The School of Information proudly partners with numerous colleges and cognate disciplines on the UT campus to offer a unique array of dual and integrated masters programs.

Integrated Bachelors/Masters Program

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Studies

Our 21st century information age offers tremendous new opportunities for individuals who can master both cutting-edge technologies and human-centered design. However, obtaining such dual mastery is difficult to achieve under traditional educational programs, requiring students to pursue disjointed study in separate disciplines, with lack of integration extending time to graduation and requiring students to build the bridges between the technical and social sciences for themselves.

To address this growing need, the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information (iSchool) and the Department of Computer Science have teamed up to offer an innovative, integrated five-year program which provides a combined educational path toward obtaining the knowledge necessary to build the information tools of the future. We invite highly-motivated students with strong academic records to pursue this new integrated program of study, with the unique opportunity to earn two university degrees in only five academic years: both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Studies. This program is ideal for students who seek to combine knowledge of back-end, cutting-edge technologies with the front-end, human-centered design skills needed to create productive user experiences. Graduates of the joint program will be uniquely qualified for advanced placement in both the expanding job market and competitive Ph.D. programs in information and computer science.

This cross-disciplinary 5-year program offers students a wide range of diverse course offerings, coupled with the flexibility to tailor their individual programs of study to focus on topics of greatest interest. The program culminates in a final capstone project challenging students to tackle open problems in research or professional practice, and often involving industry engagement. Course topics include (but are not limited to): human-computer interaction, user experience and usability design, information architecture, leadership and management, information policy, social-cultural studies, work practice studies, and organizational processes of governmental, corporate, and cultural-heritage institutions. Many other advanced topics are also offered on a rotating-basis (e.g., visualization, crowdsourcing, data mining, etc.).

Admission

Only current undergraduate Computer Science students in good academic standing may apply to the BSCS/MSIS Integrated Program. The application process takes place in two stages:

  1. An initial application for “pre-admission” (submitted in spring semester of the junior year)
  2. A final application for formal admittance into the Graduate School (submitted in fall semester of the senior year)

The pre-admission application deadline is May 1st of students' junior year and includes the following required materials:

  • the application form
  • a statement of purpose
  • an academic summary
  • three letters of recommendation (the applicant should directly contact potential writers and request they email their letters of recommendation by the deadline above).

Additional, optional application materials include a résumé and a list of publications. The School of Information Admissions Committee will review applications and make decisions for pre-approval based on a holistic review of application materials.

Pre-admitted students must begin enrollment in the program during the fall semester of their senior year, and by December 1st apply for formal admittance into the Graduate School, meeting all standard admissions requirements for acceptance into graduate study at UT Austin. As part of this formal Graduate School application process, students must submit official GRE scores and an updated official transcript. The School of Information Admissions Committee will then review each student’s application materials and make final decisions regarding admission into the graduate program.

In the unlikely event that a student is pre-admitted but not granted formal admittance into the program, the student’s status will revert to being a senior undergraduate, and the student may proceed to complete the original undergraduate bachelor’s degree.

BSCS/MSIS Initial Application form

Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the Integrated Program, students must complete 120 hours of Computer Science undergraduate courses and 31 hours of graduate coursework acceptable to the School of Information, for a total of 151 credit hours. Twelve of the graduate credit hours will be taken and reserved for graduate credit during students’ fourth year of the undergraduate program.

Students in the Integrated Program must take the following nine hours of iSchool master’s core courses:

  • INF 380C: Information in a Social and Cultural Context
  • INF 380E: Perspectives on Information
  • INF 397C: Understanding Research

At the end of the Integrated Program, students must take:

  • INF 181E: Electronic Portfolio (1 credit hour)

and ONE of following iSchool capstone courses:

  • INF 388L: Professional Experience and Project
  • INF 388R: Master’s Report
  • INF 698A/B: Master’s Thesis (six credit hours; two semesters)

Beyond these required courses, students must complete 18 hours of elective coursework (15 hours, if pursuing the two-semester thesis course option).

Of these electives, up to six hours of UT Austin graduate coursework offered outside of the iSchool may count toward the MS in Information Studies degree with the approval of the iSchool Graduate Advisor.

