College of Information

Master’s and Doctoral Programs

The College

The College of Information at the University of North Texas is constantly evolving to meet rapid technological advances in information sciences, learning technologies and linguistics. The college operates within a nexus of learning, research, information and technology to facilitate the creation and assimilation of knowledge, innovation and performance.

The knowledge and skills you gain while pursuing your degree help you thrive in any education, research, medical, law or corporate setting.

Our college's accolades include:

  • One of the nation's best Medical Informatics programs, according to U.S. News and World Report (No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in Texas)
  • One of the nation's best School Media programs, according to U.S. News and World Report (No. 8 nationally) One of the nation's best master's programs in Library and Information Sciences, according to U.S. News and World Report (No. 21 nationally)
  • One of the nation's best master's programs in Learning Technologies, according to (No. 20 nationally)
  • The nation's largest interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Information Science
  • The state's first distributed Learning Technologies Ph.D. program
  • The nation's first online school library preparation program
  • American Library Association accreditation for our Library and Information Science master's degree program

Outstanding resources

Flexible class schedules with course work offered onsite, online and in blended course formats allow you to better balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.

Our college consists of the Department of Learning Technologies, the Department of Information Science and the unit of Linguistics. Each area features faculty members who are recognized as experts in their fields and are involved in innovative research areas, such as:

  • Career and technical education
  • Digital knowledge and collections
  • Distributed learning
  • Documenting endangered languages
  • Information behavior

Research opportunities

Our research centers and laboratories provide you the resources and facilities needed for furthering your studies. Faculty members in the college have obtained research grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Science Foundation and other national and state agencies. The research centers include the following:

Center for Knowledge Solutions

Empowers scholars to make evidence-based decisions that optimize learning and performance systems.

Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning

Conducts research and implements best practices in teaching and learning with technology.

Texas Center for Digital Knowledge

Brings together scholars from multiple disciplines to investigate and consult on technology practices that enhance organizational and workplace effectiveness.

Texas Center for Educational Technology

Facilitates, develops and conducts research and evaluations among industry, education and government focused on learning technology.

Our departments

Department of Learning Technologies

This department's programs provide you the knowledge and experience needed to use and improve learning technologies through research, product development and applying current tools to solve educational problems.

The programs are nationally and internationally known for helping future educators and technology professionals understand technology tools and their applications.

Our graduates play key roles in education and business settings as:

  • Faculty members at universities and community colleges
  • Instructional designers
  • Information system managers
  • Technical consultants
  • Technology coordinators
  • Researchers
  • Web designers and developers

Areas of study/degrees offered

Applied Technology and Performance Improvement
  • Master of Science for professionals seeking careers in training and development
  • Doctor of Philosophy readies you for a career as a scholar and researcher
Learning Technologies
  • Master of Science enables you to specialize in instructional systems, instructional systems design, instructional systems technology, and teaching and learning with technology. The degree is completely online and can be finished in as few as 12 months.
  • Doctor of Philosophy focuses on defining, understanding and expanding the synergy of technology and learning/instructional systems theory. Courses are offered onsite or online as part of a distance-delivered program featuring a yearly meeting held in conjunction with the International Society for Technology in Education Conference.


Graduate academic certificate in Interactive and Virtual Digital Communication

This certificate is available from the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, the Department of Information Science and the Department of Learning Technologies. This 18-credit-hour program provides you written, visual and technical competencies required to successfully communicate in modern environments.

Program certificates in Learning Technologies

These certificates include:

  • Distance, Distributed and Virtual Learning
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Instructional Systems Design
  • Technology Integration
  • Technology and Autism
  • Technology and Cognition
  • Web Development and Management
Training certificate

You may receive a basic corporate training or advanced corporate training certificate online from the Applied Technology and Performance Improvement program. This certificate may provide occupational advancement.

Department of Information Science

The department continues to meet the ever-changing needs of the information and knowledge profession.

Programs prepare information professionals to work in a variety of roles and application settings, including various information agencies and all types of libraries.

In addition, the master's program can prepare you to pursue study in the theoretical development of information science. Our graduates serve as intermediaries between information and information seekers, as well as serve in crucial roles involving sophisticated technological tools.

Areas of study/degrees offered

Library Science or Information Science
  • Master of Science offered onsite, in an off-campus format in Houston or through the department's online and distance learning program. The online and distance learning option requires a face-to-face component called a web institute. The distinguishing factor of our program is the approach to the study of information, its behavior and its use from the user's point of view. Concentrations are available in:
    • Archival studies and digital image management
    • Distributed learning librarianship
    • General program of study
    • Health informatics
    • Information organization
    • Information systems
    • Law librarianship and legal informatics specialist
    • School librarianship
    • Youth librarianship
Information Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy prepares you to contribute to the advancement and evaluation of the information society as an administrator, researcher or educator; provides approaches to solving information problems from a variety of different departments across campus.


School librarian certificate

If you have at least two years of teaching experience, you can pursue this certificate by completing the 21-credit-hour program, a master's degree and a state certification exam. The certification courses are available completely online.

Graduate academic certificates

These certificates typically require 12 credit hours of course work and provide conceptual understanding and technical proficiency in a specific field of study. Certificates are available in:

  • Advanced management in libraries and information agencies
  • Archival studies
  • Digital content management
  • Digital curation
  • Leadership in professional development in technology for schools
  • Storytelling
  • Youth services in libraries and information settings

A post-master's (sixth-year) program leading to a certificate of advanced study enables you to seek further specialization in digital image management, rural librarianship or health informatics.

A certificate in Interactive and Virtual Digital Communication is available from the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, the Department of Information Science and the Department of Learning Technologies. This 18-credit-hour program provides you written, visual and technical competencies required to successfully communicate in modern environments.

Unit of Linguistics

The programs in Linguistics prepare you for a variety of challenging careers, including those in government, education, law, bioinformatics and natural language processing. Because Linguistics provides the skills to analyze language, companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple and others are eager to hire students with degrees in Linguistics.

Our graduates play key roles in education and business settings, such as:

  • Advertising
  • Codes and code-breaking
  • Language education
  • Law in forensic linguistics
  • Marketing
  • Speech-language pathology and audiology

UNT is one of the few linguistics programs in the country that offers regular courses in the linguistic analysis of poetry and prose.

Our master's programs also serve as an excellent foundation for doctoral studies in Linguistics and other language-related fields.

Areas of study/degrees offered

  • Master of Arts in Linguistics allows you to specialize in language documentation, curation and conservation; sociolinguistics language variation and change; and linguistic analysis of literature
  • Master of Arts in English as a Second Language prepares you for careers in teaching ESL or English as a foreign language (to both adults and children) and language arts instruction for K-12 (with additional certification and course work from the College of Education)

Professional certificates

Graduate Academic Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This certificate provides the basic background and skills for teachers of ESL or English as a foreign language with 160 student-teacher contact hours, including at least 40 contact hours of practicum. All of the 5000-level courses taken for the certificate may also count toward either M.A. degree. This program doesn't lead to teacher certification for Texas public schools.

Teacher Certification in ESL

You can attain Texas Teacher Certification in ESL with additional course work from the College of Education and successful completion of the certification process.