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Specialize in information and research and learn how to share knowledge with the world.
The Master of Science with a major in Information Science 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.

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Why Earn an Information Science Master's?

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, including Internet service providers, Web search portals, information processing services, or electronic publishing.

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 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.

To provide this education, the program rests on a broad conceptual framework that is covered in the core courses, and the program is elaborated in courses that educate information professionals for a number of different client settings. The unique nature of this program, and what sets it apart from other programs in the university that may deal in some way 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.

Marketable Skills
  • Information resource management
  • Information access and services
  • Information organization, cataloging, and classification
  • Curation and preservation
  • Information behavior and system


Information Science Master's 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 an Information Science Master's?

Students earning this degree will be prepared for a wide range of careers, such as:

  • Information broker
  • Database analyst
  • Chief information officer
  • User experience (UX) designer
  • Information architect
  • Knowledge manager
  • System librarian
  • Health informatics specialist
  • Information security analyst
  • Web developer/web content manager Information systems specialist

Information Science Master's Courses You Could Take

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.
Information Organization (3 hrs)
Principles, concepts and practices of information organization and presentation. Concepts and problems of human information behavior, classification and categorization related to information organization. Database technology, structure and design. Standards for information organization, data representation and information exchange. Systems for organizing information and facilitating information access in various information use environments.
Records Management (3 hrs)
Operations in preparation, dissemination, organization, storing and retrieval with emphasis on records control and utilization. Preservation and security problems; retention, transfer and disposal. Planning and supervising records management programs. Departmental functions and organization. Data-processing applications and online systems.
Advanced Management and Information Agencies (3 hrs)
Advanced topics in administration of different types of libraries, information systems and related agencies; planning and program development; personnel and financial management; legal problems and political relations; problem-solving and decision making; project and systems management; funding and support; issues and trends. Individual investigation of selected problems.
Marketing and Customer Relationships for Information Professionals (3 hrs)
Demonstrates marketing and customer relationship management and their importance for libraries and information centers, principles of marketing, public relations, and outreach. Marketing mix, development and implementation of marketing and customer relationship strategy, mission statement. Market segmentation, the role and characteristics of the users of information services, user needs, groups of users.
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.

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