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Program structure and requirements

Program requirements

  • A minimum of 30 graduate-level credits taken in the MSI program
    • At least 21 credits taken within UMSI; up to 9 of the 30 credits could be taken in other U-M departments
  • Mastery Course (3 credits) or Master’s Thesis (6 credits)
    • Each mastery course has 5-8 prerequisite courses that must be completed in advance of the mastery course


One option for earning credit is through the UMSI Internship Courses. AMDP students are able to earn up to 9 internship course credits via SI 690 or SI 681.

Typically students complete an internship for credit in the summer between completing their BSI and starting their MSI degree, but there is flexibility to earn credit during the fall and/or winter terms after starting the MSI degree. Internship course credits are counted as part of the total SI credits needed for graduation.

International Students: You have several options for seeking work authorization but we do recommend meeting with a CDO advisor early to better understand the nuances and potential ramifications of each option.