This program does not directly admit students. It is a degree for students admitted into the PhD Information who leave the PhD program without fulfilling all the PhD requirements but who have completed all requirements for the Masters of Science: Research.
This master's program is offered for work leading to the Ph.D. Students may not apply directly for this named option, and should instead see the admissions information for the Ph.D.
Graduate School Resources
Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.
Named Option Requirements
MODE OF INSTRUCTION
|Face to Face||Evening/Weekend||Online||Hybrid||Accelerated|
|Minimum Credit Requirement||30 credits|
|Minimum Residence Credit Requirement||16 credits|
|Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement||15 credits must be graduate-level coursework. Details can be found in the Graduate School’s Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) policy (https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1244).|
|Overall Graduate GPA Requirement||3.00 GPA required. |
This program follows the Graduate School's GPA Requirement policy
|Other Grade Requirements||Within the student's total program, one grade of BC or C is allowable in either a required or elective course if it is balanced by a grade of A or AB earned either prior to or concurrently with the unsatisfactory grade. Students receiving a BC or C move into probationary status. A second grade of BC or C or any grade of D or F will normally result in the student being dropped from the program. In addition, a student's graduate-program cumulative grade point average must be maintained at 3.00 or above.|
|Assessments and Examinations||No formal examination is required.|
Students in the MS Information Research Option must complete any 30 credits from the below list of approved courses.
|L I S 910||Smr-Research Design & Methodology for Library & Information Studies||3|
|L I S 925||Professional Writing and Reading (PWR) Seminar||1|
|L I S 931||Seminar in Information Policy, Management and Institutions||3|
|L I S 940||Seminar in Information Use and Users in Context||3|
|L I S 950||Seminar in LIS Foundations: Histories, Philosophies and Debates||3|
|L I S 975||Seminar in Information Organization and Access||3|
|L I S 603||Research and Assessment for Information Professionals||3|
|COM ARTS 762||Communication Research Methods||3|
|JOURN 658||Communication Research Methods||4|
|L I S/COM ARTS 705||Introductory Analytics for Decision Making||3|
|STAT 371||Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 360||Statistics for Sociologists I||4|
|SOC 362||Statistics for Sociologists III||4|
|ED PSYCH 760||Statistical Methods Applied to Education I||3|
|ED PSYCH 761||Statistical Methods Applied to Education II||3|
|COMP SCI 319||Data Science Programming I for Research||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 365||Data Management for Social Science Research||3-4|
|L I S 768||Digital Humanities Analytics||3|
|ELPA 823||Data Management for Education Policy Analysis||3|
|ED PSYCH 551||Quantitative Ethnography||3|
|STAT 303||R for Statistics I||1|
|STAT 304||R for Statistics II||1|
|STAT 305||R for Statistics III||1|
|L I S 639||Pedagogical Theory and Practice for Information Professionals||3|
|CURRIC 818||Teaching Controversial Issues||3|
|CURRIC 844||Culturally Relevant Pedagogy||3|
|L I S/CURRIC 620||Field Project in Library and Information Agencies||3|
|L I S 999||Independent Reading and Research||1-4|
Graduate School Policies
The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.
NAMED OPTION-SPECIFIC POLICIES
Graduate Work from Other Institutions
The program will not accept credits taken outside of UW-Madison to be used toward the degree.
The program will allow up to 3 credits of approved MS Information or computer science coursework taken as an undergraduate to be counted toward the degree. The coursework must be from the approved MS curriculum or approved by an Information School advisor.
UW–Madison University Special
With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
Registration is not a guarantee of enrollment under conditions of unsatisfactory progress. Students who fall into unsatisfactory progress will have an academic hold placed on their record; they should discuss clearing the hold with their adviser.
- Good standing: progressing according to standards.
- Probation: not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; potential loss of scholarships.
- Unsatisfactory progress: not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence.
A student may be placed on probation or suspended from the Graduate School for low grades or for failing to resolve incompletes in a timely fashion. In special cases the Graduate School permits students who do not meet these minimum standards to continue on probation upon recommendation and support of their advisor. See iSchool Student Handbook.
ADVISOR / COMMITTEE
All continuing students are required to meet with the staff advisor prior to registering for each semester in order to remove registration holds and ensure timely progress towards degree completion. Students may switch advisors at any time by completing a change of advisor form.
CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED
15 credits (however, 12 credits are highly encouraged)
The maximum period for completion of the M.S. (under special circumstances) is seven calendar years. Contact the department for more information.
This program follows the Graduate School's Time Limits policy.
GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS
These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:
- Bias or Hate Reporting
- Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures
- Hostile and Intimidating Behavior Policies and Procedures
- Dean of Students Office (for all students to seek grievance assistance and support)
- Employee Assistance (for personal counseling and workplace consultation around communication and conflict involving graduate assistants and other employees, post-doctoral students, faculty and staff)
- Employee Disability Resource Office (for qualified employees or applicants with disabilities to have equal employment opportunities)
- Graduate School (for informal advice at any level of review and for official appeals of program/departmental or school/college grievance decisions)
- Office of Compliance (for class harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence)
- Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (for conflicts involving students)
- Ombuds Office for Faculty and Staff (for employed graduate students and post-docs, as well as faculty and staff)
- Title IX (for concerns about discrimination)
Students should contact the department chair or program director with questions about grievances. They may also contact the L&S Academic Divisional Associate Deans, the L&S Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning Administration, or the L&S Director of Human Resources.
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