Graduate opportunities

The Master of Science degree with a major 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 in connecting people, information and technology.

Innovative course delivery

Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended. The core courses are offered online with a face-to-face component known as the onsite institute.

Distance students participating in the onsite institute format meet at a host site for three two-day institutes and complete the remaining courses online. Cohorts are available in various locations around the country.

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 the American Library Association accreditation, our programs have received numerous other national recognitions, including:

  • Ranked one of the nation’s Top 10 Best Medical Informatics graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report
  • Ranked one of the nation’s best master’s programs in Library and Information Sciences, according to U.S. News and World Report
  • Funding for research and student support from organizations such as the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library of Congress

Available concentrations

Archival Studies and Imaging Technology

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

Health Informatics

Prepares you to work with health and medical applications, electronic medical records, clinical research data, health education, and e-science, as well as 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 that will enable you to support an organization in gaining strategic and tactical competitive advantages. Prepares you for positions that require technical knowledge and skills.

General Program of Study

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

Research and teaching resources

We are a member of key organizations and consortiums that provide unique research opportunities for our students. We are a member of the prestigious iSchools organization, a collection of information schools committed to advancing the information field. This partnership provides opportunities for our students to be trained in research by world-renowned scholars.

Through the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium, you’ll have access to course offerings from other consortium members. Research labs and centers on campus provide you with the resources necessary to conduct in-depth study in your field. These centers include the Information for Research and Analysis Lab, the Intelligent Information Access Lab and the Visual Thinking Laboratory.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You will need to meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School®. In addition, the department requires:

  • Program application
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose, indicating qualifications and your goals
  • Two letters of recommendation

For more information on program admission requirements or to download the recommendation form, visit our website.

Degree requirements

  • 9 credit hours of core courses
  • 6 credit hours of major course requirements
  • 21 credit hours of electives
  • An end of program exam or two advanced seminar courses
  • Field experience with six months of professional experience in a paid position or a 120-hour practicum/internship in a library or information-centered environment

Financial assistance

The university and department offer multiple options to help you pursue your graduate degree, including scholarships, loans, graduate assistantships, internships or co-ops, and part-time employment. More information about these opportunities are available at informationscience.unt.edu/financial-assistance.

Faculty

Jeff Allen, Regents Professor; Ph.D., Penn State University. Knowledge acquisition; knowledge management; workforce development and innovation.

Bobbie Bushman, Lecturer; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Children and young adult services; library services for the deaf; public libraries; special needs library programming.

Yvonne J. Chandler, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Michigan. Legal information services and research; internet resources and services; law librarianship; LIS education.

Hsia-Ching (Carrie) Chang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University at Albany. Adoption/diffusion of social media; business analytics; knowledge/science mapping; cloud computing security; information architecture.

Jiangping Chen, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Syracuse University. Digital libraries; intelligent information access; natural language processing; information systems design and analysis.

Ana D. Cleveland, Regents Professor; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University. Medical informatics; information storage and retrieval; indexing and abstracting.

Yunfei Du, Professor and Interim Department Chair; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Academic libraries; international librarianship; learning styles; e-learning.

Larry Enoch, Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Information organization; design theory; information access; special libraries.

Suliman Hawamdeh, Professor; Ph.D., University of Sheffield. Digital information management; knowledge management; information organization and information retrieval; organizational learning and learning organization.

Jeonghyun Kim, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Digital curation and data management; information behavior and interaction; LIS education.

John Marino, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Information behavior in context; the Big6 information problem-solving process; digital learning environments; LIS education.

Shawne D. Miksa, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. Organization, control and access to information entities; classification research and theory; information retrieval; bibliometrics.

Brian O’Connor, Professor; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley. Image document access; information-seeking behavior; browsing studies; representation of questions and documents.

Guillermo Oyarce, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Information retrieval systems; feature selection; human computer interaction: direct, manipulation in IR and visualization.

Jodi Philbrick, Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Health informatics; health sciences libraries; competencies for information professionals; social media, mobile technology and information access.

Barbara Schultz-Jones, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Collaboration networks; cataloging; social networks; school library automation systems; information behavior in context.

Daniella Smith, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. Leadership development; diversity; technology in schools; youth information-seeking behaviors; school libraries; online learning.

Michele Villagran, Lecturer; Ed.D., Pepperdine University. Legal information services and research; cultural intelligence; conflict management; competitive intelligence; special libraries; organizational leadership/behavior.

Xin Wang, Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Usability and user experience research; health informatics; human computer interaction; image system design.

Maurice Wheeler, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Management; leadership; organizational culture; diversity; public libraries.

Oksana Zavalina, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois. Information organization, access and retrieval; digital libraries and aggregations; subject access; metadata, cataloging and classification; use of information systems.