Some iSchool courses in technical topics overlap, at least partially, with competencies taught in undergraduate Computer Science courses. Therefore, the following courses may NOT be taken for graduate credit in the Integrated Degree program:

  • INF 380D - Designing Dynamic Web Pages
  • INF 380K - Internet Applications
  • INF 380P - Introduction to Programming
  • INF 385M - Database Management
  • Other INF courses as determined by the iSchool faculty
  • Undergraduate courses in Computer Science
  • Courses that have already been applied toward another graduate or undergraduate degree program

Sample Program of Study for joint BSCS/ MSIS Degree

Total credits: Computer Science 120 + Information Studies 31 = 151 hours

Semester 1 (16 hours)Semester 2 (16 hours)Summer (6)
CS 312 (3)
M 408C (4)
Social Science (3)
UGS 302/303 or RHE 306 (3)
HIS 315K (3)
CS 311/313K (3)
CS 314 (3)
M 408D (4)
UGS 302/303 or RHE 306 (3)
HIS 315L (3)
GOV 310L (3)
GOV 312L (3)
Semester 3 (17 hours)Semester 4 (14-17 hours)Summer (6-12)
CS 429 (4)
M 408C (4)
M 340L/SSC 329C (3)
Visual and Performing Arts (3)
Science Sequence I (4)
General UDE (3)
CS 311/313K (3)
CS 314 (3)
M 408D (4)
UGS 302/303 or RHE 306 (3)
HIS 315L (3)
Foreign Language (3-6)
Foreign Language (3-6)
Semester 5 (15-16 hours)Semester 6 (15-16 hours)
CS 353/357/CS 378 (Algorithms) (3)
CS 336/UDE (3)
CS UDE (3)
Science Sequence II (3-4)
Science Sequence I (4)
E 316K (3)
CS 345 or 375 (3)
CS UDE (3)
CS UDE (3)
Science Sequence II (3-4)
General UDE (3)
Semester 7 (9 CS, 6 INF hours)Semester 8 (6 CS, 6 INF hours)
Elective, e.g., CS 344M (3)
CS 336/UDE (3)
Elective, e.g., CS 349 (3)
Elective, e.g., CS 356 (3)
INF Elective #1, e.g., INF 382C
INF Core #1, e.g., INF 380C
Elective, e.g., CS 354R (3)
Elective, e.g., CS 361C (3)
INF Core #2, e.g., INF 380E
Science Sequence II (3-4)
INF Core #3, e.g., INF 397C
Semester 9 (9 hours)Semester 10 (10 hours)
INF Elective #2, e.g., INF 385E
INF Elective #3, e.g., INF 384H
INF Elective #4, INF 387C
INF Elective #5, e.g., INF 385S
INF Elective #6, e.g., INF 385P
INF 181E (E-Portfolio)
INF 388L (PEP) OR INF 398R (MS Report)

A student electing the thesis option will take it in place of Elective #4 and the Capstone Project.

 

Dual Masters Degree Programs

Master of Science in Information Studies / MA in English

School of Information - Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

The School of Information (iSchool) and the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin offer a dual-degree program leading to the Master of Arts in English (MA) and the Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS).

Students in the dual-degree program will be able to complete both degrees in three academic years, which is at least one semester less than it takes to complete the two degrees individually. The overall credit load in the dual-degree program will be reduced from 70 credit hours (30 English + 40 iSchool) to 61 credit hours (30 English, 31 iSchool) through the elimination of duplicative elective coursework. While a student may pursue any of the 15 fields of study available in the Department of English, some areas with particularly strong thematic and methodological overlap with the iSchool include:

  • Bibliography and Textual Criticism
  • Digital Literacies and Literatures
  • Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Women, Gender, and Literature

The dual-degree program will require completion of 30 hours in English and 31 hours in the iSchool.

Admission to the Dual-Degree Program

In order to enter the dual-degree program, each applicant must meet the minimum requirements for admission established by the Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin. For U.S. citizens, these include:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or proof of equivalent training at an institution outside the U.S.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in all upper-division and graduate coursework
  3. Documentation of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Non-native speakers of English must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Applicants must meet the general admission criteria of the Graduate School (see above) and both admission criteria for the iSchool and the Department of English (see below). The iSchool admits students in fall and spring semesters. The English Department admits students only for the fall semester. Generally, students will begin enrollment in the dual-degree program in the fall semester. Applicants to the dual-degree program must submit the materials specified below to the University’s Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC), the English Department, and the iSchool.

