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What will I learn?

The School of Information Studies, located in the Faculty of Arts, offers a graduate diploma in Information Studies and a Master of Information Studies (MIS).

Full-time or part-time students in the Master of Information Studies (MIS) degree complete seven compulsory core courses in their first year of study plus a capstone experience course in their final semester.

The master's program offers three options to complete the 48 units required for the MIS degree. The three options include a course-based option, a thesis option, and a co-op option. Please note that the co-op option is available to full time students only, and that there are a limited number of work placement spots available to SIS students each year. In all cases, a minimum of 25% of the courses must be completed in the second language.

Graduates of the MIS program are prepared to take on many exciting career opportunities as controlled vocabulary specialists, digital curators, information architects, knowledge management analysts, library directors, metadata managers, privacy analysts, records managers and web content managers, to name just a few.

Compulsory Courses (ISI):

ISI 5301 Information and Society

ISI 5302 Knowledge Organization

ISI 5303 Information Resource Management

ISI 5304 Information Resource Discovery

ISI 5305 Management Foundations for the Information Professional

ISI 5306 Information Professionals as Leaders

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$9,843.36 (US$ 7,701) per year
CAN $3,281.12 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 September 2021, 10 January 2022


University of Ottawa

75 Laurier Avenue East,


Ontario (ON),

K1N 6N5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hold an honours bachelor’s degree (4 years) with an average of 70%, or B (calculated using your last 20 courses). TOEFL (paper-based) 550, TOEFL (Internet-based) 79, IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual skills 5.0.

For international students

Admission to the graduate programs in Information Studies is governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies. Applicants must have a four year bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative average of 70% (B) calculated in accordance with graduate studies guidelines.

TOEFL Paper-based - 550; Computer-based - 213; Internet-based - 92-93

IELTS - 6.5

CAEL - 60

MELAB - 80


*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

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