Program type:

Grad Track

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

Specialize in information and research and learn how to share knowledge with the world with this grad track program.
The Information Science grad track program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to function as information professionals in a variety of information agencies, including internet service providers, web search portals, information processing services, or electronic publishing.With the grad track program, students can begin taking master's level coursework as part of their undergraduate degree, allowing them to save money on tuition and fees and finish their education sooner.

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Why Earn Information Science Combined Degrees?

The continuous growth of information and technology innovation has led to a host of related trends and issues, including social media, security, privacy, digital divide, information literacy, open access, digital curation and more. With the need to address these issues comes the importance of educating a new generation of information professionals who not only have a can-do attitude but are also are flexible, innovative, entrepreneurial and progressive. The BSIS degree prepares students for a career at the intersection of information, people, and technology.

The ALA-accredited Master of Science with a major in Information Science (MS-IS) is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for them to function as information professionals in a variety of information agencies.

This program is offered:

  • Completely Online
  • In Denton (with a mix of online and face-to-face courses)
  • In an off-campus format in Houston
  • In the form of cohorts in some states

Each student works with a faculty advisor to create an individualized program reflecting the student’s career goals. The concentrations are intended to prepare graduates to succeed in a wide range of positions and information settings in both private and public organizations

Current Concentrations are:

The unique nature of this program, and what sets it apart from other programs that deal with the topic of information, is the approach to the study of information, its behavior, and its use from the point of view of the user

Benefits of Grad Track and Graduate Study:

  • Shortens the time and expense to complete the Master of Science programs from 36 credit hours to 27 credit hours.
  • Prepares the student for the rigors of graduate-level coursework while still an undergraduate.
  • Provides uninterrupted continuity of the knowledge gained as an undergraduate to graduate-level courses.
  • Provides an accelerated path to employment as an Information Science or Library Science professional.
Marketable Skills
  • Information analysis
  • Project management
  • Database design and application development
  • Information architecture and website design
  • Oral and written communication
  • Information resource management
  • Information access and services
  • Information organization, cataloging, and classification
  • Curation and preservation
  • Information behavior and systems

Information Science Combined Degrees Highlights

Special lectures hosted by the college and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge & Information Professional Association.
The Department of Information Science provides limited travel support to select students who are in good academic standing. These travel grants are offered to support the costs of travel to conferences, seminars, workshops and professional meetings relevant to their degree and course of study.
The Master of Science in Information Science Health Informatics program is ranked sixth in the nation.
Instruction is offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended, that allows you to balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.

What Can You Do With Information Science Combined Degrees?

The master's program prepares information professionals for work in a variety of roles and application settings, including various information agencies and all types of libraries. In addition, the program prepares at a master's level, individuals who wish to pursue study in the theoretical development of information science.

Information Science Combined Degrees Courses You Could Take

Information Retrieval Systems (3 hrs)
Topics include computer-based storage and retrieval of textual, pictorial, graphic and voice data. The course addresses questions about how users interact with information retrieval (IR) systems, their components, evaluation and their impact in society, and the issues of representation, the nature of the query and other aspects of the system.
Introduction to Metadata for Information Organization (3 hrs)
This course is an introduction to representation and organization of different kinds of information resources using various forms of metadata; examination and use of key metadata schemes, data and content standards; and tools for representing and organizing information resources in the digital environment.
Information and Knowledge Professions (3 hrs)
History, roles and scope of the information and knowledge professions. Basic concepts and issues including impact of information technology on the individual, intellectual freedom, privacy and diversity. Legal and ethical aspects of managing information and knowledge organizations. Course activities emphasize team building and leadership skills
Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry (3 hrs)
Epistemological foundations of information use. Basic principles and techniques of information access and knowledge inquiry. Survey of research in information seeking behavior and user interaction. Introduction to systems of access, search, retrieval, and navigation, as well as reference collection management and services. Study of evaluation methods for resources in all formats, services and user satisfaction
Electronic Information Services (3 hrs)
Basic concepts of electronic information services and databases in different fields; conducting online searches and evaluating services. Supervised practical experience.
Information Indexing and Organizing (3 hrs)
Students learn applications in different types of information systems of text documents, images or audio files; use of database retrieval software to store and represent information; indexing formulation, automatic programming and design for user support; and planning and implementing multimedia documents.

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