The Graduate and International Admissions Center requires a completed application to the dual-degree program and payment of all application fees; official copies of transcripts from all senior-level colleges attended; an official copy of GRE scores; and TOEFL or IELTS scores of non¬native English speakers.

The English Department requires that an application to the MA degree program be submitted by February 1 for admission the following fall. Applicants to the dual-degree program must also submit a cover sheet indicating their interest in the dual-degree program; a statement of purpose; a scholarly writing sample (15-25 pages); transcripts from every senior-level college attended; and three letters of recommendation with accompanying recommendation forms.

The iSchool requires that an application for admission to the Master of Science in Information Studies program be submitted by February 1 for admission the following fall and by September 1 for admission the following spring. Applicants must also submit a personal statement describing their interest in the iSchool program, three letters of recommendation describing the applicant’s ability to complete graduate work and to succeed in the dual-degree program (these letters can be the same as those submitted to the English Department, although they need not be), and a résumé or curriculum vitae.

The admissions committee of the iSchool and the admissions committee of the English Department will review the materials for admission to the respective degree programs. The Graduate Advisor at the English Department and the Dual Program Coordinator at the iSchool, an iSchool faculty member (currently Tanya Clement), will then consider applicants admitted to both programs for admission to the dual-degree program. Successful candidates will be recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School for admission to the dual-degree program. The Graduate School will notify the student of their admission to the dual-degree program.

Transfer Admission Into the Dual-Degree Program

A student who has started enrollment in the English or Information Studies individual degree programs may be considered for transfer to the dual-degree program at any time in their academic programs. The decision to accept a dual-degree transfer applicant will be jointly made by each school’s admission committee.

Requirements for the Dual Degree

Students pursuing the dual degree in English and Information Studies may either write a Master’s Report in the English Department (three [3] hours, earned in the Report course, ENG 398R) or choose one of three completion options in the iSchool. In the iSchool, students may choose to do a Master’s Report, to write a Master’s thesis, or to complete a Professional Experience and Project (PEP) at the end of their coursework. The dual-degree Report option requires 61 hours of coursework, of which three are earned completing the Master’s Report. The dual-degree Thesis option requires 61 hours of coursework, of which six are earned in the thesis courses. The dual-degree PEP option requires 61 hours of coursework, of which three hours are earned completing a Professional Experience and Project (INF 388L). The student will decide whether the "home" for the completion project will be English or the iSchool, the choice of which will define the requirements, and at least one faculty member from each unit will advise the final project as, for example, director and second reader.

All students in the INF/ENG dual-degree program must complete the following five courses:

  1. ENG 384K Methods of Research (usually completed in the fall of the second year)
  2. INF 380C Information in Social and Cultural Context (core)
  3. INF 380E Perspectives on Information (core)
  4. INF 397C Understanding Research (core)
  5. INF 181E Electronic Portfolio (core)

Dual-degree students who choose English as the “home” department for completing the program must also complete a Master’s Report in English. Those who choose the iSchool as the “home” unit for completing the program must choose one of the completion options for the Master of Science in Information Studies degree (Master’s Report, Master’s Thesis, or Professional Experience and Project).

In addition, each dual-degree student must demonstrate competence in the research skills appropriate to the student’s overall academic and career objectives and to the final Report, Thesis, or Professional Experience and Project. INF 397C, Understanding Research, will fulfill only part of this requirement for dual-degree students. Three or four additional courses related to the study of English may be selected from the offerings of faculty members affiliated with the English Department including faculty members from the iSchool.

Advising and Faculty Oversight

Advising in the dual-degree program will allow students flexibility and guidance. Every semester, each student must meet with the Dual Program Coordinators from both academic units before registering for coursework. The signature of both Program Coordinators will be required to ensure that the student is taking the best selection of courses at the appropriate time. In addition, students will have individual faculty advisors within the iSchool. The student and both Program Coordinators must agree upon a proposed course of study for the three years by the end of the student’s first semester in the dual-degree program. That proposal may be modified at any time with the agreement of the Coordinators. Each student is held personally responsible for knowing the degree requirements and for meeting deadlines.

