Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Resources for Applicants

As you are preparing in the final days before the December 15 PhD application deadline, you may find these resources about UMSI and our research helpful:

Our faculty:
Our research:
      View videos about specific research by faculty and students  
Our research projects:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PhD deadline is soon!

If you're planning to apply for the PhD, the deadline is December 15, 2012.

Please see the requirements for applications and how to apply online here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Connect with UMSI Event for Prospective Students!

We are hosting Connect with UMSI, an informative session for prospective Master's and Ph.D. students. This fall's event will be held on October 27th, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Rackham Graduate School which is right next to North Quad where the majority of UMSI classes are held.  Click here for more information and to RSVP.

UMSI's goal is to change the world through information, and our graduates are studying information in a variety of ways.

Our Master of Science in Information program includes students who are studying human-computer interaction, archives and preservation, information management, library and information science, information analysis and retrieval, and social computing.  

We also offer a new Master's program in Health Informatics, where students learn how information can improve health care.

Our Ph.D. students are working to better the field of information by working with top scholars to explore information through research.

To learn more, come to our Connect with UMSI session for prospective students: 

Saturday, October 27th


All sessions at Rackham Graduate School

Find more information and RSVP at

We look forward to seeing you there and please contact Alissa ( with any questions!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Masters or PhD?

As some students are thinking about graduate school, they have to decide if they are going to apply for a Master's program, or a PhD program. This can be a really tough decision if you aren't sure which one will be the best fit for you. Here at UMSI, there are some major differences between our Master's and PhD programs. Our Master's program is a professional degree, training you to be a leading information professional when you graduate. On the other hand, the PhD program is focused more on research, and training you to create new knowledge in the information field. Deciding which will be the best fit is really a pretty personal choice. I think the best way to get started if both options are really appealing to you, would be to talk to the offices here at UMSI to begin to learn more. You can contact, and we can help you evaluate your situation. We can also connect you to some current students who could share a little bit about what their own experiences have been in each program. Finally, I also think that a good approach to deciding which program might be the best fit for you is thinking about the career goals that you have. You can see some great examples of what a lot of our Master's students have gone on to do on our Web site. There are some examples of PhD grads there as well, but in general, most of the PhD grads are going on to faculty positions.

A common question that I get asked is whether the Master's program will help train a student to get into the PhD program. In general, our program is not designed to be a direct feeder into the PhD program. However, there are some great opportunities in the Master's program to prepare yourself for a PhD program if that is your personal goal. For example, we have a great commitment to research at our School. All of our faculty are engaged in some form of research, and they are very excited about having Master's students participate with their work. We encourage Master's students who would like an opportunity to try out a research environment to go online and read through the faculty research interests to see where there might be a good fit. Once a student identifies some faculty where the research is interesting to them, then they could begin the process of getting to know that faculty member better, and potentially getting involved in their research. One common way that students connect to research projects is by taking classes from the faculty whose work is interesting to them. Doing well in the class and going to office hours is a great way to build a connection with that faculty member. In addition, for students who do find that they really want to participate in research, we do offer a Master's Thesis option. Again, this is completely optional, but it can be a good way to build up your resume, and get a deeper research experience, if you are thinking about doing a PhD.

If deciding whether you are going to apply for the Master’s or the PhD program here at the School of Information is a question on your mind, please feel free to contact us!