Top Schools for Information Sciences and Support Services

Students interested in information sciences and support services can find master's and doctoral programs in library and/or information science, as well as undergraduate degrees in information science or management.

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Notable schools in this field include Syracuse University, the University of California in Los Angeles, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Rutgers State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick. Each of these schools earned a high ranking from U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Unique to individual programs are joint degree or specialized certificate programs, field experiences and study abroad opportunities.

Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY

School Highlight: Syracuse tied at #4 on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 list of the top library and information studies graduate programs.

The program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in information sciences and support services, including a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Information Management and Technology and Master of Science (M.S.) in Library and Information Science, Information Management or Telecommunications and Network Management. Graduate programs also include a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Science and Technology and a Doctor of Professional Studies in Information Management. Additionally, the university offers eight Certificate of Advanced Study programs in cultural heritage preservation, information security management and eScience, among other areas of study.

University of California - Los Angeles

School Highlight: UCLA is tied at #2 on U.S. News & World Report's list of 'Top Public Schools' for 2017.

Prospective graduate students interested in information sciences and support services may want to consider UCLA for its Department of Information Studies, located in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

The department offers a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program that allows for specializations in archival studies, informatics and library studies. Additional courses of study can lead to a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS) and a Ph.D. in Information Studies. Students pursuing the MLIS or Ph.D. can participate in an internship program and obtain some hands-on experience in academic, public and museum libraries or film studios.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

School Highlight: The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is ranked #5 among national universities on U.S. News & World Report's list of 'Top Public Schools' for 2017.

The nation's first public university offers a graduate program in library and information studies that U.S. News & World Report ranked in 2013 as #2 in the nation. Undergraduate programs include a B.S. in Information Science (BSIS) and a minor in information systems. The graduate programs are more numerous and include an M.S. in Library Science or Information Science and a Ph.D. in Information and Library Science, as well as a postgraduate program in information and library science that leads to a Certificate of Advanced Study. In addition, students pursuing a master's can earn a dual degree in art history, business administration, government and law; joint degree programs in medicine, public history, nursing and health policy are also available. Other opportunities for information science and support services students include the school's Field Experience Program and semester-length study abroad programs in Denmark, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Spain.

Rutgers State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ

School Highlight: Rutgers' School of Communication and Information was one of the first schools to join the iSchools caucus.

Rutgers was tied at #6 among library and information studies graduate programs (2013) and #25 among public schools (2017) in U.S. News & World Report's rankings. The School of Communication Offers a Master of Communication and Information Studies (MCIS), a Master of Information, and a Ph.D. program. The MCIS program combines theoretical studies with research and professional practice. The Master of Information program is available on-campus or in an online or hybrid format. Through the PhD in Communication, Information and Library Studies, students take focused, graduate-level coursework and conduct supervised research in their field of interest. This popular program is the third-largest in the university.

Top Library and Information Science Schools

Here are some more universities that provide excellent educational opportunities in information science:

  • The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign is home to the Midwest's earliest-established library science program.
  • The University of Maryland - College Park offers a school library media specialization to graduate students.
  • The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, is home to the John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society.
  • There are about 300 graduate students enrolled in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • There are over 1,000 students in the Information School of the University of Washington in Seattle.
  • The University of Wisconsin - Madison is home to the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture.

For students who are interested in information sciences, there are strong graduate-level offerings available at some of the best public and private universities in the country.

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