The two degrees in this dual-degree program will be awarded simultaneously. If a dual-degree student does not complete the requirements of one degree but has completed and wants to receive the other, they must gain admission to the stand-alone degree program and complete the requirements of the stand-alone degree.

Master of Science in Information Studies / MA in Latin American Studies

School of Information - Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), College of Liberal Arts

The University of Texas Schools of Information (iSchool) and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) offer a joint degree program leading to the Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) and the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MA). Students in the program will be able to complete both degrees in three academic years, which is approximately one year less than it would take to complete the two degrees individually, reducing the credit load from 73 (33 LLILAS + 40 iSchool) to 61 overall. The credits will include 31 credits in the iSchool and 30 credits in the LLILAS program. This joint degree program will culminate with the completion of a Master’s thesis on a topic that combines both Information Studies and Latin American Studies.

Students pursuing the joint degree in Information Studies and Latin American Studies will be required to complete a Master’s thesis on a topic that combines both Information Studies and Latin American Studies. Each student will complete:

The major and minor disciplines referred to here are concentrations within LAS selected by the student as academic emphases.

Sample Program for Dual Degree – MS in Information Studies and MA in Latin American Studies.  In this sample the student has chosen the geographical region of Brazil as a major LAS discipline and developmental studies as a minor LAS discipline.

 

YEAR 1

Fall                                                                                                     9 hours (3 INF, 6 LAS)

LAS 381  Proseminar: Latin America in the 20th Century (major discipline)

INF 380C Information in Social and Cultural Context

LAS 381 Documentary Tradition in Developing Latin America (minor discipline)

 

Spring                                                                                                            9 hours  (6 INF, 3 LAS)

LAS 392P Afro-Brazilian Diaspora (major discipline)

INF 385R Survey of Digitization (elective)

INF 380E Perspectives on Information

 

Summer                                                                                             6 hours (6 LAS)

LAS 381 10-Recent Brazil, 1919-Present (major discipline)

LAS 381 Non-Governmental Orgs in Developing Worlds (minor discipline)

 

YEAR 2

Fall                                                                                                     9 hours  (6 INF, 3 LAS)

INF 382T Information Services: Indigenous Librarianship (elective)

INF 387C Managing Information Services and Organizations (elective)

LAS 392P Studies in Brazilian Literature (major discipline)

 

Spring                                                                                                            9 hours (6 INF, 3 LAS)

LAS 381 Issues in Northeast Brazil (major discipline)

INF 397C Understanding Research

INF 397.4 Seeking Funding for Information Studies (elective)

 

YEAR 3

Fall                                                                                                     9 hours (6 INF, 3 LAS)

LAS 698A Thesis

INF 389R Introduction to Archival Enterprise I (elective)

INF 381W WISE course: Librarianship for Latin American, Iberian and Latina Studies (elective)

 

Spring                                                                                                            10 hours (4 INF, 6 LAS)

LAS 698B Thesis

INF 181E Electronic Portfolio

INF 385H Digital Media Design (elective)

LAS 381 Economic Development and Social Change (minor discipline)

 

Total hours                                                                                        61 hours (31 INF, 30 LAS) 

 

Master of Science in Information Studies / MA in Women's and Gender Studies

School of Information - The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts

The School of Information (iSchool) and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) offer a dual degree program leading to the Master of Science in Information Studies (MSInfoStds) and the Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies (MA).  The program includes 30 credits in WGS and 31 in the iSchool.

Graduates are qualified to work as information specialists in important cultural repositories such as archives, museums, governmental and non-profit organizations, preservation and conservation laboratories, and academic, public and school libraries.  They possess specialized research competencies and a deeper awareness of the interrelatedness of technologies and cultural products of all kinds including knowledge and are qualified to pursue a doctoral degree or to work in a professional library or research setting. 

