Library and Information Science / Information Systems Dual Degree

Major: Library and Information Science
Degrees Awarded: Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) AND Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 63.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 11.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-3021; 15-1121

About the Program

The dual master's degree program, consisting of a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS), combines the Library and Information Science program's focus on selecting, organizing, managing and accessing information resources to meet user information needs with the MS in Information Systems program's skills in creating and managing the databases, interfaces, and information systems that connect users with the information they are seeking.

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the dual program are prepared to assume leadership and management positions designing, developing, and delivering innovative technological solutions to information problems in a variety of contexts; evaluating information services and products; and managing organizations that facilitate access to recorded knowledge. Students who pursue this path greatly increase their ability to compete in today's cutting-edge information marketplace, where the importance of digitized information resources and the needs of organizations and companies to provide networked access to these resources via intranet gateways and knowledge management systems is steadily increasing. Their preparation encompasses the knowledge and abilities required to:

  • Explain the foundational principles, professional ethics and values, and social context within which various information professionals work.
  • Design and deliver library and information services and/or products using appropriate resources in libraries, archives and/or other information organizations.
  • Analyze the structure, description, and bibliographic control of literatures.
  • Develop appropriate information-seeking strategies to select information resources for given audiences.
  • Retrieve information in various formats and from various technologies/platforms.
  • Communicate knowledge and skills related to accessing, evaluating and using information, information resources and/or information technology.
  • Manage information organizations using appropriate strategies and approaches.
  • Use a human-centered approach to analyze information needs and design solutions to meet those needs.
  • Lead or contribute substantially to a team in developing information technology products and services.
  • Evaluate, compare, and select from alternative and emerging information technologies.
  • Communicate with technical and non-technical audiences about information technology concepts and stakeholder needs.
  • Contribute substantially to an information technology plan for an organization.
  • Explain information technology uses, benefits, and ethical and global issues for individuals and organizations.

Dual Degree Opportunities

Graduate students already enrolled in a master's degree program at Drexel have the opportunity, through the dual master's program, to work simultaneously on two CCI master's degrees and to receive both upon graduation. To be eligible, graduate students must be currently working on their first CCI master's degree when requesting admission to the second CCI master's degree. They must obtain approval from the graduate advisors of both programs and work out a plan of study encompassing coursework and/or research (thesis) credits for both degrees. Please contact your advisor for more information on program requirements as some CCI master's degree combinations may require additional pre-requisites.

The dual master's student must complete the Change of Curriculum and Status form and obtain approvals from both graduate advisors. Final approval is granted by the Graduate College. The student is then registered in both majors simultaneously. Upon graduation, the student must file two Application for Degree forms.

Degree Requirements

MSLIS Required Courses
INFO 505Information Professions and Professionals3.0
INFO 506Users, Services, & Resources3.0
INFO 507Leading and Managing Information Organizations3.0
INFO 590Organization of Data and Information3.0
INFO 591Data and Digital Stewardship3.0
INFO 890Capstone Project3.0
MSIS Required Courses
INFO 532Software Development3.0
INFO 540Perspectives on Information Systems3.0
INFO 600Web Systems & Architecture3.0
INFO 605Database Management Systems3.0
INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0
INFO 620Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0
INFO 646Information Systems Management3.0
SE 627Requirements Engineering and Management3.0
SE 638Software Project Management3.0
Distribution Requirements
Completion of at least four of the following courses is required for the degree. Additional courses from this list may be taken as electives.12.0
Computer Science Foundations
Programming Foundations
Advanced Programming Techniques
Principles of Cybersecurity
Advanced Database Management
Analysis of Interactive Systems
Design of Interactive Systems
Content Representation
Social Network Analytics
Information Retrieval Systems
Information Visualization
Data Mining
Healthcare Informatics
Intro to Web Programming
Introduction to Data Analytics
Cross-platform Mobile Development
Information Forensics
Information Assurance
Managing Health Informatics Projects
Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation
Software Engineering Economics
Software Engineering Process
Free Electives *6.0
Total Credits63.0

