University Of Washington School Of Information

The School of Information at the University of Washington is a globally recognized leader in data science and information research. Our interdisciplinary programs explore the intersection of technology, people, and society. From our origins as one of the first schools to offer an MS in library science, we’ve grown into a diverse group of faculty members who are dedicated to sharing their expertise with students from all over the world.

University Of Washington School Of Information

Information School

The University of Washington School of Information is a university-wide school that brings together faculty, staff and students from across the UW to perform research and innovation in information science. We have an interdisciplinary approach that includes scholars from fields as diverse as business, communications, education, law, medicine and social work. In addition to its research mission, the school also works to provide innovative educational programs for students seeking degrees in information studies or other related areas.

The School’s current focus areas are:

  • Information science & engineering (IS&E) – studies how systems interact with people using technologies such as computer networks;
  • Information policy & ethics – examines questions about access to information; who has control over it; whether or not it should be shared; what types of laws might help regulate behavior surrounding these issues; how we can ensure that everyone’s rights are protected online; etc.;
  • Information technology management (ITM) – focuses on how companies use technology within their organizations including software development processes like Agile practices or lean methodologies


The Master of Science in Information (MSi) is a 30-credit program providing students with an advanced degree focused on leadership, research and problem solving skills. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on the study of information systems as they relate to technology, business, policy and law.

While completing your MSi degree you may choose from one specialization:

  • Information Technology Management
  • Information Systems Management

People & Departments

Our faculty, staff and students work together to make the School of Information a vibrant community where we share our diverse perspectives. Our people are organized into five departments:

  • Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
  • Library & Information Science
  • Management & Marketing
  • Public Health Informatics (newly formed in Fall 2018)

In addition to our faculty, staff and students, there are several other groups that play key roles in our organization.

Research & Innovation

Research at the School of Information is diverse, ranging from the development of new technologies to help people with disabilities use computers to a study on how to improve information literacy. Faculty are currently researching topics such as:

  • The impact of information technology on society’s future
  • How we can better use mobile technology for learning and research
  • The role that libraries play in supporting student success

Initiatives include:

  • Leadership Competency Framework Project (LCFP) – an effort led by faculty members John Bohannon and Bill Cozzens to develop a framework that defines leadership competencies for academic librarians at all levels of experience and expertise, including administrative roles such as dean or director

News & Events

The School of Information is hosting a series of events that are open to the public. These include:

  • A talk by the dean on Tuesday, March 1
  • A panel discussion on Thursday, March 3

About & Contact Us

University of Washington School of Information

430 15th Avenue, NE – U-District Campus

Seattle, WA 98195-5030 USA

Phone: (206) 543-2020 or 1-(800)-543-2040 ext. 2020 (toll free in the U.S.)

Fax: (206) 543-1404 or 1-(800)-543-1404 ext. 1404 (toll free in the U.S.)


Our interdisciplinary programs explore the intersection of technology, people, and society.

Our interdisciplinary programs explore the intersection of technology, people, and society. We offer a wide range of programs that are designed to help you gain the skills you need to succeed in the workplace. Our programs are also designed to help you learn how to think critically and creatively.


Our interdisciplinary programs explore the intersection of technology, people, and society.

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