Collaboration between the two academic units is evident in the Gender and Technology research cluster sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies; in the class Gender, Technology and Information co-taught by faculty members from the College of Engineering and the School of Information in this cluster; and the status of several iSchool faculty members as faculty affiliates of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.  The dual degree program encourages students to develop working relationships with the professional librarians and archivists at some of the outstanding collections on campus and beyond, e.g., the Harry Ransom Center, the Benson Latin American Collection, the Center for American History, the UT Law Library, the Texas State Archives and Library Commission, and the Austin History Center.

Admission

Potential students apply to both programs, and the two admissions committees review the materials for admission to the respective degree programs. The Graduate Advisor and Dual Program Coordinator at the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the Dual Program Coordinator at the School of Information then consider applicants who have been admitted to both programs for admission to the dual degree program.

Requirements for the Dual Degree

Students pursuing the dual degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Information Studies may either write a thesis or complete a Professional Experience and Project (INF 388L, e.g., “Capstone”) at the end of their coursework. The thesis requires 61 hours of coursework, of which six hours are earned in the thesis course. The project option requires 61 hours of coursework, of which three hours are earned in the Capstone course.  All students must complete all core courses in the two programs and must demonstrate research competence appropriate to the student’s overall academic and career objectives and to the final thesis or Capstone.  Elective courses related to women, gender, sexuality, or feminism may be selected from the offerings of WGS faculty affiliates including faculty members from the iSchool.

The two degrees are awarded simultaneously at the completion of all course and exit requirements.

Sample Program for Dual Degree – MS in Information Studies and MA in Women’s and Gender Studies

 

YEAR 1

Fall                                                                                            9 hours (3 iSchool, 6 WGS)

WGS 390 Foundations I

INF 380C Information in Social and Cultural Context

Elective (WGS or faculty affiliate)

 

Spring                                                                                        9 hours  (3 iSchool, 6 WGS)

WGS 391 Foundations II

WGS 392 Foundations III (Research Methods)

INF 380E Perspectives on Information

 

Summer                                                                                     6 hours (6 WGS)

Elective (WGS or faculty affiliate)

Elective (WGS or faculty affiliate)

 

YEAR 2

Fall                                                                                            9 hours  (6 iSchool, 3 WGS)

INF 382D Introduction to Information Resources and Services

INF 387C Managing Information Services and Organizations

Elective (WGS or faculty affiliate)

 

Spring                                                                                        9 hours (9 iSchool)

INF 390J Gender, Technology, and Information

INF 397C Understanding Research

Elective (INF 385E Information Architecture and Design I)

 

YEAR 3

Fall                                                                                            9 hours (6 iSchool, 3 WGS)

WGS 398A Thesis

INF 389R Introduction to Archival Enterprise I

INF 388E Historical Museums

 

Spring                                                                                      10 hours (4 iSchool, 6 WGS)

WGS 398B Thesis

INF 181E Electronic Portfolio

Elective (INF 382L.1 Information Resources in the Humanities)

Elective (WGS or faculty affiliate)

 

Total hours                                                                            61 hours (31 iSchool, 30 WGS)

 

Master of Science in Information Studies / MA in Middle Eastern Studies

School of Information - Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts

The School of Information and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in the College of Liberal Arts offer a dual degree program leading to a Master of Science (MS) in Information Studies and Master of Arts (MA) in Middle Eastern Studies.  Students may earn the two degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years rather than four if doing the degrees separately. The program trains professionals who combine expertise in three important knowledge domains:  library and information work, the cultures and societies of the Middle East, and North African and Middle Eastern languages.

Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all requirements of the program.

Admissions

Prospective dual degree students must apply separately to each program and fulfill the distinct application requirements and deadlines of each. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the appropriate materials are sent to the respective academic units. An applicant must be accepted in each individual program in order to be considered for admission to the dual program.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a combined minimum of 73 semester hours in the two programs:  40 hours in information studies and 30 in Middle Eastern Studies, completing all required courses and exit requirements for both degrees.

The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously, so students who do not complete both degrees must reapply and be readmitted to one or the other of the degree programs to earn either degree.

Master of Science in Information Studies / Juris Doctor UT School of Law

School of Information - UT School of Law

The University of Texas Schools of Information (iSchool) and Law offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, the Master of Science in Information Studies (MS) and the Juris Doctor (JD). The dual degree program responds to an increased need for specialists trained in both of these fields who are thus positioned to help address the increasingly complex and changing world of legal information use, retrieval, and storage. The program enables students to earn both degrees simultaneously in three academic years, including one summer. While the length of the degree program is streamlined, students will still satisfy all of the existing requirements of both programs.

