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-Austin iSchool Doctoral Program Applications and Information Sessions

Oct 22, 2014

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The University of Texas at Austin School of Information invites applications to our doctoral program for Fall 2015. Funding is available in the form of fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships, which typically include a stipend, tuition reduction, and medical insurance with premium sharing.

The application deadline for all applicants is November 15, 2014. Application requirements include:

  1. an application;
  2. official transcripts for all undergraduate coursework and, where applicable, all graduate coursework;
  3. official test scores for the GRE for all students and the TOEFL or IELTS for international students;
  4. application fee;
  5. statement of purpose;
  6. and three letters of recommendation.

All materials must be submitted through ApplyTexas: More information about the doctoral program is available here:

We will be holding both on-campus and online Information Sessions to provide more information about the doctoral program and answer questions from prospective applicants. The on-campus Information Session will be held on Tuesday, October 28 from 12-1 pm CDT in UTA 5.522. Light refreshments will be served. Directions to the School of Information are available here: https:/

The online Information Session will be held on Wednesday, October 29 from 3-4 pm CDT. The Information Session will be viewable either at that time or at a later date. A link to the online Information Session will be available here immediately prior to the event:

We're eager to answer your questions about our program, so if you have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Ken Fleischmann at and we'll try to address your questions in both sessions.


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