance exam scores.  While work experience and positive recommendations are a benefit to any application, the admissions committee must also consider the past academic performance and graduate entrance examination.  Should an applicant be deficient in one area, the strength of the rest of the application becomes crucial.

Our full-time, Research I University faculty is comprised of information professionals with expertise developed from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds.  Since 1996, our groundbreaking online graduate education program has combined quality and convenience for an exceptional online learning experience.

Master’s and Specialist degree programs, as well as our professional Graduate Certificates, are completely online. Courses are typically offered as real-time, synchronous classes. Each online class meets once a week, Monday through Thursday evenings between 6-8 or 8-10 pm EST.  The many benefits of our online programs include their convenience for working professionals and accessibility from anywhere in the world; however for an individual to be successful in our programs, he/she must have a baseline familiarity with technology and be self-directed. In our opinion, this is what makes the online approach ideal for Master’s and Specialist education. Please note, our Ph.D. program is NOT online.

IDEA Learning Community

The School of Information offers a unique opportunity for students interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Information or the Master of Science in Information Technology. The IDEA Learning Community is a funded on-campus opportunity for students who share common academic goals and attitudes to meet and collaborate in the areas of innovation, digital fluency, entrepreneurship, and advocacy (IDEA). Students will select from one of the following areas of specialization – web developer and administrator, computer security systems analyst, digital youth specialist, or health informaticist – and a specific program of study will be provided that outlines completion of the program in 3-4 consecutive semesters. Opportunities for interdisciplinary and career-focused learning, as well as hands-on experience will be available. For more information and to apply, visit the IDEA Learning Community website.