The University of Texas at Austin has a long history of academic excellence in information studies and in law. Both programs' recognized leadership in their respective fields offer a sound foundation for students to join expertise in an area of information studies with expertise in legal affairs.  At any one time, there are five or more holders of the JD degree enrolled in the master’s or doctoral program in the School of Information.  These students, as well as others, often take coursework in the iSchool’s law librarianship program, rated by the U.S. News & World Report in fall 2007 as the second best in the nation.  Additionally, graduates of the iSchool master’s and PhD programs often take professional positions in institutions in governmental and other organizations that integrate expertise in the law with that in information studies, e.g., the Congressional Research Service, federal mission agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Library of Congress, and state libraries in Texas and elsewhere.  Students with such ambitions are particularly well served by the dual degree program.

Admissions

Students must meet the separate admissions criteria of each school and must be separately admitted to both schools before they can be approved for admission to the dual degree program. Applicants applying to both programs at the same time should submit a written statement of interest in the dual degree program as part of the separate application to each program. Students who begin work in one of the schools and then apply for admission to the other program will submit a written statement of interest in the dual degree program as part of their application to the second program; they should submit the same statement of interest to the advisor for the dual degree program in the school in which they are already enrolled.

Graduation Requirements

To complete the MS/JD dual degree program, students must meet all of the requirements of the dual degree program. The degrees will be awarded simultaneously when the student has completed all of the dual degree program requirements. These requirements include 34 hours of iSchool courses (25 hours required include the Professional Experience and Project + 9 of electives) and 68-70 hours of law school courses (36 hours required + 26-28 of electives + 6 in intellectual property courses.) The Professional Experience and Project required in the iSchool Master’s degree can be completed by JDs doing the equivalent work in one of the law school’s clinical education programs. Two of the iSchool courses are already cross-listed with the Law School.

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY:  JD/MSIS

 

                                                                 Course Types

RL: Required for core Law School       RD:       Required for Dual Degree

RI:  Required for core iSchool             RD/CL: Required for Dual Degree, cross-listed

EL: Elective Law School                      RD/IP:  Required for Dual Degree, intellectual property

EI:  Elective iSchool

 

Year 1

 

Semester

Course Type

Course Number

Course Name

iSchool hours

Law hours

TOTAL HOURS

Fall

RL

LAW 423

Criminal Law

 

4

4

 

RL

LAW 534

 

Constitutional Law

 

5

5

 

RL

LAW 421

Contracts

 

4

4

 

RL

LAW 132

Legal Research and Writing

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring

RL

LAW 431

Property

 

4

4

 

RL

LAW 427

Torts

 

 

4

4

 

RL

LAW 433

Civil Procedure

 

4

4

 

RL

LAW 132

Legal Writing and Research

 

1

1

 

EL

LAW xxx

Law School Elective

 

2-4

2-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer

RI

INF 380C

Info in Social and Cultural Context

3

 

3

 

RI

INF 397C

Understanding Research

3

 

3

 

EI

INF 3xx

iSchool Elective

3

 

3

 

EL

LAW xxx

Law School Elective

 

3

3

 

 

 

 

9

33

42

 

 

Year 2

 

Semester

Course Type

Course Number

Course Name

iSchool hours

Law hours

TOTAL HOURS

Fall

RI

INF 380E

Perspectives on Information

3

 

3

 

RD/CL

INF 382H/

LAW 379M 

Legal Information Resources

  3*

 

3

 

EI

INF 3xx

iSchool Elective

3

 

3

 

RL

LAW 385

Professional Responsibility

 

3

3

 

RL

LAW 381C

Constitutional Law II

 

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring

EI

INF 3xx

 

3

 

3

 

RL/RD/CL**

INF 382L/

LAW 379M

Law Librarianship/Legal Informatics

 

  3*

 

 

3

 

RD/IP

LAW xxx

Intellectual Property Course

 

3

3

 

EL

LAW xxx

Law School Elective

 

3

3

 

EL

LAW xxx

Law School Elective

 

