Master of Science in Information overview

The Master of Science in Information: a professional degree for the information age

About the Degree

The Master of Science in Information (MSI) is a professional degree which prepares students for emerging careers that meet the rapidly growing information-management needs of an increasingly interconnected world. As businesses and society grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the digital age, information professionals play a crucial role in analyzing, systematizing, and evaluating the massive resources generated by the digital revolution. At Michigan, we train students to be leaders and agents of change in a field that is evolving at unprecedented speed.

Our graduates can be found working at major technology firms such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard; at universities and medical centers; at social media companies like Google and Facebook; at consulting firms and national libraries. With an MSI degree, you may be developing software applications to encourage healthy lifestyles, preserving our nation’s history in digital archives at the Smithsonian, or joining the ground floor of an entrepreneurial startup.

Students who complete the intensive two-year program are highly sought by employers in both the public and private sectors. Within a year of receiving their degree, 98% of our 2018 MSI graduates are employed in their chosen profession or pursuing additional education and 96% report high levels of job satisfaction.

Based on fall 2016 data, the MSI program retention rate is 98.4%. The average time to degree is 1.7 years with 87% of the students completing the degree within 2 years.

About the Program

The MSI program attracts students from over 100 different undergraduate majors: from computer science and engineering to psychology, history, and communications. We seek students with leadership potential who have a team-oriented approach to problem-solving, who are capable of dealing with ambiguity and change, and who have a strong commitment to service.

Highly interdisciplinary and flexible, the program can be shaped to meet your unique interests while providing a solid foundation in the essentials. Management-oriented courses focus on planning, leading, organizing, and decision making. Research-oriented courses teach how to produce or validate information through fieldwork, program evaluation, or computer simulation.

A key component of the MSI is its emphasis on practical engagement and career development. Before graduating, each student completes a minimum of six credits of field work, generally earned during spring and summer internships. Additionally, many classes feature practical components, helping local clients solve real-world information problems. Students leave the School of Information well prepared for fulfilling careers in one of today’s most important and exciting fields.