* Courses in the distribution course set that students do not take to meet the distribution requirements may be taken as free electives.  All other master's level INFO courses may be taken as free electives.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
INFO 505Information Professions and Professionals3.0
INFO 532Software Development3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
INFO 506Users, Services, & Resources3.0
INFO 540Perspectives on Information Systems3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
INFO 507Leading and Managing Information Organizations3.0
INFO 605Database Management Systems3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
INFO 590Organization of Data and Information3.0
INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
INFO 591Data and Digital Stewardship3.0
INFO 600Web Systems & Architecture3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
INFO 620Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0
SE 627Requirements Engineering and Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
SE 638Software Project Management3.0
Distribution course3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
Distribution courses6.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 9
Distribution course3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 10
Distribution course3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 11
INFO 890Capstone Project3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 63.0


Drexel University Libraries

Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise, advancing the University’s academic mission through serving as educators, supporting education and research, collaborating with researchers, and fostering intentional learning outside of the classroom. Drexel University Libraries engages with Drexel communities through four physical locations, including W. W. Hagerty Library, Hahnemann Library, Queen Lane Library and the Library Learning Terrace, as well as a vibrant online presence which sees, on average, over 8,000 visits per day. In the W.W. Hagerty Library location, College of Computing & Informatics students have access to private study rooms and nearly half a million books, periodicals, DVDs, videos and University Archives. All fields of inquiry are covered, including: library and information science, computer science, software engineering, health informatics, information systems, and computing technology. Resources are available online at or in-person at W. W. Hagerty Library.

The Libraries also make available laptop and desktop PC and Mac computers, printers and scanners, spaces for quiet work or group projects and designated 24/7 spaces. Librarians and library staff—including a liaison librarian for computing and informatics—are available for individual research consultations and to answer questions about materials or services.


Located in Room 106 of the Rush Building, the College’s iCommons is an open lab and collaborative work environment for students. It features desktop computers, a wireless/laptop area, free black and white printing, more collaborative space for its students and a furnished common area. There is a fully equipped conference room for student use with a 42” display and videoconferencing capabilities. The iCommons provides technical support to students, faculty, and administrative staff. In addition, the staff provides audio-visual support for all presentation classrooms within the Rush Building. Use of the iCommons is reserved for all students taking CCI courses.

The computers for general use are Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX machines with appropriate applications which include the Microsoft Office suite, various database management systems, modeling tools, and statistical analysis software. Library related resources may be accessed at the iCommons and through the W.W. Hagerty Library. The College is a member of the Rational SEED Program which provides cutting-edge software development and project management software for usage in the iCommons and CCI classrooms. The College is also a member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance known also as “DreamSpark” that allows students free access to a wide array of Microsoft software titles and operating systems.

The iCommons, student labs, and classrooms have access to networked databases, print and file resources within the College, and the Internet via the University’s network. Email accounts, Internet and BannerWeb access are available through the Office of Information Resources and Technology.

Rush Building

The Rush Building houses classrooms, CCI administrative offices (academic advising, graduate admissions, faculty, etc.) and the iCommons computer lab (open to all CCI students). The building holds 6 classrooms equipped for audio-visual presentation. These rooms typically contain a networked PC, HD video player, ceiling mounted projectors, and other equipment for presentations and demonstrations. Four of these classrooms are fully equipped to function as laptop computing labs for networking, programming and database-related projects.

The Information Technology Laboratory, located in the Rush Building, consists of enterprise class information technology hardware that students would encounter in industry positions. The hardware includes 20 high powered workstations that are available to students and specialized networking lab simulation software. The hardware is networked and reconfigurable utilizing multiple virtual technologies as needed for the various classes the laboratory supports. In addition, a special system has been built into to the classroom to allow for conversion into a standard laptop computing lab utilizing motorized monitor lifts that allow the monitors and keyboards to recess into the desk.

University Crossings - Cyber Learning Center and Computer Lab

CCI also has classrooms, administrative office and faculty offices located in University Crossings, located at the corner of JFK Blvd. and Market Street. The building houses the Cyber Learning Center, a student computer lab, as well as several classrooms with video-conference enabled technology and media projection capabilities.

The Cyber Learning Center (CLC) provides consulting and other learning resources for students taking computer science classes. The CLC is staffed by graduate and undergraduate computer science students from the College of Computing & Informatics.

Both the CLC and UC Lab now serve as a central hub for small group work, student meetings, and TA assistance. The UC Lab is organized with desk space around the perimeter of the lab for individual or partner/pair-programmed student work, as well as with clusters of tables which can be connected as needed into pods to create workspaces for larger groups.