3

3

 

 

 

 

15

15

30

 

Year 3

 

                 

 

Semester

Course Type

Course Number

Course Name

iSchool hours

Law hours

TOTAL HOURS

Fall

EI

INF 3xx

iSchool Elective

3

 

3

 

RL

LAW xxx

Writing Seminar

 

3

3

 

RD/IP

LAW xxx

Intellectual Property Course

 

3

3

 

EL

LAW 385

Law School Elective

 

3

3

 

EL

LAW 381C

Law School Elective

 

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring

RI

INF 388L

Capstone Project

3

 

3

 

RI

INF 181E

Electronic Portfolio

1

 

1

 

EI

INF 3xx

iSchool Elective

 

3

 

 

3

 

EL

LAW xxx

Law School Elective

 

3

3

 

EL

LAW xxx

Law School Elective

 

3

3

 

EL

LAW xxx

Law School Elective

 

3

3

 

 

 

 

10

21

31

 

TOTAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         34                                69                               103

 

*Asterisked courses are cross-listed in both schools, but are single-counted in the iSchool column alone.  Note that the 34 and 69 total credits in each academic unit, and the 103 total credits, include cross-listed courses only once – they are counted only on the iSchool side of the ledger.

**This course also satisfies the law school’s upper class skills requirement.

Master of Science in Information Studies / Master of Global Policy Studies

UT School of Information - LBJ School of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information and the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, the Master of Science in Information Studies (MSInfoStds) and the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS).

Students in the program will be able to complete both degrees in three academic years, approximately one year less than it would take to complete the two degrees individually.  The graduates of such a program will be uniquely qualified to fill positions that demand knowledge of public policy and of information generation, storage, retrieval, and distribution. As information increases its public good value, its commodity value, and its value to organizations of many kinds, there is an increased need in both the public and private sectors for persons with expertise in public affairs and global policy on the one hand and in information and knowledge management on the other.

Admission to the dual degree program

Students must meet the separate admission criteria of both the School of Information and the LBJ School in order to be considered for admission to the Dual Degree program. Applicants must indicate interest in the Dual Degree program, in writing, to both admissions offices.

Degree requirements

Students are required to complete 31 hours at the School of Information and complete a minimum of 37 semester hours of work in Global Policy Studies, including a summer internship, as well as demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. The dual degree requires a total of 68 credit hours, a reduction of 9 hours from the 40 required independently for the MSInfoStds and 12 hours from the 49 required independently for the MGPS.

The two degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas including the professional report is completed.

DUAL MASTER’S DEGREE:  INFORMATION STUDIES AND GLOBAL POLICY STUDIES – SAMPLE PROGRAM

C = core, required for individual degree

S =  specialization course

E = elective

R = required for dual degree program

Year 1

 

iSchool

LBJ

Total hours 30

6 hrs

24 hrs

Fall 

C

PA 387G         Nature of the International System            

3

C

PA 393G         Microeconomics  

3

C

PA 397G         Analytical Methods for Global Policy Analysis  

3

S

PA xxx            Specialization Course            

3

Spring  

C

PA 383G         Policymaking in a Global Age         

3

C

PA 393H        International Economics  

3

S

PA xxx            Specialization Course  

3

S

PA xxx            Specialization Course                        

3

Summer

C

INF 380E                    Perspectives on Information 

3

 

E

                                 iSchool elective         

3

 

Year 2  

Total hours 18

18 hrs

0 hrs

Fall

E

INF 390N.1    Federal Information Policy 3  

C

INF 380C       Information in Social and Cultural Context 3  

E

INF 385M      Database Management 3  

Spring

E

INF 385P        Introduction to Usability 3  

E

INF 385E        Introduction to Information Arch and Design 3  

E

INF 385S        Espionage and Intelligence Gathering 3  

Year 3

Total hours 20

  7 hrs 13 hrs

Fall

C

PA 682GA      Policy Research Project          3

E

PA xxx            Specialization Course   3

E

INF 389R       Introduction to Archival Enterprise I 3  

Spring

C

INF 181E        Electronic Portfolio 1  

R

PA 398R         Professional Report   3

E

INF 390C       Copyright: Legal and Social Perspectives 3  

C

PA 682GA      Policy Research Project          3

C

PA 195G         Global Policy Simulation 1  

Distribution of Degree Hours

iSchool core courses                         7    
iSchool electives        24    
LBJ required core courses    22    
MGPS specialization courses 12    
LBJ Professional Report 3    
TOTAL HOURS 68 31 37

