Course Requirements for the Ph.D., M.S. Programs

Information Science Core

All students are required to take designated Introductory Coursework, Programming Coursework, and Data Handling Coursework courses to complete the Information Science core foundation; this amounts to 18 semester hours (s.h.) of core courses for Ph.D. and M.S. students. Please note that required coursework from a certificate student's major program of study cannot be used to satisfy any of the course requirements for the certificate.


Core Courses (18 s.h. for Ph.D. and M.S)

Introductory Coursework (3 s.h.)

  • IGPI:5110  Introduction to Informatics

Programming Coursework (3 s.h.)

  • CS:3210  Programming Languages and Tools

Data Handling Coursework (12 s.h. for Ph.D. & M.S.) **


Text Retrieval  (3 s.h.) **

  • CS:4980  Topics in Computer Science 1 (Note: Determined on a case-by-case basis; check with your advisor prior to registering)
  • IGPI:6120  Natural Language Processing


Data Mining  (3 s.h.) **

  • IGPI:4480  Knowledge Discovery OR
  • CS:6421  Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining


Databases  (3 s.h.) **  

  • IGPI:6100  Database Management and Visualization OR
  • IGPI:4220  Advanced Database Management & Big Data OR
  • CS:4400  Database Systems


Probability & Statistics  (3 s.h.) **

  • IGPI:3120  Probability and Statistics
  • IGPI:5001 Introductory Methodology (Note: This is a 4 s.h. course)

** Ph.D. and M.S. students are required to take 3 s.h. of coursework in each of the four indicated sections.

Cognate Areas

Following is list of courses ordered by cognate area. M.S. and Ph.D. students should take 9 semester hours under a cognate area selected after careful consultation with their academic advisor. A custom cognate area may also be set up in conjuction with the advisor, with the approval of the subprogram chair and/or director.

Cognate Area Courses (3 s.h. each, unless otherwise noted)

College of Business

Management Sciences

  • MSCI:4280 Data Security
  • IGPI:7000 Management Sciences Topics (Note: Considered as cognates on a case-by-case basis as offered; check with IGPI office prior to registering.)

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Computer Science

CS:4000 and above will be considered as cognates on a case-by-case basis; check with your advisor prior to registering.  

Statistics & Actuarial Science

  • IGPI:3100  Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
  • IGPI:3101  Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II  
  • IGPI:3120  Probability and Statistics
  • IGPI:3200  Applied Linear Regression
  • IGPI:3510  Biostatistics
  • IGPI:4100  Mathematical Statistics I  
  • IGPI:4101  Mathematical Statistics II  
  • IGPI:5199  Applied Statistics I (4 s.h.)
  • IGPI:5400  Computing in Statistics

Communication Studies

  • COMM:5241  Theories of Mass Communication
  • COMM:6210  Health Communication
  • COMM:6220  Health Communication Campaigns
  • COMM:6340  Media and Modernity
  • COMM:6341  Topics in Mass Communication Scholarship: Critical Information Studies
  • COMM:6365  The Communication of Social Support
  • COMM:6371  Communication Theory
  • COMM:6376  Family Communication
  • COMM:6387  Communication, Cognition, and Emotion

Journalism and Mass Communications

  • JMC:3300  Foundations of the First Amendment
  • JMC:5240  Digital Strategic Communication
  • JMC:6210  Media Theory
  • JMC:6700  Approaches to Media Communication

Political Science

  • POLI:5000  Introduction to Political Analysis (4 s.h.)
  • POLI:5003  Intermediate Methodolgy (4 s.h.)
  • POLI:5700  Introduction to Formal Models in Political Science (4 s.h.)
  • POLI:7002  Topics in Methodology (repeatable, based on content)
  • POLI:7003  Advanced Methodology (4 s.h.)
  • POLI:7701  Dynamic Models of International Politics (2-4 s.h.)

May choose one of the following three courses:

  • POLI:5100  American Politics (4 s.h.)
  • POLI:5400  Comparative Politics (4 s.h.)
  • POLI:5500  International Politics (4 s.h.)

Graduate College

School of Library and Information Science

  • IGPI:5203 User Education: Multimedia
  • IGPI:5220  Principles of Public Health Informatics
  • SLIS:5900 Health Informatics I
  • IGPI:6220 Community Engagement
  • SLIS:6160 Search and Discovery
  • IGPI:6490 Information Policy and Ethics

Ph.D. Students

It is required that the student selects the remaining 45 semester hours of courses in consultation with his/her advisor to design a balanced program of study relevant to the student’s particular information science focus.  The courses listed under any of the cognate areas from the previous section are acceptable.

M.S. Students

The remaining 5 semester hours may be selected from the courses listed under any of the cognate areas from the previous section, or they may be selected from outside this list in consultation with the student’s advisor.