MSIS Specializations

Students with specific interests or career objectives may want to specialize their course of study in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Click on the titles below to see recommended courses for various specializations. Printable course grids can also be found in pdf form by expanding the section beneath the titles.

Specializations can be divided into two broad categories:

  1. Data Governance = Data Analysis, Database Design and Development, Information Retrieval, or Special Libraries and Knowledge Management.
  2. User Experience, User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (UX, UI, HCI) = Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Human-Computer Interaction Design, Information System Design and Development, Organization of Information and Materials.

Please note, with the exception of the ARM Concentration, these are informal course plans designed to help guide students; completing them will not result in an endorsement on a student's transcript.

MSIS required courses regardless of specialization:
161 Tools for Information Literacy or successful completion of the Technology Competency Test
500 Human Information Interactions
509 Information Retrieval
520 Organization of Information
523 Database Systems I
560 Programming
581 Research Methods Overview
582 Systems Analysis and Design
585 Management for Information Professionals
781 Proposal Preparation and Presentation (1.5 credits)
992 Master's Paper

Archives and Records Management (ARM) Concentration
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Data Analysis

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Highly Recommended Courses

623 Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases

624 Policy-Based Data Management

625 Information Analytics

626 Introduction to Big Data and NoSQL

641 Visual Analytics

789 Big Data, Algorithms, and Society
 

Additional Recommended Courses

512 Applications of Natural Language Processing

541 Information Visualization

613 Text Mining

723 Database Systems III: Advanced Databases

756 Data Curation and Management

760 Web Databases

767 Information Assurance

COMP 410 Data structures
COMP 562 Introduction to Machine Learning

Database Design and Development

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Highly Recommended Courses

572 Web Development I (1.5)

573 Mobile Web Development (1.5)

623 Database Systems II

626 Introduction to Big Data and NoSQL (1.5)

672 Web Development II

720 Metadata Architectures and Applications

723 Database Systems III

760 Web Databases

789 Big Data, Algorithms, and Society
 

Additional Recommended Courses

512 Applications of Natural Language Processing

613 Text Mining

720 Metadata Architectures and Applications

795 Professional Field Experience
 

Application Areas
(Students may choose to select one or more relevant courses from target environments of interest)

706 Biomedical Informatics Research Review (1.5)

708 Law Libraries and Legal Information

740 Digital Libraries

747 Special Libraries and Knowledge Management

748 Health Sciences Environment

841 Seminar in Academic Libraries

Environmental Informatics

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Highly Recommended Courses

539 Going the Last Mile: Information Services for Underserved Populations

541 Information Visualization

584 Information Ethics

624 Policy-Based Data Management

625 Information Analytics

641 Visual Analytics

690: Project Management: Strategies and Applications

718 User Interface Design

720 Metadata

795 Professional Field Experience
 

Additional Recommended Courses

572 Web Development 1 (1.5)

573 Mobile Web Development (1.5)

623 Database II

626 Introduction to Big Data and NoSQL (1.5)

672 Web Development II

723 Database III

818 Seminar in Human-Computer Interaction
 

Courses outside of SILS:

MEJO 581 User Design & Usability

GEOG 477 Introduction to Remote Sensing of Environment

GEOG 491 Introduction to GIS

GEOG 591 Applied Issues in GIS

Information Retrieval

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Highly Recommended Courses

512 Applications of Natural Language Processing

523 Database Systems I

740 Digital Libraries: Principles and Applications
 

Additional Recommended Courses

525 Electronic Records Management

556 Archives and Records Management

623 Database Systems II

718 User Interface Design

720 Metadata Architectures and Applications

723 Database III

760 Web Databases

Special Libraries and Knowledge Management

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Highly Recommended Courses

501 Information Resources and Services

513 Resource Selection and Evaluation

572 Web Development I (1.5)

573 Mobile Web Development (1.5)

582 Systems Analysis

584 Information Ethics

747 Special Libraries and Knowledge Management

782 Library Assessment

786 Marketing of Information Services

795 Professional Field Experience
 

Additional Recommended Courses

525 Electronic Records Management

539 Going the Last Mile: Information Access for Underserved Populations

613 Text Mining

623 Database II

701 Information Retrieval Search Strategies

718 User Interface Design

723 Database III

760 Web Databases

785 Human Resources Management

Choose from one or two:

