Master of Science in Information Sciences
Our American Library Association accredited, top-ranked Master of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS) program prepares students to effectively manage, navigate, analyze, and turn information into action in public and private sectors. Organizations produce enormous amounts of data, and individuals with an IS skill set are in high demand to analyze this data and advise about the future. From academic librarians to user experience designers, our MSIS program can prepare you for an enriching IS career in the setting that most excites you.
Program in Library & Information Sciences
according to U.S. News & World Report
Most affordable online program among top-20 programs, according to a 2018 cost analysis.*
Information Sciences is an interdisciplinary field, and we accept undergraduate degrees from any discipline from accredited institutions. Here’s a brief overview of SIS application requirements:
- No GRE required.
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher.
- Written statement of career objective.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- $60 application fee.
Information Sciences is a broad field, and our Career Pathways are designed to help students craft a program of study that will prepare them for specific careers. Read our Career Pathways FAQs for more information.
*Students interested in school librarianship/school media specialist careers should visit our certificate and licensure page to learn more.
Online Classes. On-Campus Feel.
Receive a great educational experience whether you prefer to study online or on-campus. SIS online courses feature live synchronous virtual classrooms and encourage high-levels of interaction and collaboration among faculty and students.
Upon enrollment, each admitted student is assigned an SIS faculty member to serve as an advisor throughout the MSIS journey and beyond. Faculty advisors assist students with creating an individualized program of study, which is aligned to their specific career goals and aspirations.
“Going to UT was probably the best thing I could have done for myself. I felt like I was learning everything I needed to learn in terms of background and theory, and
Natalie Hansen (‘12), Nuclear Archivist
Personalized 36-Hour Curriculum
The MSIS degree requires 36 semester hours of graduate courses, including 27 hours of coursework in information sciences. Students may take up to 9 hours of graduate courses outside of the School, including a maximum of 6 hours outside the college. Visit our graduate course catalog to explore our IS courses.
The UT MSIS program ranks among the most affordable online library and information sciences program in the nation. Receive the same great educational experience whether you choose to study online or on-campus.
Experiential Learning for Credit Hours
Engage in real-world work experience for credit hours. Our practicum program connects the dots between coursework and workplace application, and sharpens your professional skills and abilities to solve real-world problems.
Engaging Research Opportunities
We encourage students, both on-campus and online, to engage in research projects during their time in the MSIS program. This might be working alongside a faculty member on an existing project, or conducting their own project under the supervision of a faculty member. Many student research projects align with the following school strengths and specialties:
- Academic Libraries and Librarianship
- Data Curation and Data Management
- Evaluation and Assessment of Libraries and Information Services and Systems
- Geographic and Scientific Information
- Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience
- Information Behavior, Information Literacy, and Information Retrieval
- Information Communication Technology in Developing Economies
- Information Policy and Intellectual Property
- Library and Information Science Education
- Open Source Software and Communities
- Scholarly and Scientific Communication
- Social Justice and Information Services
- Social Media and Social Informatics
- Youth Informatics and Youth Services
Graduate Certificates and Minors
Interested in involving computer science and/or working with youth in your MSIS journey? Explore our Graduate Minor in Computational Science, Youth Informatics Certificate, and School Library Media Licensure.