School of Information University of Michigan

School of Information University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI
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University of Michigan: a Top-Ranked School of Information

The University of Michigan School of Information is dedicated to studying information and all of its functions: from how it is created and collected to how it is preserved and accessed. Currently, there are approximately 400 master's degree students and 50 doctoral students enrolled. The program accepts those just embarking on careers in information science as well as seasoned scholars looking to enhance their research skills. There is a strong interdisciplinary emphasis at the school, and students come from as many as 100 different majors.

The program emphasizes an academic knowledge base and research methods that train students to use information to effect positive changes. "US News and World Report" consistently ranks the University of Michigan School of Information among the top 10 in archival and preservation programs, digital librarianship, and information systems.

Cutting-Edge Information Research

Students work side by side with faculty members researching and creating new ways of improving access to information and developing new uses for it in society, education, and the marketplace. Active research faculty grants include the study of relevant technological advances and their relationship to information. Major initiatives include in-depth studies into virtual collaboration, the impact of deploying large-scale electronic health records systems, usability challenges in smart homes, and social media sentiment analysis, among others.

Master of Science in Information Curriculum

The University of Michigan School of Information prepares students for careers in the field of information, including web/software design firms, large IT organizations, consulting firms, archives and records management, library systems, government, and museums.

To obtain the Master of Science in Information (MSI) degree, students complete 48 credits in information management, research methods, cognate classes, and practical engagement courses. All students must take 2 core foundation courses: SI 500: Information in Social Systems: Collections, Flows, and Processing; and SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Project Management. Students are also required to take a third core technology/programming course, though it may be waived in lieu of other project work.

MSI Specialization Options

Students may choose to specialize their degrees in one or more areas, including archives and records management, human-computer interaction, information analysis and retrieval, information economics for management, library and information science, preservation of information, school and library media, or social computing. Students may also elect a tailored specialization according to their interests and career paths. Each specialization requires the completion of focused coursework.

PhD in Information Program

Doctoral students in the School of Information are trained for research careers in academia or industry, focused on innovative information processes and technologies that affect classrooms, business, and society as a whole. Academic milestones for the doctoral degree in information include a pre-candidacy research project, a field preliminary exam, teaching requirements, and a successful defense of the student's final dissertation.

Doctoral program students complete a minimum of 24 hours of study in residence at the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. Students must maintain a full-time status and must complete their coursework within seven years, although most students graduate in four or five years.

Dual Degree Programs

The University of Michigan has developed six different programs that grant dual degrees in conjunction with the Master of Science in Information. The MSI can be paired with an MBA from the Ross School of Business, an MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy, a JD from the Law School, an MSW from the School of Social Work, or an MSN from the School of Nursing.

Degree requirements and length of study varies according to each dual degree program's requirements. When students pursue degrees combined with Master of Science in Information degrees, the total number of credits required is less than the requirements for each degree if earned separately.

Undergraduate Degree in Information

The School of Information is launching a new program leading to a bachelor of science degree in information, and is accepting applications for this program. The degree is designed as a richly interdisciplinary program that builds equally upon the social/behavioral and technological sciences. It promises to be the most rigorous, innovative, and unified information science degree in the nation.

Alumni Achievements

Alumni from the University of Michigan School of Information have proven to be leaders and experts in the field and in their communities. Recent MSI graduates of the School of Information currently work for top organizations including Google, the Federal Trade Commission, the Library of Congress, and Microsoft Corporation. Between 97-100% of new alumni have found employment or are pursuing additional education within one year of graduation.

Cultural and Recreational Opportunities in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor offers a multitude of recreational activities for its students and residents; there are over 1,900 acres of parks in the city, as well as golfing, ice skating, and canoeing facilities. Residents of Ann Arbor also enjoy the city's diverse cultural scene, which is evident in the museums, galleries, and music performances that occur daily. Ann Arbor is frequently ranked as one of the top cities in America by many media organizations, including "CNN/Money," "Bicycling Magazine," and "Frommer's Cities Ranked and Rated."

Location & Contact

School of Information

University of Michigan

3360 North Quad 105 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
United States

School of Information Admissions

Phone: 734-763-2285
Fax: 734-615-3587

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Archives And Records Management Master of Science in Information (MSI)
    • Health Informatics Master of Science (MS)
    • Human Computer Interaction Master of Science in Information (MSI)
    • Information Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Information Analysis And Retrieval Master of Science in Information (MSI)
    • Information Economics For Management Master of Science in Information (MSI)
    • Library And Information Science Master of Science in Information (MSI)
    • Preservation Of Information Master of Science in Information (MSI)
    • School Library Media Master of Science in Information (MSI)
    • Social Computing Master of Science in Information (MSI)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 137
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


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  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
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  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT