Program overview
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates

University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Information School

About this program

MS in Information - Online

The MS Information provides master’s level education for adult students seeking entry into data/information management and some applied computing professions.  The MS-Information will give students the opportunity to obtain both the technical skills needed to understand information and data systems, and the critical thinking, design, and communications skills to govern and critique them. This degree is appropriate for students with or without a bachelor’s degree in computing or related fields.

The MS Information is aSTEM designated program with CIP code 11.0401 Information Science/Studies.

Students in this program are not eligible for teaching assistant, research assistant, or project assistant positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Admission requirements


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.


A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work) or a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required. Applicants from an international institution must demonstrate strong academic achievement comparable to a 3.00 for an undergraduate or master’s degree. The Graduate School will use your institution’s grading scale. Do not convert your grades to a 4.00 scale.

English Proficiency

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score. Your score is considered too old, and will not be accepted, if it is more than 2 years old from the start of your admission term.

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Program content

Required Courses

All students will take the following four courses for a total of 12 credits.

  1. LIS 705 Intro Analytics for Decision Making
  2. LIS 751 Relational Database Design
  3. LIS 615 Systems Analysis & Project Management
  4. LIS 732 Strategic Information Services

Ethics Course

All MS students must complete at least one ethics course for a minimum of 3 credits. Choose from:

  • LIS 461 Data & Algorithm: Ethics and Policy
  • LIS 661 Info Ethics


In addition to the courses listed above, students are required to complete an internship.


Students continue by completing one of three concentrations: User Experience Design; Data Analytics/Data Management; or Distributed.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Semester: $13,562
  • Year: $26,362

Please visit the university website for more information about further fees and living expenses.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Information School

The Information School is a department within the Computer, Data, and Information Sciences division on the UW-Madison campus. The mission of the Information School of the University of Wisconsin‑Madison is to educate responsible leaders, critical thinkers, and creative innovators in...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison - The Information School

Helen C. White Hall
600 N Park St #4217
53706 Madison Wisconsin
United States of America

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