 

Master of Science in Information Studies / Master of Public Affairs

UT School of Information - LBJ School of Public Affairs

The University of Texas School of Information (iSchool) and the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin offer a dual degree program leading to two graduate degrees, Master of Science in Information Studies (MSInfoStds) and Master of Public Affairs (MPAff). The dual degree program combines advanced studies of government, non-profit agencies, and policy with a focus on knowledge and practice needed to make meaningful contributions in information organizations such as government agencies, libraries, archives, schools, museums, and beyond. There is an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with that combination of backgrounds, particularly with regard to advanced digital, networked information and communication technologies.  The graduates of such a program are uniquely qualified to fill positions that demand knowledge of public policy and of information generation, storage, retrieval, and distribution.

Practitioners in information agencies have recognized the need for awareness of and participation in the public policy process in order to ensure the successful completion of their missions. Further, information in the control of public agencies was once thought to be useful almost exclusively for internal decision making purposes; the proliferation of digital technologies and the growing ubiquity of skill with such technologies have made agency-specific information one of the most valuable public assets that we possess. On a related note, the economic or commodity value of information has grown, as has its public good or social value.  Thus, there is a growing need for persons with expertise in information and knowledge management on the one hand and public affairs on the other.

Admission to the dual degree program

Students must meet the separate admission criteria of both the School of Information and the LBJ School in order to be considered for admission to the Dual Degree program. Applicants must indicate interest in the Dual Degree program, in writing, to both admissions offices.

Degree requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 31 hours at the School of Information and 39 semester hours of work in Public Policy, including a summer internship. Thus the dual degree requires a total of 70 credit hours, a reduction of 9 hours from the 40 required independently for the MSInfoStds and 9 from the 48 required independently for the MPAff.

The program is structured so that students can earn the degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. The two degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas including the professional report is completed.

DUAL MASTER’S DEGREE: INFORMATION STUDIES AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS – SAMPLE PROGRAM

C = core, required for individual degree

S =  specialization course

E = elective

R = required for dual degree program

Year 1

 

iSchool

LBJ

Total hours 30

6 hrs

24 hrs

Fall 

C

PA 393K    Applied Microeconomics for Policy Analysis           

3

C

PA 391   Public Financial Management  

3

C

PA 397   Introduction to Empirical Methods  

3

C

PA 680PA   Policy Research Project       

3

Spring  

C

PA 383C      Policy Development  

3

C

PA 384C    Public Management Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy   

3

C

PA 397C           Analysis  

3

C

PA 680PB    Policy Research Project                       

3

Summer

C

INF 380E                    Perspectives on Information 

3

 

E

                                 iSchool elective         

3

 

Year 2  

Total hours 21

18 hrs

3 hrs

Fall

E

INF 390N.1    Federal Information Policy 3  

C

INF 380C       Information in Social and Cultural Context 3  

E

INF 385M      Database Management 3  

Spring

E

INF 385P        Introduction to Usability 3  

E

INF 385E        Introduction to Information Arch and Design 3  

E

INF 385S        Espionage and Intelligence Gathering 3  

Summer

R

PA 396KInternship: Public Service Experience   3

Year 3

Total hours 19

  7 hrs 12 hrs

Fall

R

PA 393LAdvanced Policy Economics         3

E

LBJ School Elective   3

E

INF 389RIntroduction to Archival Enterprise I 3  

Spring

C

INF 181E        Electronic Portfolio 1  

R

PA 398R         Professional Report   3

E

INF 390C       Copyright: Legal and Social Perspectives 3  

E

LBJ School Elective      3

Distribution of Degree Hours

iSchool core courses                         7    
iSchool electives        24    
LBJ required core courses    24    
LBJ Electives 6    
LBJ Policy Research Project 6    
LBJ Internship 3    
LBJ Professional Report 3    
TOTAL HOURS 70 31 39
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