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Information (MS) 
Program Description

The Masters of Science in Information (INFOMS) provides a course-based degree targeted at future information professionals. 

Through highly interdisciplinary curriculum, community interaction opportunities, and emphasis on information engagement, the MS-I program aims to produce generations of information professional and researchers who have the knowledge, skill, and ability to collaborate across disciplines to solve real world information problems and address grand information challenges of today and the future.

The School of Information is well positioned to provide world-class graduate education in many of the sub-disciplines of Information.  In particular, our faculty has expertise to support graduate education in Information Ethics, Intellectual Property Rights, Information and Social Network Analysis, Computational Intelligence, Data Science, Information Systems, Healthcare Informatics, as well as Biodiversity and Ecological Informatics. The School is actively engaged in collaborative research in other departments around the University of Arizona as well as other U.S. and international universities and research institutes.

The number of units to complete the degree is 30 units of credit.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Information -

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge.  At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.

We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.

 
College
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Grace Ann Green
Graduate Program Coordinator
Grace Ann Green
Director of Graduate Studies
Hong Cui
520-621-3565
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Jessica N Kniest
520-626-1930
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited school/institution.
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • official GRE scores.
  • Undergraduate preparatory courses in basic principles of mathematics, probability and statistics, and programming methodology.
  • A Graduate College admission application and $85 fee payable via credit card.

    The following material is requried:
  • A 750-1000 word, double spaced statement detailing why the applicant is interested in the field of Information. This statement should reflect some knowledge of the directions of the field and what the role of professionals in the field might be in the future. The statement should demonstrate excellent organizational and writing abilities. The statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic abilities and/or professional potential.  Letters should be written by faculty members, work supervisors, or other professional colleagues. The letters should be dated (no more than one year old) and in sealed envelopes from the author. There is no form for these letters. A recommendation letter may be emailed directly to School of Information (si-info@email.arizona.edu) from the author or may be submitted by the applicant in a sealed envelope.
  • Two (2) official transcripts from each college or university attended in sealed envelopes. Do not send transcripts to the Graduate College or the Office of the Registrar.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae. The resume may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
     
  • Send admissions materials to:
    ​School of Information
    The University of Arizona
    Harvill 409
    1103 E 2nd St
    Tucson, Arizona 85721
  • Items sent electronically should be directed to si-info@email.arizona.edu

 
Standardized Tests

GRE scores are required for the Master of Science of Information and should be included in the admission application.

 
Financial Aid

Financial support will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s potential to become qualified information professionals or effective researchers in Information. Input to this process will include prior coursework and grades, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation; and research/artistic/professional products such as papers, substantive works, or significant contributions to software systems. 

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic and **International Applicants:

  • Fall semester - April 1
  • Summer semester - April 1
  • Spring semester - November 1
  • **International Applicants: Per immigration regulations, students admitted to a graduate program must enroll in a total of 9 units, of which 6 of those units must be courses taught in-person and only 3 online units may be used toward full-time enrollment. For questions regarding enrollment, please contact the School of Information (si-info@email.arizonal.edu) for assistance.

 

 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Master’s Degree Credit Hours
The master’s degree is designed for students who wish to develop advanced skills in applying information methods and become competitive information professionals. This track requires 30 credit hours. Of these, there will be 4 core courses (12 units), 4 elective courses (12 units – up to 6 of these units can be taken from other units on campus, outside of the School), and 2 courses that count as experiential coursework (6 units).
 
Core Courses (12 units total)
INFO(LIS) 505 Foundations of Information – 3 units
INFO(LIS) 507 Information Research Methods – 3 units
INFO(LIS) 500 Data Intensive Methods – 3 units (under-development)
INFO(LIS) 515 Organization of Information – 3 units
 
Elective Courses (12 units total – up to 6 of these units can be taken from other units on campus, outside of the School). MS students will choose their elective coursework in coordination with their advisor and based on their interests. The list of courses below illustrates the range of courses available as of the time of this proposal. Others will be developed based on student and faculty interest:
 
INFO         510 Bayesian Modeling and Inference
INFO(LIS) 517 Introduction to Digital Cultures
INFO(LIS) 519 Knowledge in a Digital World
INFO         520 Applied Cyberinfrastructure Concepts
LIS            520 Ethics for Library and Information Professionals
INFO(LIS) 521 Introduction to Machine Learning
INFO(LIS) 533 Medical Online Searching
INFO(LIS) 540 Introduction to Archives
INFO         550 Artificial Intelligence
INFO         555 Applied Natural Language Processing
INFO         556 Text Retrieval and Web Search
INFO(LIS) 558 Social Justice in Information Services
INFO(LIS) 567 Leadership and the Information Organization
INFO(LIS) 570 Database Management and Development
INFO(LIS) 571 Introduction to Information Technology
INFO(LIS) 575 User Interface and Website Design
INFO(LIS) 584 Introduction to Copyright
INFO(LIS) 587 Information Seeking Behaviors
INFO(LIS) 589 Scholarly Communication
INFO(LIS) 608 Managing the Information Organization
INFO(LIS) 613 Decision Making (will become “Competitive Intelligence”)
INFO(LIS) 614 Information Theory and Transfer
INFO(LIS) 624 Community Health and Medical Informatics
INFO(LIS) 630 Controlled Vocabularies and Ontologies
INFO(LIS) 640 Advanced Issues Archival Enterprise
LIS(LIS) 646 Healthcare Informatics: Theory and Practice
NURS       650 Theories of Leadership & Organizational Management
INFO(LIS) 671 Introduction to Digital Collections
INFO(LIS) 672 Introduction to Applied Technology
INFO(LIS) 673 Managing the Digital Environment
INFO(LIS) 675 Advanced Digital Collections
 
