Master of Information


This innovative multi-disciplinary program explores information and knowledge management in all its breadth, depth and richness. MI graduates are the next generation of valued professionals, able to lead the progression of information design, organization, storage, access and retrieval, dissemination, preservation, conservation and management. With a deep understanding of the needs of society, career opportunities are found across all industries and sectors.

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Master of Information (MI) Program Director: Prof. Fiorella Foscarini

The MI program is accredited by the American Library Association.

Students in the MI program can follow 1 of 2 pathways to completing their degree requirements:

  1. Concentration pathway: the program offers 8 concentrations that students can choose from. 
  2. General Program pathway: for the student that does not wish to complete a formal concentration.

All MI students complete 16 half-courses (8.0 credits total), regardless of pathway chosen. Students are eligible to complete their pathway based on course work only, or incorporate a Collaborative Specializationthesis or Co-op as part of their degree experience. Full-time students can finish the program in 2 years (with a maximum allowed duration of 3 years). Part-time students are eligible to use up to 6 years to complete their degree requirements.

The MI thesis option allows students to gain experience in developing and executing a research project from beginning to end. This option is designed for students who have a clearly defined topic, can find a supervisor, and can meet tight deadlines in order to complete all program requirements within the normal time limit. The thesis option is typically carried out in the 2nd year of the two-year program. Faculty approval is required.

A co-operative education (Co-op) is an academic program coupled with experiential education attained in partnership between students, employers and an academic institution. The MI Co-op is an option within the MI program to complete 2 consecutive, paid, full-time Co-op work terms and gain professional experience in your field of study. It is an opportunity to apply knowledge in a real world situation and gain academic credit for it.

Collaborative specializations allow students to specialize in a field outside of their main area of study and count the courses taken as electives in their MI degree program.

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Pathways

The MI program requires students to complete 8.0-credits regardless of pathway chosen.

The concentration pathway can be completed by fulfilling the requirements by completing coursework only, or a concentration + thesis, or a concentration + co-op.

By completing coursework only By completing a concentration plus a thesis By completing a concentration plus a co-op
  1. Students following this option are eligible to choose to complete 1 or 2 concentrations.
  2. Complete the required courses of each concentration
    • INF1005H (0.25-credit) and INF1006H (0.25-credit) need to be taken only once.
  3. Fulfill remaining credits with electives
  1. (0.25 credit) INF 1005H
  2. (0.25 credit) INF 1006H
  3. Complete the required courses of a chosen concentration or complete the required courses of the General Program Pathway
  4. (0.5 credit) Research methods course appropriate to the student’s program of study, with a final grade of at least A–.
  5. (0.5 credit) reading course with the student’s intended supervisor, with a final grade of at least A–.
  6. (2.0 credit) A thesis
  7. Fulfill remaining credits with electives
  1. (0.25 credit) INF 1005H
  2. (0.25 credit) INF 1006H
  3. Complete the required courses of a chosen concentration
  4. (0.5 credit) INF 3900H The Emerging Professional
  5. (1.0 credit total, 0.5 credit each) Two 12-week co-op placement: INF 3902H and INF 3903H
  6. Fulfill remaining credits with electives​

 

Required courses for each concentration. Click into each concentration for more details!

Students are able to take their Year 1 required courses in Year 2. However, for concentrations with a Year 2 required course, students need to ensure that they have the pre-requisites completed prior to taking the Year 2 required courses.

It is not a must to complete all Year 1 required courses in Year 1. It is, however, recommended that you complete your Year 1 required courses in Year 1 as they provide foundational knowledge. For students thinking about Co-op, you should complete all Year 1 required courses in Year 1.

