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.

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.   

  • 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.

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 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?

How to apply:

 1.  Visit 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 10th 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 beginning in Fall 2018. Application materials can be obtained through this website by selecting the "Prospective Students" item.


Title Contact E-mail
Cohort Director Dr. Yvonne Chandler
Student Support Services Rachel Hall
Interim Department Chair Yunfei Du

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