Information Studies, Master

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7248 USD/year
    Tuition fee
    3465 USD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #42 (WUR) ,
In the Master of Information Studies (MISt) degrees at SIS, an area of interest corresponds to a particular set of courses in which students gain specific skills and knowledge in areas relevant to their career, academic, and personal goals.


Students in the MISt programs build a course of study, in consultation with an academic advisor, based on one or more areas of interest or with a personalized combination of complementary courses.

The areas of interest described below are suggestions based on current course offerings. As the field of information studies is constantly evolving, course offerings change to address changing professional requirements.

All the cognate areas described below have two dimensions in common: a focus upon the interactions between people and information; and the application of information technology to facilitate these interactions. The emergence of the information age and the increasing role of information technology have created greater needs for expertise in transfer of information and knowledge.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Information Studies
  • Integrating Research and Practice
  • Organization of Information
  • Information System Design
  • Information Behaviour and Resources
  • Classification and Cataloguing
  • Metadata & Access
  • Research Principles and Analysis
  • History of Books and Printing
  • Library and Archival History

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score:
Recommended score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized university; academic standing of at least a B
  • English-language proficiency
  • Competency in the use of computers

After submitting the uApply application form, you will receive a Minerva account. Submit the following documenation electronically in Minerva:

  • Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended to date (excluding McGill). Uploaded copies will be considered as unofficial; final, official copies will be required once you are offered admission. These transcripts must indicate degree awarded. If credits related to a degree were transferred from a different institution, then transcripts must also be provided from that source.
  • References: Names and insitutional email addresses of two instructors who have taught you in your undergraduate or graduate academic program and are familiar with your academic work. The most current available academic references are preferred if possible. If your last degree was awarded more than 5 years ago, two non-academic letters of recommendation (e.g. employer, supervisor) are required in the place of academic references. The automated uApply system will contact your referees with instructions to upload references on your behalf. Please note that although you can list public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail on the application form, references uploaded from these addresses will not be accepted by the School. Therefore you must list a valid institutional or corporate email address for your referees. Any letters of recommendation not provided on institutional letterhead must be accompanied by an explanation.
  • A covering letter of intent of approximately 1 page, briefly outlining the reasons for wishing to undertake this program of study at McGill's School of Information Studies.
  • A curriculum vitae (resume).
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. When registering for the test please ensure that you request that results be sent directly to McGill University. McGill will then receive the results electronically, directly from the testing agency. (See Admission Requirements above.)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7248 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3465 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3465 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

Typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms*.


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