The Master of Science in Information Science degree requires:
- Satisfactory completion of the SILS Information Technology Competency Requirement prior to the start of your first semester
- 48 semester hours of graduate-level course work
- 28.5 hours of required core courses (see table below)
- 19.5 hours of elective courses (see Course selection below)
- Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination
- Satisfactory completion of a master's paper or project
MSIS Coursework Requirements
- INLS 500, Human Information Interactions (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
- INLS 509, Information Retrieval (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
- INLS 520, Organization of Information (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
- INLS 523, Database 1 (3.0 credits) (first for Database Specialization, or second semester)
- INLS 560, Programming for Information Professionals (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
- INLS 581, Overview of Research Methods (3.0 credits) (MUST be taken in first or second semester)
- INLS 582, Systems Analysis (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
- INLS 585, Management for Information Professionals (3.0 credits) (suggested for third semester)
- INLS 781, Proposal Preparation and Presentation (1.5 credits) (third semester, pre-req INLS 581)
- INLS 992, Master's Paper (3.0 credits) (usually final semester)
Most of the required 48 hours will be taken within SILS. A full list of INLS course descriptions can be found on our courses page. Many students enrolled in the information science program also elect to take one or more courses in other departments on campus (such as the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, or the Department of Computer Science) or at nearby universities (principally Duke and N. C. State).
Students without extensive practical experience are encouraged to enroll in the Professional Field Experience course (INLS 795). This structured practicum provides the opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge to an individually selected work environment.
- Successfully complete the information technology test, OR
- Register for INLS 161 your first semester; however, this class will not count toward the 48 credits needed for your master’s degree.
Take the Information Technology Competency Test.
- August 14, 2018 for students beginning in the fall 2018 semester
- January 2, 2019 for students beginning in the spring 2019 semester