705 Health Science Information

707 Government Information

708 Law Libraries and Legal Information

740 Digital Libraries: Principles and Applications

Digital Humanities

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Highly Recommended

541 Information Visualization

572 Web Development I

613 Text Mining

623 Databases II

718 User Interface Design

720 Metadata

740 Digital Libraries
 

Additional Recommended Courses

512 Natural Language Processing

672 Web Development II

728 Knowledge Organization

760 Web Databases

Digital Libraries

Highly Recommended Courses

Printable Course Grid

490-161 Building a Personal Digital Library

501 Information Resources and Services

513 Resource Selection and Evaluation

582  Systems Analysis and Design

623 Database Systems II

624 Policy-based Data Management

723 Database III

740 Digital Libraries: Principles and Applications

760 Web Databases
 

Additional Recommended Courses

512 Applications of NaturalLanguage Processing

566 Information Assurance

572 Web Development I

576 Distributed Systems and Administration

672 Web Development II

690-161 Digital Library Policies

701 Information Retrieval Search Strategies

718 User Interface Design

720 Metadata Architectures and Applications

721 Cataloging Theory and Practice

754 Access, Outreach, and Public Service in Cultural Heritage  Repositories

795 Professional Field Experience

Human-Computer Interaction Design

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Highly Recommended Courses

418 Human Factors in System Design

572 Web Development (1.5)

573 Mobile Web Development (1.5)

672 Web Development II

718 User Interface Design

719 Usability Evaluation and Testing

818 Seminar in Human-Computer Interaction
 

Additional Recommended Courses

523 Database Systems I

623 Database Systems II

739 Information Services for Specific Populations

760 Web Databases

MEJO 484 Information Graphics

MEJO 581 User Design and Usability

MEJO 721 Usability and Multimedia Design

PYSC 530 Design and Interpretation of Psychological Research

Information System Design and Development

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This specialization prepares students to work as systems analysts and designers in a wide variety of settings including IT departments, non-profit organizations, universities, government agencies, software consulting companies, and entrepreneurial enterprises. Common job titles include Business Analyst, Software Engineer, Application Designer/Architect, Solutions Manager, Project Manager, and Systems Consultant. The specialization focuses on communication and project management skills, as well as an understanding of information technology.

Highly Recommended Courses

572 Web Development (1.5)

584 Information Ethics

623 Database II

626 Introduction to Big Data and NoSQL

690 Project Management: Strategies and Applications

718 User Interface Design

767 Information Assurance

795 Professional Field Experience

Additional Recommended Courses

512 Applications of Natural Language Processing

541 Information Visualization

621 Personal Information Management

672 Web Development II

720 Metadata Architecture and Applications

723 Database Systems III

786 Marketing of Information Services

818 Seminar in Human Information Interaction

Organization of Information and Materials

Printable Course Grid

Highly Recommended Courses

523 Database Systems I

613 Text Mining

623 Database Systems II

720 Metadata Architectures and Applications

795 Professional Field Experience
 

Additional Recommended Courses

512 Applications of Natural Language Processing

723 Database Systems III

757 Principles and Practices of Archival Description

760 Web Databases
 

Application Areas
Students may choose to select one or more relevant courses from target environments of interest

706 Biomedical Informatics Research Review

708 Law Libraries and Legal Information

740 Digital Libraries: Principles and Applications

747 Special Libraries and Knowledge Management

748 Health Sciences Environment

841 Seminar in Academic Libraries