Information Science

Master's Degree Program


Graduate opportunities

The Master of Science degree in Information Science at the University of North Texas offers a unique approach to the study of information.

The program combines research and interdisciplinary courses to offer a premier educational experience as you start your journey to connecting people, information and technology.

Our program provides you the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as a professional in a variety of information agencies. Many graduates work in business intelligence, web search portals, information processing services or electronic publishing.

Innovative course delivery

Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended. This allows you to effectively balance courses with full-time or part-time employment. The core courses are offered online with a face-to-face component known as a web institute.

Distance students participating in the web institute format meet at a host site for either one nine- day institute or two four-day institutes and complete the remaining courses online. Cohorts are available in:

  • El Paso
  • Houston
  • Georgia
  • Los Angeles and northern California
  • Nevada and Utah
  • South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana
  • Virginia

Outstanding student support and accolades

The educational experience is enhanced by student organization activities, interaction with local chapters of national professional associations and pre-professional work with community libraries and corporations.

In addition to receiving American Library Association accreditation, our programs have received numerous other national recognitions. They are:

  • Ranked one of the nationís best Medical Informatics graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report
  • Ranked one of the nationís best masterís programs in Library and Information Sciences by U.S. News and World Report
  • Have the third largest endowment among library and information science programs in the U.S.
  • Received funds for research and student support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, the Online Computer Library Center and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Available concentrations

Archival Studies and Imaging Technology

Provides you the skills needed for production, archival and presentation of records, appraisal and acquisitions. Also prepares you to work with imaging for archives, museums and libraries.

General Program of Study

Primes you to succeed in a wide range of positions in both private and public organizations. Also provides leadership and demonstrates theoretical knowledge of library and information science and their applications in different fields.

Health Informatics

Prepares you to work with health and medical applications, electronic medical records, clinical research data, health education, e-science, and legal and ethical issues concerning health information.

Information Organization

Equips you with the necessary skills to organize information for a wide variety of information formats, resources, systems and environments. You could be responsible for library cataloging, classification, metadata development and use.

Information Systems

Outfits you with the basic skills and competencies thatíll enable you to support an organization to gain strategic and tactical competitive advantage. Also prepares you for positions that require technical knowledge and technical skills.

Research resources

Through the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium , youíll have access to a variety of offerings from other consortium members. We plan to enrich the WISE offerings through several of our courses each semester.

The Texas Center for Digital Knowledge assembles scholars from multiple disciplines to investigate and consult on technologies and practices that enhance organizational and workplace effectiveness. TxCDK provides research support services for faculty members and doctoral students, and it sponsors lectures and workshops.

Additional research labs include the Information Research and Analysis Lab , the Intelligent Information Access Lab and the Visual Thinking Lab.

Weíre also members of several key organizations and consortiums that provide unique research opportunities for our students. Among them is the iSchools organization, which allows our students to be trained in research by world renowned scholars.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Youíll need to meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School ® , which are outlined at gradschool.unt.edu. In addition, the Department of Library and Information Sciences requires:

  • Program application
  • Statement of purpose, indicating qualifications and your goals in applying to our program
  • Two letters of recommendation

For forms and more information about program admission requirements, visit our website. We also offer personal advising by phone and in person.

Degree requirements

  • 9 credit hours of core courses
  • 6 credit hours of major course requirements
  • 21 credit hours of electives (determined in consultation with a faculty advisor and depend on your career objectives, interests and previous experience)
  • Field experience with six months of professional experience in a paid position or a 120-hour practicum/internship in a library environment
  • In lieu of a thesis, an end of program exam is required during your last semester before graduation

Financial assistance

The university and department offer multiple options to help you pursue your graduate degree, including loans, library or teaching assistantships, scholarships, internships or co-ops, and part-time employment. More information about these opportunities is available at our website.

Information about federal financial assistance programs is available at the financial aid site. . Libraries, agencies and corporations offer part-time employment, internships or co-op experiences.