Information Science

Master's Degree Program


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 informationcentered
    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 parttime
employment. More information about these
opportunities are available at informationscience.unt.edu/financial-assistance.