Master of Information

Master of Information

The new Master of Information (MI) program is built on the integrity and success of the MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) program in a way that enables information professionals from a wide variety of contexts and applications to study their craft, interact with one another and leverage one another's expertise in an interactive and engaging learning environment. Our students understand the social value of creation, organization, preservation, and use of a variety of information artifacts and structures ranging from books to complex computing systems.

The flexible curricular design allows future librarians, archivists, data scientists, technologists, designers, knowledge managers and many others to work to develop deep levels of expertise in their chosen craft.  It also offers opportunities for students to cross subject boundaries and engage in disciplinary areas outside their expertise.

The program attracts students with undergraduate backgrounds that range from humanities to computational subject expertise. Within the program space, students are offered many opportunities to build upon their expertise as well as work together in problem solving contexts and engage in areas that might otherwise not be available to them. A librarian or archivist might study data science.  An information asset manager might want to learn about preservation in greater depth.  The combinations build on core strengths while opening other opportunities for exploration.

The MI program is centered around the following principles:

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People and Community

We focus on the information needs of people in diverse social, organizational and cultural contexts and on opportunities to design responsive information places, services, networks and systems.

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Data, Information and Knowledge

We focus on the dynamic intersection of data, information and knowledge, and their creation, organization, use and preservation for posterity to provide meaningful and adaptive services to individuals, information organizations and communities.
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Technologies, Systems and Networks

We focus on designing, implementing and evaluating information systems and services that enable access to information and learning how to optimize their usefulness in meeting organizational and community goals.

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Empowerment, Engagement and Action

We focus on scholarly and professional leadership and the capacity to safeguard and make available the cultural, intellectual and technological records of humankind. We understand the value of data, information and knowledge in shaping human capacity to be productive, creative and transformative.

The mission of the Master of Information program is to enable you to provide professional expertise, leadership and innovation across diverse information and technological landscapes. People-focused, information technology-intensive, data-driven and career-oriented, our Master of Information is your gateway to making a significant contribution to organizational leadership, information management, community and social development in 21st century societies.

Graduates of Rutgers MI program will be able to:

  • Analyze, identify, and describe the information needs, problems, challenges and goals of individuals, groups, communities, & organizations;

  • Design, develop, and implement innovative and interactive information systems, services, technologies, instruction, policies and organizational structures that address identified needs, problems, challenges and goals;

  • Use measurable criteria to evaluate effectiveness of systems, programs and services

  • Represent, include and advocate for the interests of diverse colleagues, professionals, clients, patrons, user groups, and citizens, to ensure equitable intellectual and physical access and use.

  • Lead, innovate and serve as agents of change in the information professions and respective communities;

  • Enact and uphold ethically-grounded policies and practices that demonstrate knowledge relating to privacy, access, copyright intellectual property, intellectual freedom, diversity and security;

  • Consider and deploy information solutions as cultural, social, intellectual and technological goods serving human actors in local, national and global societal contexts.

  • Uphold professional and academic community standards for ethical information practices, accessibility, uses, and user-centered systems design, in support of tenets.

Facts about the MI program

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  • Flexibility— courses are available online, on campus or in a hybrid context
  • Ranked 7th nationally by U.S. News and World Report; #1 for School Library Media; #6 for Digital Librarianship; #8 for Information Systems, and #6 for Services for Children and Youth.
  • Founding member and 1 of 59 international members of the iSchool consortium
  • Tuition is competitive with top 10 national programs
  • American Library Association (ALA)
    American Library Association Accreditated (ALA) accreditation
  • GRE waivers to students with strong academic records
  • Five concentrations or create your own pathway:
    • Data Science
    • Library and Information Science (includes School Libraries)
    • Archives and Preservation
    • Technology, Information and Management
    • Informatics and Design
    • Create a unique pathway