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Coordinates: 37°52′16.77″N 122°15′30.71″W / 37.871325°N 122.2585306°W / 37.871325; -122.2585306

University of California, Berkeley School of Information
Established 1994[1]
Type Public Professional School
Dean AnnaLee Saxenian
Location Berkeley, California, USA

The UC Berkeley School of Information or the iSchool is a graduate school offering both a professional master's degree and a research-oriented Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley. The school was created in 1994 and was known as the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) until 2006. Its roots trace back to UC Berkeley's School of Librarianship founded in the 1920s. The program is located in UC Berkeley's South Hall, near Sather Tower in the center of the UC Berkeley campus.




Master's program

The master's program is a 48 unit, two-year program designed to train students in the skills needed to succeed as information professionals. During the first year master's students are required to take courses in Information Organization and Retrieval, Distributed Computing Applications and Infrastructure, Social and Organizational Issues of Information, Information Law and Policy, and Analysis of Information Systems. During the second year master's students plan and execute, usually in small groups, final projects to obtain their degrees.

PhD program

The doctoral program is a research-oriented program in which the student chooses specific fields of specialization, prepares sufficiently in the literature and the research of those fields to pass written and oral examinations, and completes original research culminating in the written dissertation. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of a candidate's grasp of a broad field of learning and distinguished accomplishment in that field through contribution of an original piece of research revealing high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis.

The School of Information is problem-centric rather than discipline-centric, which means that doctoral students often vary widely in their research methodologies while sharing an interest in a common set of problems. These problems, broadly defined, concern the question of how people become informed.


South Hall

The School of Information is located in historic South Hall. Built in 1873, it is the oldest university building in California. South Hall is located in the heart of campus, near the Doe Library and the Campanile (also known as Sather Tower). It is known to have the smallest bear statue on the Berkeley campus. The small bear was added by Michael H. Casey, who did the ornamental castings for the restored facade in 1997 Helfland, Harvey (2001). The Campus Guides: University of California Berkeley. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 43. ISBN 1568982933.  .


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