MLIS

Related Master's Degrees

The following is a comparison of degree programs offered at the iSchool and elsewhere at the University of Washington.
(Jump to information about the HCDE, MSIS and MSDS programs.)

Degree earned Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design (MHCI+D)
Career impact
Career possibilities • Information Architect
• User Experience Designer
• Data Visualization Specialist
• Systems Analyst
• Data Scientist
• Software Design Engineer
• Risk Consultant
• Web Computing Specialist
• Network Administrator
• Database Developer
• Cybersecurity Professional
• Project Manager
• Reference Librarian
• Youth Services Librarian
• Academic Librarian
• Archives and Special Collections Librarian
• Library Director
• Taxonomist
• Information Architect
• Content Strategist
• User Experience Researcher
• User Experience Designer
• Usability Researcher
• Interaction Designer
• Product Designer
• Developer
• Prototyper
• Project or Program Manager
• User Experience Manager
Focus • Information and information technologies management • Core areas of strength in digital youth, knowledge organization, information services, data science, information architecture, and user experience
• Choice of on-campus or online learning
• Law Librarianship program for students with a JD
• Usability and user research
• Design of interactive computing technologies
• Prototyping interactive digital systems
Capstone or thesis project • Capstone project
• Team-based project offers opportunity to work with outside sponsors
• Student-directed
• Research or design oriented
project
• Capstone project
• Team-based project offers opportunity to work with outside sponsors
• Student-directed
• Team-based project offers opportunity to work with outside sponsors
• Project forms the spine of studio work for first 3 quarters
• Culminates in a full time studio during final summer quarter
Internship • Full-time: Recommended
• Mid-career: Recommended
• Elective NA
Courses MSIM MLIS MHCI+D
Curriculum • Core courses plus specializations in:
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Science
  • User Experience
  • Information Consulting
  • Information Architecture
  • Information Security

• Culminates in Capstone project

• Core courses are foundational and theory-based
• Electives focus on areas of interest
• Culminates in Capstone project
• Prescribed sequence of core courses
• Electives from sponsoring departments and UW
• Culminates in a Capstone project
Instructional style • Lectures and project-based courses • Lectures and project-based courses • Design studio, lectures, individual, and group projects
• Tightly integrated, project-based curriculum
• Sequenced schedule
Number of credits by course type • Full-time Core: 21
• Full-time Electives: 44
• Mid-career Core: 16
• Mid-career Electives: 31
• Residential and Online:
  • Core: 29
  • Electives: 29
  • Capstone: 5

• Law: 43 credits

• Core: 28
• Electives: 9
• Capstone Project: 9
Course scheduling • Full-time Core: daytime; Electives: day and evening
• Mid-career Core: Friday evening and Saturday morning; Electives: other evenings
• Primarily daytime and online • Primarily daytime
UW affiliation MSIM MLIS MHCI+D
College / school / department / division • Information School (iSchool) • Information School (iSchool) • Graduate School interdisciplinary program
• Jointly sponsored by Colleges of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and the Information School
Faculty • Dedicated iSchool faculty plus external industry lecturers • Dedicated iSchool faculty plus external industry lecturers • Interdisciplinary faculty from CSE, HCDE, iSchool, division of Design, plus external industry lecturers
Facilities • iSchool classrooms
• Shared computing labs
• Group work spaces
• iSchool classrooms
• Shared computing labs
• Group work spaces
• Dedicated design studio for the cohort
Contacts • Sean McGann, MSIM Program Chair
• Jason Boyd, MSIM Academic Adviser
• Kari Brothers, iSchool Admissions Counselor
iask@uw.edu
Program website
• Jinha Lee, MLIS Program Chair
• Kari Brothers, iSchool Admissions Counselor
iask@uw.edu
Program website
• Linda Wagner, Program Director
• Eric Swangstu, MHCI+D Academic Adviser
mhcid@uw.edu
Program website
Time and money MSIM MLIS MHCI+D
Duration • Full-time: 2 years
• Mid-career: 2 years (Fri./Sat. courses)
• Residential: 2 years
• Online: 2.5-3 years
• Law: 1 year
• 1 year (4 quarters), full-time, immersive experience
• Students are members of a cohort of peers
Option for full-time work while in school • Full-time: No
• Mid-career: Yes
• Residential: No
• Online: Yes
• Law: No
• No
Application deadline • Full-time MSIM: January 15
• Mid-career MSIM: Rolling admissions
• Early decision: December 1>
• Priority deadline: February 1
• Final deadline: May 1
• January 12
Number of students accepted annually • Full-time: 70
• Mid-career: 35
• Residential and Law: 70-75
• Online: 75-80
• 30
Required number of credits • Full-time: 65
• Mid-career: 47
• Residential: 63
• Online: 63
• Law: 43
• 46
Approximate total tuition (subject to change and total credits taken) • Full-time: $49,725
• Mid-career: $35,955
• $765/credit (both programs)
• Residential and Online: $48,195
• Law: $32,895
• $765 / credit
• $45,770
• $995/credit
Financial aid, Funding and Assistantships • All applicants are eligible to receive a limited number of iSchool merit-based scholarships.
• U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA in order to receive federal loans.
• The iSchool typically hires 2-3 graduate assistants (GAs) each year.
• Occasionally tuition may be reduced through fellowships and teaching/research assistantships, which are offered by individual departments based on merit.
• All applicants are eligible to receive a limited number of iSchool merit-based scholarships.
• U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA in order to receive federal loans.
• The iSchool typically hires 2-3 graduate assistants (GAs) each year.
• Occasionally tuition may be reduced through fellowships and teaching/research assistantships, which are offered by individual departments based on merit.
• Occasionally tuition may be reduced through fellowships and teaching/research assistantships, which are offered by individual departments based on merit.
Degree earned Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS)
Career impact
Career possibilities • User Experience Designer
• User Researcher
• Information Architect
• Interaction Designer
• Product Designer
• Product Manager
• User Interface Developer
• Web Developer
• Business Analyst
• IT Project Manager
• IT Consultant
• Business Analyst
• Information Security Professional
• Entrepreneurship

