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Our competitive MSIS degree offers a pathway to a successful career, now and into the future. The professional program attracts students from an array of undergraduate and professional backgrounds including business, psychology, anthropology, engineering, art history, music, and architecture. As the field of information rapidly expands within the digital age, iSchool students engage in a flexible curriculum that provides the tools necessary to study, manage, and innovate the information systems around us. We are committed to accelerating your career prospects for a leadership role in the years ahead.
The master's degree program entails 40 semester hours of coursework. All students must take nine semester credit hours of core courses during their first year of studies. Twenty-seven credit hours of electives are to be taken from the range of courses offered by the School of Information and/or a mix of courses within the School of Information and elsewhere at UT Austin1 . Finally, each student must complete his or her Capstone Experience under one of the Capstone Experience Courses.
Courses in the Master of Science in Information Studies curriculum should be viewed in terms of three elements:
- Core - Required courses that all School of Information students must take early in their program (9 semester credit hours)
- Electives - Elective courses (27 semester credit hours)*
- Capstone Experience - A Capstone experience course plus concurrent registration in INF 181E (4 semester credit hours)
Core (9 semester credit hours)
All students must take the following courses during their first year of studies (9 semester credit hours):
- INF 380C Information in Social and Cultural Context
- INF 380E Perspectives on Information
- INF 397C Understanding Research
Elective courses (27 credit hours)
Electives are to be taken from the range of courses offered by the School of Information, elsewhere at UT Austin, or via the WISE Consortium. Students may take up to twelve (12) graduate credits OR up to nine (9) upper-division undergraduate credits at UT-Austin outside the School with the permission of their advisors. No more than six (6) upper-division undergraduate credits may be from any one (1) department. Students may not count any iSchool undergraduate courses toward their iSchool graduate degrees. A student may also complete up to six (6) semester credit hours of Individual Studies without special permission of the GSC.
Capstone Experience (4 semester credit hours)
Each student must complete his or her Capstone Experience under one of the Capstone Experience Courses. The student must also be registered concurrently in INF 181E - Individual Studies in Electronic Portfolio. Students in the School Librarian Certification Program may meet the Capstone requirement by completing the Practicum in School Libraries course.
- 181E - Individual Studies Electronic Portfolio
- GIAC Application for admission. The electronic application is available at www.ApplyTexas.org.
- GIAC Application Fee. This can be submitted via www.ApplyTexas.org.
- One official transcript from each college or university attended. Submit electronic copies of your official transcripts according to the GIAC website. Please avoid mailing paper copies to ensure a quicker processing of your application.
- An official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Scores must be sent from the official testing agency to GIAC, using the codes for the University of Texas at Austin (GRE Code: 6882).
- Personal Statement. Once your application is submitted, electronically upload a personal statement reflecting your long-range career objectives and desired program of study.
- Three Letters of Recommendation.You will be asked to submit the names and contact information of three recommenders at the time of your online application. After submitting the application, each contact will receive an email with directions for submitting a recommendation letter online.
- A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to The University of Texas at Austin and the School of Information.
- Teaching & Graduate Research Assistantships
- Global Education