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Graduate Programs

Graduates of the MIS program are prepared to take on many exciting career opportunities

Information is one of the most valuable assets in today’s organizations. ESIS provides innovative and interdisciplinary graduate programs that prepare you for a rewarding career as an information professional. Join the next generation of leaders in library and information management in a broad range of organizations, including academic institutions, public libraries, corporations, government agencies and cultural institutions.

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Master of Information Studies

The master's program offers three options to complete the 45 credits required for the MIS degree. In all cases, a minimum of 25% of the courses must be completed in the second language. Full-time or part-time students in MIS complete 6 compulsory core courses in their first year of study plus a capstone experience course in their final semester.

Graduates of the MIS program are prepared to take on many exciting career opportunities as librarians, information and records managers, digital curators, information architects, data analysts, library directors, metadata managers, privacy analysts, archivists and web content managers, to name just a few.

Get more information on the MIS program and admission requirements.

ÉSIS Program Objectives: Student Learning Outcomes

Program Performance and Student Achievement (2015-2020) (pdf, 462.66 KB)

You can add a specialization in Science, Society and Policy to your degree.



Master's with co-operative education (CO-OP)

Master's with co-operative education (CO-OP) 13 three-credit courses, an eight-month paid CO-OP placement

The CO-OP option and eight-month paid work placement are available to full-time students only. This program is competitive; there are a limited number of CO-OP work placement spots available to ÉSIS students each year.

The CO-OP program is administered by the University of Ottawa CO-OP Office. The application process requires students to apply in late September of their very first year of study. Because of this early timeline, admission is based on a student's uOttawa admission average to the MIS program. In addition, students must maintain a B+ average throughout their first semester of studies.

Applications for CO-OP are accepted on the CO-OP Navigator, which students access through uoZone, by September 30th of a student's first semester of study. The CO-OP Office holds information sessions in September, and students receive news of their acceptance into the program by the end of October of their first year of studies. Interviews are held January and February of their first year, and CO-OP work placements always take place between May and December following a student's first full year of study. Paid work placements may be either one eight-month placement, or two consecutive four-month placements.

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Master's with courses

Master's with courses 15 three-credit courses

Most full-time students complete between three and four courses per semester over two academic years, while part-time students typically follow one or two courses per semester over a longer period. Please note that there is a significantly reduced course offering in the summer semester. This option is attractive to students who choose to fill in specific knowledge gaps, or focus on a particular area of specialization within information science.

Master's with thesis

Master's with thesis 11 three-credit courses, directed thesis research and defence

One semester prior to beginning the thesis, students must register their topic and supervisor and submit a proposal. Students will seek out their own supervisor, and they are encouraged to consult with any faculty member for guidance. Depending on the topic, students may have one supervisor or multiple co-supervisors. We strongly encourage students who have an interest in research to pursue this option, and we would be delighted to discuss research possibilities and strategies with you.

Graduate Diploma in Information Management

Build on your education with this new graduate diploma. The 18-credit program is intended both for those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree wishing to enter a career in the field of records and information management, and for those already working in the field who wish to upgrade their qualifications.

Students in the program complete one compulsory course before taking an additional five elective courses to fulfill the 18 credits for the graduate diploma. The program is open to graduates in all disciplines and is offered on a full-time and part-time basis.

Get more information on the GDIM admission, program requirements and courses.

Specific requirements

Interdisciplinary PhD

The PhD program in Electronic Business is offered under the auspices of the Telfer School of Management, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Faculty of Arts (School of Information Studies). It is offered on a full-time basis in the following three fields: Electronic Business (e-Business), Electronic Technologies (e-Technologies) and Electronic Society (e-Society).

The ESIS faculty currently supervises PhD students in a variety of research areas, including open access government data, the transition to new business models for academic and scholarly publications, and information behaviors in social media.

Get more information on the PhD program in Electronic Business admission, program requirements and courses.

A Professional Degree for the Digital Age!
Information is one of the most valuable assets in today’s organizations.

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