Experiential Courses (6 units total)
INFO(LIS) 694 Capstone (Experiential Capstone) – 3 units
INFO(LIS) 693 Internship – 1-3 units
INFO(LIS) 900 Directed Research – 1-3 units
*Courses approved as ‘service learning’ or experientially-driven will be approved by the student's advisor to meet this category requirement.
 
Areas of Emphasis
Students are encouraged to select an emphasis area or develop their own in collaboration with their faculty advisor. The following table represents some anticipated areas of interest and specialization based on known faculty and student interest and expertise. Most of the suggested courses in other departments have historically had open seats. Where certain courses may have filled or been closed to out-of-department students but we are working on reserving seats if there is demand.

 

Emphasis Areas:

Data Science

INFO(LIS) 515 Organization of Information

INFO 520 Applied Cyberinfrastructure Concepts

INFO 516 Human Computer Interaction

INFO 5xx Mining Data for Information (under development)

INFO(LIS) 570 Database Management and Development

INFO 456/556 Text Retrieval and Web Search

INFO(LIS) 630 Controlled Vocabularies and Ontologies

INFO(LIS) xxx Introduction to Data Security (to be cross-listed)

 

Information Systems

INFO(LIS) 515 Organization of Information

INFO(LIS) 519 Knowledge in a Digital World

INFO(LIS) 570 Database Management and Development

INFO(LIS) 574 Digital Libraries

INFO(LIS) 575 User Interface and Website Design

INFO(LIS) 672 Introduction to Applied [Web] Technology (LAMP)

INFO(LIS) 675 Advanced Digital Collections

INFO(LIS) 558 XML and Semantic Web

 

Human Information Interaction

INFO 516 Human-Computer Interaction

INFO(LIS) 575 User Interface and Website Design

INFO(LIS) 671 Introduction to Digital Collection

INFO 555 Applied Natural Language Processing

 

Healthcare Informatics

INFO(LIS) 515 Organization of Information

INFO(LIS) 646 Healthcare informatics: theory and practice

NURS(LIS) 634 Database Management in Healthcare Systems

INFO(LIS) 533 Medical Online Searching

NURS 736 Technology for Expanding Health-care Capacity

NURS 650 Theories of Leadership & Organizational Management

 

Biodiversity/Ecological Informatics 

INFO(LIS) 524 Informatics in Biology

INFO(LIS) 515 Information Organization

INFO(LIS) 588 XML and Semantic Web Standards

GIST 601 Intro to Geographic Information Systems & Technology I

INFO 520 Applied Cyberinfrastructure Concepts

 

Computational Arts

INFO 501 Multimedia Installation

INFO xxx Game Development (to be cross-listed)

INFO 516 Human Computer Interaction

INFO 503 Creative Coding

ART 596 Critical Issues in Design

ART 696 Contemporary Art: Concepts and Issues

Additional Requirements for the MS-I

In collaboration with the Faculty Advisor or the student’s chosen faculty mentor, each student is responsible for developing a Master’s Plan of Study during her or his first few months in residence to be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies in the School. The Plan of Study should be submitted to the Graduate College no later than the second semester in residence.

The Master’s Plan of Study identifies: 1) courses the student intends to transfer from other institutions; 2) courses already completed at The University of Arizona which the student intends to apply toward the graduate degree; and 3) additional course work to be completed to fulfill degree requirements.  The Plan of Study must have approval of the Director of Graduate Studies before it can be submitted to the Graduate College.

Comprehensive Exams and Master’s Defense: The final examining committee must be composed of at least three members for the MS-I (at least 2 from the major).  Thus, for the MS-I degree, one member of the final examining committee may optionally be (but is not required to be) from another department. This examination is closed to the public.  Each of three committee members (one of whom will function as the committee chair) will submit written prompts for the student to address. The committee will assure that prompts adequately address competencies established for the degree (see Student Outcomes, sections II.A and II.B). The entire exam must be completed within a week’s time as a ‘take home’ exam experience. The committee will then hold a formal exam ‘defense’ meeting (1-1.5 hours) with the student. Students who fail the examination have one chance to retake their comprehensive exams. 

 
Minor Requirements

There are no minor requirements for this degree program.

 

 

 
Student Handbook
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Last revised 07 Oct 2016