• Business Analyst
• Data Analyst
• Data Architect
• Data Engineer
• Data Scientist
• Marketing Analyst
• Quantitative Analyst
• Researcher
• Statistician

Focus • User-centered research and design
• Use of communication, design, and visualization methods
• Design and prototyping of interactive products, services, platforms, and systems
• Applies to all domains, including technology and engineering
• Management of information technologies to solve complex business problems and take advantage of new business opportunities • Interdiscriplinary approach to manipulating large data sets, analyzing data, and communicating the results to a variety of stakeholders.
Capstone or thesis project • Capstone project
• Team-based project offers opportunity to work with outside sponsors
• Student-driven format and topic
• 1 credit planning course followed by a 4 credit studio course
• NA • Team-based project offers opportunity to work with outside sponsors
• Student-directed
• Research or design oriented, with a technical emphasis
Internship • Elective • NA NA
Courses HCDE MSIS MSDS
Curriculum • Individualized program
• Select core courses and electives in three specialized content areas:
  • Research
  • Design
  • Engineering

• Culminates in a Capstone project

• Lockstep curriculum
• Topics include data analysis, information security, data mining, and IT project management
• Core courses, partially sequenced
• Culminates in a capstone project
Instructional style • Project-based, lecture, and studio courses
• Core courses in sequenced format
• Flexible elective schedule
• Lecture, case study, and project based classes • World-class interdisciplinary expertise from 6 UW departments
• Team-based and individual projects and assignments building on technically rigorous material
Number of credits by course type • Core: 22
• Electives: 26
• Core: 40
• Electives: 4
• Core: 40
• Capstone: 5
Course scheduling • Primarily evening
• Each course meets one night/week
• Full-time or part-time students studying in the evening
• Monday and Wednesday evening and Saturday daytime • Evenings
UW affiliation HCDE MSIS MSDS
College / school / department / division • College of Engineering
• Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE)
• Students earn Engineering degree
• Foster School of Business • Graduate School interdisciplinary program
• Departments of Applied Mathematics, Biostatistics, Computer Science & Engineering, Human Centered Design & Engineering, Statistics, and the Information School, in partnership with the eScience Institute
Faculty • Interdisciplinary tenure track HCDE faculty plus outside industry lecturers • Dedicated Business School faculty plus external industry lecturers • Interdisciplinary tenure track faculty
Facilities • Design Lab with shared access for all HCDE students
• UW campus classrooms
• Foster Business Library
• Group work spaces
• UW campus classrooms
Contacts • Pat Reilly, Academic Services Manager, preilly@uw.edu
Program website
• Christina Rasor, Recruiting and Admissions Administrator
• msis@uw.edu
Program website
• Gary Winchester, Assistant Director of Student Services
• datasciencemasters@uw.edu
• Program website
Time and money HCDE MSIS MSDS
Duration • Self-paced, 5-9 quarters (1-3 academic years)
• Full-time and part-time students; many are working professionals
• 12 months • Full-time: 18 months (5 quarters)
Option for full-time work while in school • Yes • Yes • Yes
Application deadline • January 15 • February 1 • January 20
Number of students accepted annually • 75 • 40 • Unknown
Required number of credits • 48 • 44 • 45
Approximate total tuition (subject to change and total credits taken) • $34,992
• $729/credit
• $34,428
• Quarterly Tuition: $8,250
• $44,775
• $995/credit
Financial aid, Funding and Assistantships • Occasionally tuition may be reduced through fellowships and teaching/research assistantships, which are offered by individual departments based on merit. • Occasionally tuition may be reduced through fellowships and teaching/research assistantships, which are offered by individual departments based on merit. • Financial aid is not provided through this program, but UW Graduate Funding Information Service can help find funding.