Programs of study

Master of Information Studies

Full-time or part-time students in the Master of Information Studies (MIS) degree complete 7 compulsory core courses in their first year of study plus a capstone experience course in their final semester.

The master's program offers three options to complete the 48 credits required for the MIS degree. The three options include a course-based option, a thesis option, and a co-op option. Please note that the co-op option is available to full time students only, and that there are a limited number of work placement spots available to SIS students each year. In all cases, a minimum of 25% of the courses must be completed in the second language.

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

For more information on the admission requirements for the MIS program, see MIS admissions, program requirements, and courses.

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


Graduate Diploma in Information Studies

The School of Information Studies also offers a Graduate Diploma in Information Studies (GDIS). This 15-credit program is intended for professionals who have already earned a master’s degree in library science or information studies, but who wish to assume greater administrative responsibilities or fill any gaps in their knowledge that may have arisen as a result of developments in the field. Students in the GDIS can custom-build their own program by choosing any five courses from among those on offer as part of the MIS. Faculty members will be pleased to help GDIS students design an individualized program that will help them to meet their personal career objectives. Students are responsible for having completed the prerequisites for the selected courses. No equivalencies are granted.

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

ÉSIS program objectives

On successful completion of the Master of Information Studies (MIS) program, students will have demonstrated, in both English and French, that they:

Knowledge Base

  • Understand the interrelationships between information policies and services and the social, political, economic, cultural, and technological context within which they operate.
  • Understand the concepts, theories, principles, and practices that underpin information policies, programs, and services, and their management.

Research and Evaluation Skills

  • Assess the appropriateness of research methodologies to questions under investigation, and evaluate research findings and applications for their relevance to the field.
  • Assess and evaluate information sources, technologies, policies, practices, and services for their effectiveness in meeting a diversity of program and user needs.

Planning and Problem Solving

  • Develop effective program and service plans, and devise solutions to problems encountered in the administration of information policies and in the management and delivery of information services.
  • Adapt existing and emerging information practices and technologies to meet evolving program and user needs.

Communication Skills

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in a professional environment using media, modes, and models appropriate to the content, audience, and objectives of the communications message.

Professional Values and Ethics

  • Understand the role that personal and professional values and ethics play in the formulation of information policies, the design and delivery of information services, and the advancement of the profession.
  • Recognize the value of the contributions that are made to the field through education, research, leadership, service, and continuous professional development.

Initiative, Teamwork, and Self-Assessment

  • Exercise initiative, and work effectively as an individual, in teams, and in partnerships.
  • Assess their personal strengths relative to the requirements of the profession.
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