Areas of Interest

Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the MSI Program will implement a new curriculum structure, keeping the UMSI internship program and cognate requirements and channeling the foundations courses, management distribution, research methods distribution, and specialization requirements into a mastery-course structure. The faculty have designed this structure to provide additional depth to the curriculum so that each MSI student will be able to reach mastery in a specific professional area.

Click on each heading for more information about the areas of interest, their coursework and their pathways.

Data Science / Data Analytics / Computational Social Science

Data analysis is essential for planning and decision-making that align with individual or organizational goals. Practitioners play important roles in helping organizations achieve success, from assessing management networks to improving system effectiveness to leading comprehensive information management strategic development.

Digital Archives and Library Science / Preservation

Specialists in these fields must address the problems of online access, digital preservation and electronic records management. They evaluate what cultural artifacts are worth preserving, what policies apply, and what resources and funding are available for the preservation of information.

User Experience (UX) Research and Design / Human Computer Interaction (HCI) / Social Computing

Students of user experience research/design are prepared to address human needs with technology by determining how useful systems function and by designing interfaces that consider the context of the individual and/or organization. They learn about features of social computing technologies and gain skills in developing applications that may be used in recommender systems, reputation systems, prediction markets, social network analysis, online communities, and computer-supported cooperative work.