The University of Maryland College of Information Studies, UMD's iSchool, is a top-ranked research and teaching college in the field of information science, located just outside Washington DC. We are a bustling and diverse college with 1800+ students from 37 countries (29% from underrepresented groups, 44% female). We offer STEM OPT certified bachelor’s degrees in Information Science (BSIS), master’s degrees in Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM) and Information Management (MIM), and a PhD in Information Studies. Our master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
At the UMD iSchool, we believe that one of the best ways to learn – is to do. Our students have unmatched opportunities for applied learning. In addition to working on projects with hundreds of industry partners, cultural institutions and libraries, our students are able to participate in real-world research at our college’s internationally recognized research centers and labs:
● The Social Data Science Center (SoDA)
● Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI)
● Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP)
● Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC)
● The Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)
● Trace Research & Development Center (TRACE).
Hands-on learning experiences with external partners occur through course projects, capstones, field studies, participation in partner-sponsored college events, and internships. Some of our recent collaborators include: Adobe, Google, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Coopers, US Department of Defense, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, Baltimore City Archives, US Department of Justice, MD State Archives, DC Public Library, PG County Memorial Library System, and the National Park Service. At UMD, faculty, staff, and students combine principles of information science with cutting-edge technology to foster access to information, improve information interfaces, and expand how information is used in an evolving world. We envision a world where information and technology break down barriers and create exciting new possibilities so that individuals, communities, and organizations can explore their full potential and enjoy an enriched quality of life--where information and technology can be fully leveraged to solve real-world problems and foster a culture of trust and respect.
At a Glance
● Online, in-person and hybrid
● Program also offers a School Libraries certification program
● Fully online
● Fully online
Areas of Focus
Jill Scarson, Academic Program Specialist for MLIS and PhD Programs
Michelle Simon, Program Manager, Master of Information Management