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Master of Science in Library and Information Studies, Information Architecture & Technology program of study

Florida State University School - Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Are you interested in learning the skills you need to manage information, either in a library or a corporate setting? Would you like to earn a Master of Arts or a Juris Doctorate at the same time as a Master of Science? If so, the MS in Information at Florida State University might be a great fit for your professional and academic goals.




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About This Program

Graduates of the Master of Science in Information program have the background to take on a wide number of professional roles. Some students go on to work as librarians in public, private or school libraries. Others use their information architecture degree to move into the corporate world. As the world becomes more and more populated by data, the IA education that our graduates receive becomes increasingly necessary.

The Master of Science in Information program at Florida State University is a well-regarded program that builds students’ theoretical knowledge in librarianship, information architecture, and technology. The program teaches students how to work professionally in the information field. There are additional options available allowing students to earn an MA or a Juris Doctorate at the same time as their MS.

All MS students must take 36 credit hours in order to graduate, including four core classes. Those classes are Research Methods in Information Studies, Introduction to Information Policy, Management of Information Organizations, and Information Organization. All students are also required to take a technology-focused course, such as Network Administration, Data Mining Methods and Applications, or Design and Production of Networked Multimedia. The IA program also offers a wide range of elective courses. Students can choose from electives that will help them achieve their career goals by following a designed track or simply following their own interests.

All of these courses are available online, making this program a great choice for anyone who already has a full-time career or other obligations that make it difficult for them to spend extended periods in an on-campus information architecture class. To graduate, students must complete all program requirements in seven years or less.

This graduate IA degree offers a number of programs of study. While these programs are not officially notated on degrees or transcripts, they allow students to build a depth of skills in one area that they can use in their careers. These programs include General Librarianship; Public, Academic and Special Libraries; Health Informatics; Information Organization; Leadership and Management; Reference Services; Technology & Networking; Web Design; Youth Services; and Specialized Study in Museum Theory and Practice. Students can also design their own program of study by choosing from the elective courses offered.

An MA degree can also be earned by students who choose to add six or more hours of graduate study in a field such as English, history, philosophy, or religion, and demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language.

The MS and MA degrees are accredited by the American Library Association. Florida State University is also regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Prospective students can apply online, and can even transfer credits from another institution if those courses were taken within the past seven years.

About This School

Florida State University was founded in 1851 and is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. The university comprises 16 colleges and enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The university is also home to Florida’s only national laboratory.

What I Will Learn

  • Information Architecture
  • Information Policy
  • Information Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Web Design
  • Librarianship

Why We Recommend This IA School Program

Florida State understands that information studies is a broad field that leads to many careers and has created a program that is flexible enough to prepare for many of them. This online information architecture program is ideal for those looking for a firm academic background in either information architecture or information management. Motivated students can also receive their Juris Doctorate.

Course Requirements / Prerequisites

Prospective students need to apply both to the School of Information and to Florida State University. All of this can be completed online. Applicants need to include a resume, a writing sample, and GRE scores. Work experience and prior academic experience are also both taken into consideration when applications are reviewed.