Information Science M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Information Science

Program Description

Information Science is an interdisciplinary program within the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. It brings together faculty, researchers and students who share an interest in studying digital information.

Information Science examines information systems in their social, cultural, economic, historical, legal, and political contexts. Computer science is an important part of the program, but the emphasis is on systems and their use, rather than on the technologies that underlie them.

Information Systems draws from Computer Science and Operations Research; Human Computer Interaction from Communication, Psychology, and Cognitive Studies; Social Studies of Computing from Science & Technology Studies, Law, and Economics, with many others.

The Information Science program is home to several large research groups, including the Human-Computer Interaction group, digital libraries research, and the ePrint arXiv.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 254-5347

522 Rhodes Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • cognition
  • human computer interaction
  • information science
  • information systems
  • social aspects of information


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: January 21

(Information Science is not offering admission for Spring 2024.)

Requirements Summary:

  • All Graduate School requirements
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • An Online Interview is required. Once the application is submitted applicants will receive a link to the interview and this must be submitted by the application deadline
  • The GRE test is not accepted
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement for all applicants. 

    Note: The MPS program requires the following minimum scores: 



Speaking: 24 or above


Reading: 20 or above


Listening: 15 or above


Writing: 20 or above

IELTS Academic


An overall band score of 7.0 or higher with a speaking section score of 8.0

Applications will not be reviewed if the minimums in all sections are not met for either the TOEFL or IELTS test.

Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  It is recommended English proficiency tests are taken and sent to the Graduate School no later than October 30 to meet the fall application deadline.  

Second choice field applications are not accepted.  Change of Program petitions are not accepted by the Information Science MPS program. 


Learning Outcomes