Master of Information Program

The design of the Master of Information (MI) program engages students from a wide variety of professional and academic contexts to focus on information: its creation, organization, classification, retrieval, preservation, management and use. Built upon the values and foundations of Library and Information Science, the MI program focuses on the integral relationships between people, information and technology.

Intense Preparation for a Dynamic Field

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.

  • 36-credit program
  • 1.5 to 2 years with full-time study (9 – 15 credits/term)
  • 2 to 3 years with part-time study (fewer than 9 credits/term)
  • 100% online option
  • On-campus classes meet once a week
  • Robust faculty engagement in both online and on-campus courses

Concentrations Span the Profession

The MI program offers areas of concentration built around your career goals.

  • Archives and Preservation
  • Data Science
  • Interaction Design and Informatics (on campus only)
  • Library and Information Science
  • School Librarianship
  • Technology, Information and Management
  • You may also design your own pathway.
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In Good Company

SC&I’s MI is one of the most respected programs of its kind.


ALA/COA
AlA accreditated

ALA Accredited

The MI has been awarded full reaccreditation through fall 2025 from the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation.

Maintaining the program’s long held status.

“We have had continuous accreditation since 1956, and continue our commitment to ongoing quality curriculum design, innovation, and meeting professional opportunities in a diverse library and information landscape.”

—Ross Todd, associate professor of library and information science and past department chair

 

Graduates of Rutgers’ MI program will be able to:

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

 

Ranked

US MI Ranking

U.S. News and World Report

SC&I’s MI program currently ranks:

#7 overall program nationally

#1 for school library media

#6 for digital librarianship

#6 for services for children and youth

#8 for information systems

 

iSchools
ischools

Founding Member

The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 by a collective of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century.

SC&I belongs to the iCaucus, the consortium’s governing group.

 

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“The MI program provided me with a mix of theory and practice—a lot of technical skills but also when to apply them. I think that is the important thing: to know why and to be willing to learn for the rest of your career.”


-Liz Boccolini, 2018 MI graduate and advanced analytics analyst