Research Laboratories

The College houses multiple research labs, led by CCI faculty, across Drexel’s main campus including: the Auerbach and Berger Families Cybersecurity Laboratory, Drexel Health and Risk Communication Lab, Socio-Technical Studies Group, Intelligent Information & Knowledge Computing Research Lab, Evidence-based Decision Making Lab, Applied Symbolic Computation Laboratory (ASYM), Geometric and Intelligent Computing Laboratory (GICL), High Performance Computing Laboratory (SPIRAL), Privacy, Security and Automation Laboratory (PSAL), Drexel Research on Play (RePlay) Laboratory, Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), Vision and Cognition Laboratory (VisCog) and the Vision and Graphics Laboratory. For more information on these laboratories, please visit the College’s research web page.

Alumni Garden

The Rush Building’s Alumni Garden provides additional collaborative space for students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Garden features wireless networking, tables with built-in power outlets, accessible covered patio and balconies and a bicycle rack. The Alumni Garden may be reserved for Drexel events.

3401 Market Street

3401 Market Street houses faculty offices and doctoral student workspaces. It also is home to College research groups such and University initiatives such as the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute. The Institute’s Auerbach and Berger Families Cybersecurity Laboratory serves as University’s first training facility dedicated to identifying challenges and discovering solutions in the areas of cyber infrastructure protection and incident response.

Library & Information Science Faculty

Denise E. Agosto, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). Professor. Information behavior, public libraries, gender, children, young adults, multicultural materials.
Chaomei Chen, PhD (University of Liverpool). Professor. Information visualization, visual analytics, knowledge domain visualization, network analysis and modeling, scientific discovery, science mapping, scientometrics, citation analysis, human-computer interaction.
Catherine D. Collins, MLIS (Indiana University). Associate Teaching Professor. Knowledge management, collection development, management of information organizations, information sources and services, international development.
Prudence W. Dalrymple, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Director, Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Research and Teaching Professor. User-centered information behaviors, particularly in the health arena, health informatics, evidence based practice, education for the information professions and evaluation, and translation of research into practice.
Susan Gasson, PhD (University of Warwick). Associate Professor. The co-design of business and IT-systems, distributed cognition & knowledge management in boundary-spanning groups, human-centered design, social informatics, online learning communities, grounded theory.
Jane Greenberg, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Alice B. Kroeger Professor. Metadata, ontological engineering, data science, knowledge organization, information retrieval
Michael Khoo, PhD (University of Colorado at Boulder). Assistant Teaching Professor. The understandings and practices that users bring to their interactions with information systems, with a focus on the evaluation of digital libraries and educational technologies.
Xia Lin, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Digital libraries, information visualization, visual interface design, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, object-oriented programming, information retrieval, information architecture, information-seeking behaviors in digital environments.
Gabriela Marcu, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Human-computer interaction, health informatics, action research, ethnography, user experience design, designing for social change, organizational information systems, ubiquitous computing, knowledge management.
Linda S. Marion, PhD (Drexel University). Teaching Professor. Formal and informal communication, bibliometric studies of scholarly communication, diffusion of information, information use in the social sciences, academic and public libraries, information science education.
Delia Neuman, PhD (The Ohio State University). Professor Emeritus. Learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design, the use of media for learning, and school library media.
Jung-ran Park, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Associate Professor. Knowledge organization and representation, metadata, computer-mediated communication, cross-cultural communication, multilingual information access.
Lori Richards, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Archives, digital curation, electronic records management, information technology and digital collections, cloud computing and record keeping, management of information organizations.
Deborah Turner, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information behavior/interaction, management of information institutions, orality and information.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information policy, ethics, government information.
Erija Yan, PhD (Indiana University). Assistant Professor. Network Science, information analysis and retrieval, scholarly communication methods and applications.
Valerie Ann Yonker, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Human service information systems, systems analysis and design, measurement in software evaluation, knowledge engineering.

Emeritus Faculty

Thomas A. Childers, PhD (Rutgers University). Professor Emeritus. Measurement, evaluation, and planning of information and library services, the effectiveness of information organizations.
David E. Fenske, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dean Emeritus and Professor. Digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management and information technologies.
John B. Hall, PhD (Florida State University). Professor Emeritus. Academic library service, library administration, organization of materials.
Katherine W. McCain, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Scholarly communication, information production and use in the research process, development and structure of scientific specialties, diffusion of innovation, bibliometrics, evaluation of information retrieval systems.
Howard D. White, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Professor Emeritus. Literature information systems, bibliometrics, research methods, collection development, online searching.
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