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Information studies - Graduate studies

Information is one of the most valuable assets in today’s organizations. ESIS provides innovative and interdisciplinary graduate programs that prepare you for a rewarding career as an information professional. Join the next generation of leaders in library and information management in a broad range of organizations, including academic institutions, public libraries, corporations, government agencies and cultural institutions.

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.

Master of Information Studies

The master's program offers three options to complete the 45 credits required for the MIS degree. In all cases, a minimum of 25% of the courses must be completed in the second language. Full-time or part-time students in MIS complete 6 compulsory core courses in their first year of study plus a capstone experience course in their final semester.

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

Get more information on the MIS program and admission requirements.

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


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The School of Information Studies

Information is one of the most valuable assets in today’s organizations. The School of Information Studies offers innovative and interdisciplinary graduate programs that prepare you for a rewarding career as an information professional.
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Graduate Diploma in Information Management

Build on your education with this new graduate diploma. The 18-credit program is intended both for those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree wishing to enter a career in the field of records and information management, and for those already working in the field who wish to upgrade their qualifications.

Students in the program complete one compulsory course before taking an additional five elective courses to fulfill the 18 credits for the graduate diploma. The program is open to graduates in all disciplines and is offered on a full-time and part-time basis.

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

Interdisciplinary PhD

The PhD program in Digital Transformation and Innovation is offered under the auspices of the Telfer School of Management, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Faculty of Arts (School of Information Studies). It is offered on a full-time basis in the following three fields: Electronic Business (e-Business), Electronic Technologies (e-Technologies) and Electronic Society (e-Society).

The ESIS faculty currently supervises PhD students in a variety of research areas, including open access government data, the transition to new business models for academic and scholarly publications, and information behaviors in social media.

Get more information on the PhD program in Digital Transformation and Innovation admission, program requirements and courses.

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Graduate programs and opportunities

Distinguish your professional or academic profile at one of Canada’s top 10 research institutes. The University of Ottawa’s diverse range of programs allows you to choose a formula that improves your employment prospects and fits your lifestyle.
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School of Information Studies

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Tel.: 613-562-5130
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Graduate Studies

Desmarais Hall, room 8159
55 Laurier Avenue East
Tel.: 613-562-5439
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From 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 4 p.m.)