Concentration Required courses
ARM: Archives & Records Management Year 1 required courses:

  • INF1003H – Information Systems, Services and Design (0.5 credit)
  • INF1330H – Archives Concepts and Issues (0.5 credit)
  • INF2175H – Managing Organizational Records I (0.5 credit)
  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
  • INF2184H – Appraisal for Records Retention and Archives Acquisition (0.5 credit)
  • INF1331H – Archival Arrangement and Description or INF2186H – Metadata Schemas and Applications (0.5 credit)

Year 2 required courses: 

  • None
C&T: Culture & Technology Year 1 required courses:

  • INF1501H – Culture & Technology I (0.5 credit)
  • INF2241H – Critical Making: Information Studies, Social Values, and Physical Computing (0.5 credit)
  • INF2331H – The Future of the Book or INF2320H – Remix Culture (0.5 credit)
  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
  • INF2243H – Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies (0.5 credit)

Year 2 required courses:

  • INF1502H – Culture & Technology II (0.5 credit)
CIPS: Critical Information Policy Studies Year 1 required courses:

  • INF1001H – Knowledge and Information in Society (0.5 credit)
  • INF2240H – Political Economy and Cultural Studies of Information (0.5 credit)
  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
  • INF2181H – Information Policy, Regulation, and Law (0.5 credit)
  • INF2242H – Studying Information and Knowledge Practices (0.5 credit)
  • INF2243H – Critical Histories of Information and Communication Technologies (0.5 credit)

Year 2 required courses:

  • None
HCDS: Human Centered Data Science Year 1 required courses

  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
  • INF1340H – Programming for Data Science (0.5 credit)
  • INF1344H – Introduction to Statistics for Data Science (0.5 credit)
  • INF2178H – Experimental Design for Data Science (0.5 credit)
  • INF2190H – Data Analytics: Introduction, Methods and Practical Approaches (0.5 credit)

Year 2 required courses

  • INF2210H – Human Values in Data Science (0.5 credit)
ISD: Information Systems & Design Year 1 required courses

  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
  • INF1339H – Introduction to Computational Thinking (0.5 credit)
  • INF1341H – Systems Analysis and Process Innovation (0.5 credit)
  • INF1342H – System Requirements and Architectural Design (0.5 credit)
  • INF1343H – Data Modeling and Database Design (0.5 credit)

Year 2 required courses

  • INF2177H – Information Management and Systems (0.5 credit)
KMIM: Knowledge Management & Information Management Year 1 required courses

  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
  • INF1003H – Information Systems, Services and Design (0.5 credit)
  • INF1230H – Management of Information Organizations (0.5 credit)
  • INF2175H – Managing Organizational Records (0.5 credit)
  • INF2176H – Information Management in Organizations-Models and Platforms (0.5 credit)
  • INF2186H – Metadata Schemas and Applications (0.5 credit)

Year 2 required courses

  • None
LIS: Library & Information Science Year 1 required courses

  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
  • INF1321H – Representing, Documenting, and Accessing the Cultural Record (0.5 credit)
  • INF1322H – Communities and Values (0.5 credit)
  • INF1323H – The Information Experience (0.5 credit)
  • INF1324H – Critical Infrastructures (0.5 credit)

Year 2 required courses

  • None
UXD: User Experience Design Year 1 required courses

  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshops II (0.25 credit)
  • INF1602H – Fundamentals of User Experience (0.5 credit)
  • INF2169H – User-Centred Information Systems Development (0.5 credit)
  • INF2170H – Information Architecture (0.5 credit)
  • INF2191H – User Interface Design (0.5 credit)

Year 2 required courses

  • INF2192H – Representing UX (0.5 credit)

 

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General Program Pathway
The general program pathway is for students that do not wish to choose a formal concentration.

They are still able to complete the pathway by choosing coursework only, or incorporating co-opcollaborative specializations, or a thesis.

Students in the general program must complete the following courses:

  • INF1001H – Knowledge and Information in Society (0.5 credit)
  • INF1240H – Research Methods (0.5 credit)
  • INF1003H – Information Systems, Services and Design (0.5 credit)
  • INF1005H – Information Workshop I (0.25 credit)
  • INF1006H – Information Workshop II (0.25 credit)
  • Elective coursework, co-op, collaborative specialization, or thesis options (6.0 credits total)

Students choosing the General Program Pathway needs to submit the General Program Pathway Request Form to Student Services before/when you complete eight 0.5-credit courses (4.0 credits total) midway through the MI progam.

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  • Student Learning Outcomes

  • Key Program Characteristics and Foundational Beliefs