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Information Science


Information science programs teach people about the collection, organization, and use of information in traditional and electronic formats.

Information science programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges and two-year schools offer associate degree programs in information science. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in information science. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in information science. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

In addition, many programs require you to apply for admission even after you've been admitted to the school. Typically you must complete introductory computer science courses as well as math and engineering courses before you are admitted.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in computer science or a similar field, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

It is common for employers to require you to have a bachelor's degree to gain entry-level work in the field.

Information science degrees are sometimes offered as part of an overall computer science program. Often they are combined with computer science into a single program.


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