Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Information Science, IS, at the University of North Texas!

The IS Department is a part of the College of Information, which was formed in 2008. It became a member of the iSchools in 2009.

The Department of Information Science offers:

  • Programs at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels,
  • Programs that are nationally recognized,
  • The Master of Science in Library Science, or Information Science program, accredited by the American Library Association,
  • The School Library Certification, currently ranked 10th in the nation, 
  • The Medical Informatics program, ranked seventh in the nation by U.S. News & World Report,
  • The nation’s largest PhD program in Information Science,
  • The Bachelor of Science in Information Science that is ranked as one of the best online programs in Information Technology, according to

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Information Science, BSIS

The Bachelor of Science in Information Science at the University of North Texas is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge needed to build competencies in important and emerging areas such as information organization, information architecture, information seeking and use, health informatics, knowledge management, digital content and digital curation, and information systems.

Master of Science in Information Science, MS-IS, or Library Science, MS-LS

The master's degree is offered in a residential format in Denton, in an off-campus format in Houston, and through the department's online program. The master's program prepares information professionals for work in a variety of roles and application settings, including various information agencies and all types of libraries. In addition, the program prepares at a master's level individuals who wish to pursue study in the theoretical development of information science.

PhD in Information Science, IS PhD

The University of North Texas Information Science PhD Program, IS PhD Program, responds to the varied and changing needs of an information age, and to the increasing recognition of the central role of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic and cultural affairs. Graduates of the program are prepared to contribute to the advancement and evolution of the information society in a variety of roles and settings as administrators, researchers and educators.

Non-degree Certificate Programs

The department also offers certificate—non-degree—programs.

  • Certificates of Advanced Study are offered in Health Informatics and Rural Library Management.
  • Graduate Academic Certificates are offered in the following areas:
    • Advanced Management in Libraries and Information Agencies
    • Archival Management
    • Digital Content Management
    • Digital Curation and Data Management
    • Leadership in Professional Development in Technology for Schools
    • Rural Library Management
    • Storytelling  and Youth Services in Libraries 
    • Information Settings.