Northern California Cohort


The University of North Texas - Department of Information Science (UNT/IS) is bringing its ALA-accredited Master’s degree program and popular online format to Northern California through the Northern California Cohort Program beginning Spring 2016.

You can earn your Master’s degree by attending two four day Web institutes in Emeryville, CA and complete the rest of your degree online! The onsite institute portion of the Master’s program includes an orientation, technology training, and instruction in the Master’s program core courses, as well as time to network with your Institute colleagues and faculty. The first Onsite Institute will be held January 13-16, 2017 and the second Institutue will be held May 27 - 28, 2017. 

  • UNT/IS is currently admitting students to begin study for the Master’s degree to be held in the Bay area for the 2017-2018 academic year. 
  • Students can apply for admission and begin study in the Spring, Fall or Summer semester.  
  • Each student receives individualized advising with Dr. Yvonne J. Chandler, a UNT/IS faculty member and Director of the Northern CA Cohort Program.
  • Nine semester hours of coursework from other graduate programs may be transferred with approval of academic advisor.

For a UNT Northern California Cohort Flyer, click here.

UNT/LIS Master’s Degree Program

The Master’s degree program prepares information professionals for work in a variety of roles and application settings, including various information agencies and all types of libraries. The program requires that all students complete 36 hours of coursework including nine hours of core courses. Students can complete their degree in two years when taking at least two courses per semester for six academic semesters.

You can earn your Master’s degree by participating in two four-day Onsite Institutes and complete the rest of your degree online! The Onsite Institute portion of the Master’s program includes an orientation, technology training, and instruction in the Master’s program core courses as well as time to socialize with Institute students and faculty. This group will form social bonds during the intensive Institute study that will continue and expand throughout the online portion of the program using a variety of communication tools. The University of North Texas is committed to this cohort approach as it provides the foundation for a vibrant learning community. 

Are You Ready to Apply?

The UNT Cohort learning approach helps you make connections with your colleagues and prepares you for your future as an information professional.  Apply now to the Northern California program beginning in Spring 2017. 

How to apply:

 1.   Go to the Admissions and Advising page on the UNT Department of Information Science webpage and follow step by step instructions on the Admission Process for the Department of Library and Information Sciences Master’s Program page. 

About UNT

Today UNT is one of the largest universities in Texas, enrolling more than 36,000 students. With a history that began more than 80 years ago, the Department of Information Science (IS) holds a prominant and venerable position at the University. The school’s mission is to prepare graduates for significant roles and leadership positions in an era when decisions regarding the selction, organization, and retrieval of information are of critical importance to society. Since 1965, the American Library Association has continuously accredited the Master’s program.

UNT/IS is ranked as one of the Best Graduate Schools for Library and Information Studies Programs by the U.S. News and World Report. The Health Librarianship program is ranked third in the nation, and the School Library Certification program is ranked 8th in the nation. Currently students can pursue the master’s degree by attending classes on campus, taking Web-based courses or a combination. 

The UNT/IS has an enrollment of about 1,000 students, and awards about 200 master’s degrees annually. Applications are now being accepted for admissions to the next cohort. Application materials can be obtained through this website by selecting the "Prospective Students" item.

Schedule of Courses

Spring 2017
  • INFO 5000 Introduction to the Information Professions
  • INFO 5600 Introduction to Information Access and Retrieval Services
Summer 2017
  • INFO 5200 Introduction to Information Organization
  • INFO 5300 Management of Information Agencies
Fall 2017
  • INFO 5814 Website Development
  • INFO 5080 Research Methods and Analysis
Spring 2018 through Fall 2018

18 hours of electives delivered via the web by UNT and following approved local programs (up to nine semester hours) to total 36 semester credit hours, in consultation with Academic Advisor  


Title Contact E-mail
Cohort Director Dr. Yvonne Chandler
On-site Coordinator Dr. Michele Villagran
Student Support Services Rachel Hall
Department Chair Dr. Suliman Hawamdeh

Additional contact information