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.

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.

Pathways

Concentration pathway
To review the requirements of each concentration:

By completing coursework only:

  • Students following this option are eligible to choose to complete 1 or 2 concentrations.
  • Two 0.25-credit required courses: INF 1005H and INF 1006H (0.5 credit total).
  • Four or five 0.5-credit required courses depending on the concentration (2.0 or 2.5 credits total, depending on the concentration).
  • Plus eleven or ten 0.5-credit elective courses (5.5 or 5.0 credits total, depending on the concentration).

By completing a concentration plus a thesis: 

  • Two 0.25-credit required courses: INF 1005H and INF 1006H (0.5 credit total).
  • Four or five 0.5-credit required courses depending on the concentration (2.0 or 2.5 credits total, depending on the concentration).
  • 0.5 credit research methods course appropriate to the student’s program of study, with a final grade of at least A–.
  • 0.5 credit reading course with the student’s intended supervisor, with a final grade of at least A–.
  • thesis (2.0 credits total).
  • Five or four 0.5-credit elective courses (2.5 or 2.0 credits total, depending on the concentration).

By completing a concentration plus a co-op

  • ​​​Two 0.25-credit required courses: INF 1005H and INF 1006H (0.5 credit total).
  • Four or five 0.5-credit required courses depending on the concentration (2.0 or 2.5 credits total, depending on the concentration).
  • INF 3900H The Emerging Professional (0.5 credit).
  • Two 12-week co-op placement: INF 3902H and INF 3903H (1.0 credit total, 0.5 credit each).
  • Eight or seven 0.5-credit elective courses (4.0 or 3.5 credits total, depending on the concentration).​

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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