2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Information Studies

Portrait photograph of David Seaman

Raj M. Dewan, Dean

About the School

The Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) is a leader in the information field, advancing innovation in the digital age through our work at the intersection of business, technology, and society.

The iSchool became the original information school in the U.S. when it embraced information technology and the rise of the internet. Today, we offer an innovative curriculum that is continually updated to meet future industry trends and incorporate rapidly changing technologies.

Our faculty combine expertise in information systems, linguistics, computer science, library science, economics, education, business management, school media, digital literacy, management information systems, data science, enterprise and cloud computing, and communication. An active research community explores topics that reflect the faculty’s diverse intellectual backgrounds and interests.


Syracuse University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and all programs are registered with the New York State Education Department. The MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that has been dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation since 1919.

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science within Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) is accredited by the American Library Association. ALA accreditation indicates that the program has undergone a self-evaluation process, been reviewed by peers, and meets the standards established by the American Library Association and Committee on Accreditation.

The iSchool is also a registered Project Management Institute Education Provider, meaning that the school’s curriculum meets an international standard of best practice in the field of project management.

Vision and Values

The School of Information Studies, established in 1896 and renamed from the Original Information School in 1974, has a long tradition of leading innovation and change. Our ideals and values are the foundation for our success. To learn more, visit our website.

Graduate Education

At the School of Information Studies (iSchool), we view information as a resource that can and should be managed. We seek ways to use existing and emerging technologies to facilitate the efficient transfer of information from corporate files, libraries, or digital storage devices to the people and organizations needing it. As a professional school, the iSchool prepares graduates for careers as managers and information professionals who will oversee the development and use of this resource.

Information studies must also consider the rapid changes in computer and telecommunications technologies that have profoundly affected the way information is stored, processed, transmitted and consumed. And, because we believe that information is to be used, information studies must include aspects of the social sciences in order to temper technical knowledge with a thorough understanding of how people and organizations seek and use information.

The Syracuse University iSchool is committed to preparing technically sophisticated information managers who understand that information is an essential resource for people and organizations that must be used and managed effectively. As the first school in the country to offer a master’s degree in information management, Syracuse University is a leading center in defining both the theory and practice of information management.

Online Course Delivery

Since 1993, the Syracuse University iSchool has been offering high-quality graduate-level online learning opportunities to students around the world. Our online students represent a broad range of professional, cultural, and academic experiences.

Our online classes are the same ones offered to campus students, and are taught by the same iSchool faculty. And when online students graduate, they receive the same degree as our campus students. The only difference between the the online and campus programs is the way in which they’re delivered.

The iSchool has delivered online programs for decades, so we know how to fully support our online students with the resources they need - whether it’s what classes to take, making sure you graduate with the right experience, and even getting a job after graduation.
iSchool online students have full and direct access to academic advising support and career services just like our campus students.
All of our online programs feature:
  • Online Student Immersions. A weekend Immersion experience at Syracuse University will replace our week-long Summer Residency. Online students will be able to choose from three different weekends to immerse themselves in the campus iSchool culture and learn from the iSchool community in person.
  • Your own virtual campus. This will be your online hub to access and manage your coursework, enter live classes, view grades, keep track of your iSchool contacts - and more.
  • A combination of synchronous and asynchronous work. Our online classes will include weekly, face-to-face, live classes to create an engaging and exciting learning environment.
  • A quarterly structure. iSchool online classes will be offered in 4 12-week quarters, which includes 11 weeks of live online classes, throughout the year.
  • A mobile application. We understand that our online students are busy - so we will have our online classes available to you on-the-go.
Finally, our iSchool’s online students are a part of the extensive iSchool network of alumni and friends, which is invaluable to students and alumni throughout their professional development.

The School of Information Studies, established in 1896 and renamed from the Original Information School in 1974, has a long tradition of leading innovation and change. Our ideals and values are the foundation for our success. To learn more, visit our website.

iSchools Organization

We are a founding member of the iSchools Organization an educational organization consisting of deans from over 90 leading information schools across the globe who have joined together to build awareness of, support for, and involvement with the information field. The organization holds a yearly gathering, the iConference, to provide a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. 


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