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.
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:
- Concentration pathway: the program offers 8 concentrations that students can choose from.
- 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 Specialization, thesis 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.
|To review the requirements of each concentration:
By completing coursework only:
By completing a concentration plus a thesis:
By completing a concentration plus a co-op
|General Program Pathway|
|The general program pathway is for students that do not wish to choose a formal concentration.
Students in the general program must complete the following courses:
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.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students understand and are conversant with fundamental concepts, theories, practices, and the diverse horizons of information disciplines, and can respond to changing information practices and needs of society.
- Students develop knowledge and values appropriate to their future exercise of economic, cultural, and/or social leadership, and thereby provide leadership in defining the social responsibility of information professionals to provide information services for all, regardless of age, educational level, or social, cultural, or ethnic background.
- Students develop the ability to contribute through research and publication, to the continuous expansion and critical assessment of the body of knowledge underlying the information and archives sciences.
- Students develop an understanding of the development of theory concerning information, where it is found, and how it is used.
- Students develop an understanding of the application of new technological developments to the preservation and communication of information, and in the identification of the impact of such developments on society.
- Students continue in life-long intellectual growth beyond graduation.
Key Program Characteristics and Foundational Beliefs
- Broad-based and inclusive, with information-focused fields from different disciplinary and professional viewpoints.
- Flexible curriculum, customizable to each individual student’s interests and needs.
- Students may choose a particular focus, or take a broad range of courses – including non-iSchool courses – or participate in a collaborative program with other U of T graduate departments.
- Students may choose a thesis option.
- The program may be taken on a part-time basis.
- Information penetrates all aspects of our digitally-mediated society.
- Information professionals need to understand the political, technological, and epistemological consequences of rapidly changing information practices.
- Education of information professionals must therefore address issues of leadership and critical thinking, and engage in studies of fundamental concepts, theories, and practices.
- Thorough explorations of technology and resources for information institutions, services, and professionals are essential.