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The requirements for completion of an MPS degree in Information Science are designed to give students exposure to a range of Information Science and provide the flexibility for students to combine Information Science with their individual career goals.

I. Credit Requirements

30 credits of courses at a 4000-level or higher, distributed as follows:

  • Information Science credits - at least 18 credits: At least 9 credits from the Human and Social Systems category, plus at least 9 credits from the Information Systems category (the MPS Courses page lists these by semester) 
  • Elective credits - no more than 9 credits: Please see the MPS Courses page for a list of the approved electives for each semester. Any electives not listed must have prior approval by the Director, who acts as faculty advisor for all MPS students.
  • MPS Project credits - between 3 or 6 credits: Either in the MPS Project (INFO 5900 & INFO 5901) or in the Digital Technology Practicum (INFO/NBA 6480)

II. Grade Requirements

  • Information Science and Elective courses: a minimum grade of C. Two of these credits may be taken as pass/fail (S/U).
  • MPS Project: a minimum grade of B.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

*For students who started Fall 2017 or earlier, please contact Graduate Coordinator Barb Warner at

Focus Areas

The following optional focus areas are available: UX Design & HCI, Data Science, Interactive Technologies, and Networks & Markets. We also welcome students to build any individual program of study that will help them meet their professional goals.

Practical Experience: The MPS Project

The MPS project is an important component of the program. For the project, students work in teams to extend and apply their Information Science skills. Their client maybe within Cornell or external to Cornell. A list of projects and clients is provided at the beginning of each semester for students to choose from. A typical project counts for three credits, which is the minimum required for graduation. Those three credits count toward the minimum of 15 Information Science credits. Some students choose to complete more than three credits, either by continuing their project for more than one semester or working on a different one.