MSIS Degree Requirements


Courses in the Master of Science in Information Studies curriculum should be viewed in terms of three elements:

  1. Core -All School of Information students must take INF 380E - Perspectives on Information (3 semester credit hours)
  2. Electives - Elective courses (27 semester credit hours)*
  3. Capstone Experience - A Capstone experience course plus concurrent registration in INF 181E (3 semester credit hours)*

* For more information on the specific curriculum requirements and policies of the School of Information, please refer to the Complete MSIS degree program handbook.

Core (3 semester credit hours)

All students must take the course,INF 380E Perspectives on Information, during their first year of studies (3 semester credit hours):

Elective courses (27 credit hours)

Electives are to be taken from the range of courses offered by the School of Information, elsewhere at UT Austin, or via the WISE Consortium. Students may take up to twelve (12) graduate credits OR up to nine (9) upper-division undergraduate credits at UT-Austin outside the School with the permission of their advisors. No more than six (6) upper-division undergraduate credits may be from any one (1) department.  Students may not count any iSchool undergraduate courses toward their iSchool graduate degrees.  A student may also complete up to six (6) semester credit hours of Individual Studies without special permission of the GSC.

Capstone Experience (3 semester credit hours)

Each student must complete his or her Capstone Experience under one of the Capstone Experience Courses. Please see the complete listing of courses and tentative course schedules when planning a course of studies


Endorsement of Specialization

A certificate which recognizes a successful completion of 12 semester credit hours of planned cohesive study within the 40 semester credits hours required for the MSIS program.


Certificate of Advanced Study

The Certificate of Advanced Study recognizes completion of 12 additional semester credit hours dedicated to specialized coursework.


Portfolio Programs

iSchool students interested in a cross-disciplinary academic area of inquiry are welcome to participate in one of the many Graduate Portfolio Programs offered by UT while completing requirements for their MSIS degree.


Dual Degree Program

The iSchool proudly partners with numerous colleges and cognate disciplines on the UT campus to offer a unique array of dual and integrated masters programs.