Master of Information class

MI Program Information

Degree Requirements

A minimum of thirty-six credits, or twelve courses, is required to earn the Master of Information (MI) degree. The MI program must be completed in three years. Students can transfer up to 6 credits from other programs of study at Rutgers or through the WISE consortium program offerings. These credits should in some way be connected to your academic goals.

Credits: 36 (12 courses):
Full time study: 9 credits or more (1.5-2 years for completion)
Part time study: Fewer than 9 credits (2-3 years for completion)
Maximum load: 15 credits 
Transfer credits: Maximum of 6 credits (pending approval)

MI Requirements

1.  All students  (unless you are specializing in School Librarianship*) must take 2 Foundation Classes.  The goal is to have all students enroll in one foundation class and the technology requirement class in their first semester.  All students must enroll in 501 during their first semester as well. Summer admits will take 501 in the fall.

School Library students must follow their prescribed course plan listed  in the School library course of study.  This course plan is approved by the state and required for certification.

2.  All students must take the technology requirement 17:610:550.  Students can ask to waive this requirement if you possess the basic competencies of this course.  Please find the full course here.  If students would like to request a waiver, contact Anselm Spoerri, course coordinator.

3.  All students must take zero credit:

4.  All students must complete 36 credit hours

Concentrations

If students choose to select a concentration, upon fulfillment of the requirements your transcript will reflect that decision. A concentration designation is important if the student's goal is to gain deep knowledge and competency of an area. Specifically if the student wants to work in a library or school library context they should select LIS as their concentration.  Same holds true with the other concentrations some of which, like Data Science, have course requirements and pathways that build upon expertise acquired in specified pathways within that concentration.  Students can take courses from any concentration providing the meet any prerequisite requirements.  Students are not required to choose a concentration and can build their own pathways.

Program Assessment

Systematic planning and program learning assessment are an integral part of our program’s operation. The following information is the result of systematic information gathering and ongoing decision making based on such data:

  • ALA Accreditation:  In 2012 Rutgers MLIS (currently MI) program was granted accreditation by the American Library Association.  The program presentation was submitted in August 2011. The next accreditation is scheduled for 2018. 
  • The program also submits a Biennial report, outlining program developments. The most recent was submitted in February, 2017.
  • Internally, within the School of Communication & Information an Annual Report on assessment of all programs is created.  The Master of Information program report is part of this school wide study.  This information is submitted to the university Academic Council on Learning Outcomes who provide feedback on the report.
  • Specific program data is collected and reported regularly regarding enrollments, and attrition.