School of Information reaches top five in U.S. News graduate school rankings

Ferguson, John  |  Mar 14, 2017

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U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Graduate Schools” has ranked The University of Texas at Austin School of Information in the top five nationally among colleges and schools of library and information studies.

The Texas iSchool is ranked fifth overall, up from sixth when last ranked.

“This latest ranking is our best ever, and it is gratifying that our peers recognize the quality of our educational offerings and our commitment to advancing the field of information,” Dean and Professor Andrew Dillon said.

The School of Information has remained in the top 10 in the U.S. News rankings for the past 15 years, steadily rising through this elite upper tier.

In addition to receiving an overall ranking, the School of Information also had four specialty programs that were highly ranked:

  • Archives and preservation is #2 (up from #4)
  • Law librarianship is #2 (no change)
  • Digital librarianship is #5 (up from #9)
  • Information systems is #10 (up from #11)

Using quantitative and qualitative measures, U.S. News annually ranks graduate school programs in business, education, engineering and law. Select other Ph.D. programs and specialty programs, such as those in the School of Information, are ranked in alternate years based on ratings of academic experts.

The ranking for library and information studies programs is based on a 2016 survey of deans, program directors and senior faculty members at 51 schools with accredited master’s programs.

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UT iSchool partners with Center for Identity to offer first ever Option III program

Jun 01, 2015

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The University of Texas School of Information has joined forces with the Center for Identity as the school ventures into its first foray of offering executive and alternative education.

The UT School of Information has partnered with the Center for Identity to create a new, Option III master’s program in Identity Management and Security. UT iSchool faculty and selected professors from around campus will oversee the program along with the director of the Center for Identity. Because of this partnership, the iSchool will offer this new degree program in fall 2015 in conjunction with its regular Master of Science in Information Studies and doctorate programs.

“The development of a new master’s program is an exciting development for the iSchool and it will mark a new era for us of delivering two distinct masters programs,” said Andrew Dillon, Dean of the University of Texas School of Information. “Identity management is becoming recognized as a vital component in the information infrastructure of our world, and it transcends commercial, cultural and medical sectors. At the University of Texas, we believe that such matters require a truly interdisciplinary approach and we are committed to enabling the best minds to deliver the best education across boundaries.”

Courses will be offered one weekend a month at UT and online. The class listing is as follows:

Introduction to Identity Management, Security and Privacy

Identity in Society and Community

Identity Risk and Benefit Analysis

Identity Communications

Business Practices and Governance

Identity Security

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The Policy of Identity

Identity and Law

Identity Information Management and Repositories

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 “Issues of identity authentication and personal information protection are becoming vitally important to many organizations, and will be an increasing individual concern in all areas of life this century,” Dillon said. “Identity security is more than a technical issue, it involves a deep understanding of the human and social aspects of information use and management across platforms and contexts.  The strength of this partnership is a special combination of expertise our two groups bring to this area. I do not believe any one academic unit could provide the depth and breadth that is enabled by the partnership of the iSchool and the Center for Identity.”

In this digital age, governmental and private entities seek professionals who understand the business practices, policy, law, communications, technology and social solutions for managing, protecting and securing Personally Identifiable Information.

The MSIMS program will accept applicants with a Bachelor of Arts or Science from a wide range of academic disciplines.

The Master of Science in Identity Management and Security degree program is currently pending final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The iSchool will host online MSIMS program information sessions Thursday, June 25 at 12 p.m. CDT and Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m. CDT. To register for an information session click here.

For more information on the MSIMS program, visit Enrollment for the first class is expected to be capped at 25 students.

UT iSchool and Computer Science Department Launch Five-Year Integrated Masters

Sep 12, 2014

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The School of Information and the UT Computer Science Department now offer a five-year integrated master's program whereby a student can earn a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Studies degree. Students in the program will be able to complete the integrated program in five academic years of full-time study-one year less than it would take to complete the two degrees individually and consecutively. Students can begin applying for these programs in spring 2015 and the programs will begin fall 2015.

"This joint degree taps the talents of two nationally ranked programs at UT. This unique education will combine strong technical skills with a deep understanding of the human factors that are central to good design. Our aim is to create the leaders of a new information age," says Andrew Dillon, Dean of the School of Information.

This program is ideal for students who want to broaden their CS background of back-end technologies to include front-end design, user experience and policy studies. Graduates of the program will be uniquely qualified for professional positions that require diverse perspectives on information, leadership, and technical depth such as human-computer interaction design, user experience and usability design, information architecture, and the design, development, and management of digital services in governmental, academic, or corporate institutions, as well as for competitive Ph.D. programs in computer science and information studies.

Read more about the new five-year masters as well has our other joint degree offerings at the UT School of Information.


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