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Master of Science in Information, Library and Information Science Specialization

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

There are many ways to earn a degree in information science, and the Master of Science in Information (MSI) with the specialization in Library and Information Science is an excellent way to do so. You’ll learn how to use tools to collect, organize, and distribute information so that it is readily available.




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About This Program

A degree in information science can lead to many possibilities. In fact, students who earn the MSI at the University of Michigan will have some excellent career prospects ahead of them. Whether it is work as an archivist, an academic librarian, a digital archivist, an information and records manager, an instructional librarian, an IT consultant, a software engineer, or a plethora of other career paths, students will certainly find their way into their ideal career with this IA program.

This graduate degree program lasts two years for full-time students, ending successfully in 48 credits total. Electives, internships, cognate courses (those outside of the School of Information), and other aspects make up the MSI with a specialization in Library and Information Science program. Students who are looking to learn more about information management will likely want to focus on this concentration.

Students who are participating in the MSI program at the University of Michigan are required to select a specific area of interest. Library and Information Science is one of those specialties (its full name is "Digital Archives and Library Science / Preservation"). The courses students will take will prepare them to work in a variety of institutions, whether it be public, private, or academic.

Librarians today are far more than those who keep track of books. Nowadays they must understand information science and technology, as well as have an information architecture education of some kind. The program reflects that and takes a modern-day approach to librarianship. Students may choose between Library and Archives Assessment or Digital Curation for their mastery course, or else they may elect to do a Master's thesis instead.

Students may finish this IA program in 2 years (full time) or 3 to 4 years (part-time). Students must complete 48 credits in order to graduate and earn their degree, which should include an internship, one or two cognate courses, electives, and a mastery course or a master's thesis to be completed during their second (or final) year of study.

The MSI with a specialization in Library and Information Science focuses on a practical outlook in its education methods. It allows practical experience, and specific, goal-oriented career development, which likely leads to the further success of its graduates. Students must do actual field work before being allowed to graduate, usually via an internship during their two (or 3 to 4) years of study.

Students must apply by the 1st of May at the absolute latest if they are United States residents. Residents of other countries must apply by the 15th of January in order to begin that fall. Tuition costs $2,467 per hour for non-Michigan residents, but the first hour every semester costs $2,843.

About This School

The University of Michigan is a public university located in the city of Ann Arbor, which has a population of 115,000. It has 43,400 enrolled students and is ranked 12th in the world for public universities. Around 450 graduate students are attending the School of Information (UMSI). The School of Information has been around since its founding in 1926.

What I Will Learn

  • Knowledge Management
  • Librarianship
  • Information Science
  • Content Management
  • Information Technology
  • Digital Archives

Why We Recommend This IA School Program

Practical experience is the goal of this program, making the master of science in information with library and information science specialization ideal for those looking to start their information management careers. With work experience built into the information architecture program, you’ll graduate with practical skills that will take you far in your career.

Course Requirements / Prerequisites

To be eligible to apply for the MSI program, students must already have a Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher. If the GPA is too low, there is still a chance the student could be accepted if their application is strong enough.