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Information Studies and English Dual Degree

MSIS in Information Studies / MA in English

School of Information - Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Background | Admissions |  Requirements

Background

(Revised October 2019)

The School of Information (iSchool) and the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin offer a dual-degree program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree in English and the Master of Science in Information Studies (MSInfoStds) degree.

Students in the dual-degree program will be able to complete both degrees in three academic years, at least one semester less than it takes to complete the two degrees individually. The overall credit load in the dual-degree program will be reduced from 66 credit hours (30 English + 36 iSchool) to 60 credit hours (30 English, 30 iSchool) through the elimination of duplicative elective coursework. While a student may pursue any of the 15 fields of study available in the Department of English, some areas with particularly strong thematic and methodological overlap with the iSchool include:

  • Bibliography and Textual Criticism
  • Digital Literacies and Literatures
  • Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Women, Gender, and Literature

Admission to the Dual-Degree Program

Admissions requirements and deadlines.

The admissions committee of the iSchool and the admissions committee of the English Department will review the materials for admission to the respective degree programs. The Dual-Degree Graduate Advisor at the English Department and the Graduate Advisor at the iSchool will then consider applicants admitted to both programs for admission to the dual-degree program. Successful candidates will be recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School for admission to the dual-degree program. The Graduate School will notify the student of their admission to the dual-degree program.

Requirements for the Dual Degree

The dual-degree program will require completion of 30 hours in English and 30 hours in the iSchool.

All students in the INF/ENG dual-degree program must complete two required courses during the first three semesters of the program.  These include:

  1. ENG 384K Methods of Research
  2. INF 380E Perspectives on Information

The balance of coursework required for the two degrees will be comprised of electives which may be taken from the range of graduate courses offered at UT Austin. Students may take up to twelve (12) graduate credits OR up to nine (9) upper-division undergraduate credits at UT-Austin outside English and the iSchool with the permission of their advisors. No more than six (6) upper-division undergraduate credits may be from any one (1) department.  Students may not count any English or iSchool undergraduate courses toward the dual degree.  A student may also complete up to six (6) semester credit hours of Individual Studies without special permission. In accordance with Graduate School policy, in all cases, the program of work for each graduate degree will include at least 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in the major and at least 9 hours of supporting coursework.

In addition, students may choose one of three completion or capstone options at the end of their coursework: (1) a Master’s Report, (2) a Master’s Thesis, or (3) a Professional Experience and Project  (INF 388L) or Digital Studies Practicum (E 398D). The dual-degree Report option requires 60 hours of coursework, of which three are earned completing the Master’s Report. The dual-degree Thesis option requires 60 hours of coursework, of which six are earned in the thesis courses. The dual-degree PEP or DSP option requires 60 hours of coursework, of which three hours are earned completing a project work. The student will decide whether the “home” for the capstone will be English or the iSchool, the choice of which will define the requirements, and at least one faculty member from each unit will advise the final project as, for example, director and second reader. Each dual-degree student must demonstrate competence in the research skills appropriate to the student’s overall academic and career objectives and to the final Report, Thesis, or Professional Experience and Project.

Advising and Faculty Oversight

Advising in the dual-degree program will allow students flexibility and guidance. Every semester, each student must meet with the Dual-Degree Graduate Advisor from the English Department before registering for coursework to ensure that the student is taking the best selection of courses at the appropriate time. In addition, students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor within the iSchool.

The two degrees in this dual-degree program will be awarded simultaneously. If a dual-degree student does not complete the requirements of one degree but has completed and wants to receive the other, they must gain admission to the stand-alone degree program and complete the requirements of the stand-alone degree.

Financial Support

Financial support for dual-degree students is the same offered for single-program students in the individual programs. Dual degree applicants should refer to the English and Information Studies programs for more information.