School of Information University of Michigan

School of Information University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI
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10 Degrees Offered
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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. The current enrollment is approximately 400 master's degree students and 60 doctoral students. 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 repositories, library systems, government, and museums.

The Master of Science in Information (MSI) degree requires students to complete 48 credits in information management, research methods, cognate classes, and practical engagement courses. All students must take two core foundation courses: SI 500: Information in Social Systems: Collections, Flows, and Processing; and SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Project Management. Students must also 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 focus their studies 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 program according to their career interests.

Master of Health Informatics

Jointly with the School of Public Health, the School of Information offers a master of health informatics. One of the fastest-growing fields in the nation, health informatics develops innovative ways to put information and knowledge to use in promoting health and improving health care.

Because clinical, consumer and public health fields are converging, students are required to acquire knowledge relevant to each of these areas. Defining features of the program include strengths in consumer informatics, population health applications and system-related human and organizational issues.

The MHI degree is 52 credits and takes 2 years (4 semesters) of full time work on campus to complete. Students can attend part time and typically complete the program in 3-4 years. Requirements include 37-38 credits of core coursework, 14-15 credits of elective coursework, and 400 hours of internship.

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 vary 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.

Alumni Achievements

Alumni from the University of Michigan School of Information are leaders and experts in the field and in their communities. Recent graduates of the School of Information work for top organizations including Google, Facebook, 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," "Huffington Post," "Kiplinger," and "USA Today."

Location & Contact

School of Information

University of Michigan

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

Dr. Jeffrey Mackie-Mason

Dean, School of Information

Phone: 734-647-3576

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 188
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • 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? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


54% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 765
    • Accepted 418
    • Acceptance Rate 54
    • Enrolled 199
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • 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

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students456
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students456
    • Part-time Percentage7%
    • Full-time Percentage93%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian14%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown4%