The Professional School of the field offered by the Master's Program in Information Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico is distinguished by academically training professionals in tune with the new trends in the field of information and the demands of society. The program is accredited by the American Library Association. The curricular program has 36 credits, which includes a common trunk for:

  • two areas of emphasis: one in Library Science and Information Science and the other in Knowledge Management;
  • three cross-cutting approaches: evidence-based practice and problem-based learning; and, the Exploration of new information and communication technologies;
  • a component that is identified as "Capstone" (Seminar on the Integration of Knowledge and Competencies) under the direction of one or more physicians; Y,
  • the development of an electronic professional portfolio.

Since August 2011, students can choose one of these two study lanes (Library Science and Information Sciences and Knowledge Management), after having completed the core courses. Upon completion of their master's program, graduates will be able to perform in various contexts: libraries or other information units, both public and private sector, non-profit organizations, and / or consultancy level, in order to contribute to the economy, education and the development of the knowledge society, contributing to the sustainability of Puerto Rico or where they are finally located.


Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed the baccalaureate degree in any field or its equivalent with an academic index of 3.00, on a scale where 4 is the maximum.
    • Having taken the Graduate Admission Examination (EXADEP) with a minimum score of 500 points or an equivalent minimum score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
      • In relation to this requirement, results of exams taken up to five years before the date on which the application for admission is filed will be accepted.
      • Information about the EXADEP can be obtained by writing to Educational Testing Service, GPO Box 271, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936; or by telephone to the number 753-6363. Electronic address: http://www.ets.org
  • Submit two letters of recommendation with the form provided by the School.
  • Submit an essay in which the candidate demonstrates command of the language, critical thinking, ability to organize and express ideas clearly.
  • Have a command of the Spanish and English languages, since the classes are generally taught in Spanish, but most of the professional librarianship and information science literature is published in English and visiting professors give lectures in this language.
  • Show proficiency in writing and style skills.
  • Use of the computer and application of information technologies as a work tool.
  • Basic knowledge in statistics.

Students accepted to the program are responsible for mastering the aforementioned skills before beginning their courses.


Curriculum Sequence

Requirements by area of ​​emphasis: librarianship and information science (Total Credits: 36)

First semester

  • CINF 6705: Information, knowledge and society
  • CINF 6706: Research Methods in Information Sciences
  • CINF 6707: Information and knowledge technologies

Second semester

  • CINF 6708: Fundamentals of Information and Knowledge Organization
  • CINF 6806: Organization and Recovery of Information and Knowledge (Basic)
  • CINF 6807: Reference Products and Services

Third Semester (Choose 9 credits)

  • CINF 6808: User Studies and Information Needs
  • CINF 6809: Selection and Acquisition of Information and Knowledge Resources
  • CINF 6810: Organization and Information Recovery (Advanced)
  • CINF 6815: Information and Technology Competencies
  • CINF 6816: Information Services Administration

Fourth semester

  • CINF 6998: Research Seminar: Application of Knowledge
  • CINF: Elective
  • CINF: Elective

Electives

  • CINF 6017: School library programs integrated into the curriculum
  • CINF 6015: The public library: its clients and services
  • CINF 6105: Production and use of information in the humanities
  • CINF 6107: Production and use of information in the social sciences
  • CINF 6109: Production and use of information on the economy and trade
  • CINF 6110: Production and use of legal information
  • CINF 6118: Production and use of information in science and technology
  • CINF 6215: Introduction to the design of computerized databases
  • CINF 6416: The school library
  • CINF 6507: Preservation, preservation and restoration of documents
  • CINF 6800: Clinical Experience in Information Services

Curriculum sequence requirements by area of ​​emphasis: knowledge management (Total Credits: 36)

First semester

  • CINF 6705: Information, knowledge and society
  • CINF 6706: Research Methods in Information Sciences
  • CINF 6707: Information and knowledge technologies

Second semester

  • CINF 6708: Fundamentals of Information and Knowledge Organization
  • CINF 6905: Fundamentals and Applications of Knowledge Management
  • CINF 6906: Strategies, Innovations and Techniques for Knowledge Management

Third semester

  • CINF 6907: Generation of Knowledge, Communication and Organizational Learning
  • CINF 6908: Innovation Management: Idea to Implementation / Marketing Cycle
  • CINF: Elective

Fourth semester

  • CINF 6998: Research Seminar: Application of Knowledge (Capstone)
  • CINF: Elective
  • CINF: Elective

Highly recommended

  • CINF 6010: User studies and information needs
  • CINF 6100: Selection and acquisition of information resources
  • CINF 6005: Organization and retrieval of information (Advanced)
  • CINF 6016: Information and Technology Competencies

Electives

  • Web design and development
  • Knowledge Management in libraries
  • Knowledge Management in higher education
  • Communities of practice
  • Project management
  • Systems for managing documents and content in the company
  • Business process management


Admission Dates

In the Master's Program students are admitted to begin studies only during the month of August. For more information about the programs and to request admission to the School, please contact us.

Program taught in:
  • Spanish

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