Program Overview

The information science discipline is expanding rapidly thanks to an ever-present demand for new innovations in information retrieval, storage, processing and analysis tools and techniques. The Master of Science in information science is a 33-credit-hour program designed to familiarize individuals with the advanced knowledge, skills, and technologies for working with large amounts of complex data. This degree also serves as a stepping stone toward pursuing other graduate degrees, such as the Ph.D. in computer and information science.

This online program will be available for enrollment as early as Fall 2018.

Required Courses (33 hours)

In addition to the four required core courses, students will choose five graduate level courses with particular emphasis placed on courses from Information Science, Technology Innovation, Computer Science, Business Information Systems, Statistics, and Systems Engineering. A limit of two courses may be selected from the Information Quality catalog.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Anyone with a baccalaureate from an accredited school can apply for admission to the M.S. in information science program. Candidates who have a background in computer programming, database concepts, and applied statistics, or who have professional experience in an information analysis role will be the most prepared to enter and successfully complete the program.

Requirements for Regular Admission
• Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
• Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Graduate Record Examination general test section (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, or waiver form
• Completion of any remedial course work that may be specified by the department. Students seeking regular admission to the program are expected to have completed (with a grade of B or better in each course) course work or have professional experience equivalent to the following UA Little Rock courses:

IFSC 2300 Object-Oriented Technology
IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
STAT 2350 Intro to Statistical Methods

For more information, please contact Dr. Daniel Berleant at jdberleant@ualr.edu.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the four required core courses, students will choose five graduate level courses with particular emphasis placed on courses from Information Science, Technology Innovation, Computer Science, Business Information Systems, Statistics, and Systems Engineering. A limit of two courses may be selected from the Information Quality catalog.

Students will also complete a project or thesis. This must total at least 6 credit hours. The second digit of the course number gives the number of credits. See graduate catalog for official course descriptions. Students must divide the credits over two (or more) semesters. Trying to take all 6 credits in one semester is not permitted except under extenuating circumstances, which don’t happen very often.

Graduate Project Course Sections: IFSC 7186/7286/7386/7486/7586

Graduate Thesis Course Sections: IFSC 7198/7298/7398/7498/7598

Program Advisor

Dr. Daniel Berleant | Professor and Coordinator
Department of Information Science
501.569.3057 | jdberleant@ualr.edu | Department website

Accreditation

UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383