Master of Science in Information Science (MD/MSIS), Master of Science Library Science (MD/MSLS)

This study program provides students with an opportunity to pursue a dual degree in informatics or information and library science, or a third-year research experience with Duke faculty members involved in informatics research and applications within Duke’s clinical and research settings.

Students have several dual degree options: Fuqua School of Business Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCI); and, two degrees from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) and Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS). All degree programs require a research experience, which can be used to fulfill Duke’s third-year requirements for a research project and thesis.  Tuition must also be paid to the individual school as well as to Duke School of Medicine.  Tuition assistance programs may be available through the schools.

In addition to the dual degree programs, there is a number of Duke faculty members working on informatics research projects through the Duke Center for Health Informatics and the Division of Clinical Informatics within Community and Family Medicine, as well as other faculty who have a focus on informatics applications in clinical and research settings.  Students may identify mentors working on specific informatics issues and applications and design a project that provides exposure to informatics concepts as well as to the complex and rich variety of systems used within a health system and research enterprise.

Director: Megan Von Isenburg, MSLS
Master of Science of Information Science:

MS/MSIS The information science degree program is offered by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is designed to prepare students to contribute to the design, development, and maintenance of information systems and networks; to provide leadership in the development of new technologies and new applications relating to the delivery of information to users; and to demonstrate a theoretical knowledge of information science, including the theory of information storage and retrieval, systems science, and social, political, and ethical implications of information systems. Within this degree, students may develop their own specializations through their choice of courses. The master’s project is required for UNC graduation, but can be used to fulfill Duke’s third-year requirements for a research experience and thesis. All course work will be reviewed and approved by the student's UNC faculty advisor. Students may select a Duke mentor for their research. The program is usually two years long (4 academic semesters and one summer term). Tuition is paid to UNC directly, in addition to the Duke School of Medicine. Financial assistance is available and some students may be eligible for in-state tuition. 

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Master of Science in Library Science:

MD/MSLS The degree in library science is offered by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is designed to develop knowledge and skills around the development, management, and organization of information. Students graduating from this program would be able to assist in the development of information resources, the creation of databases, and the organization and management of information services, including libraries. The curriculum focuses around five functional areas: organization, collection and retrieval, information-related behavior, design and evaluation, and management. Students generally develop an area of concentration and select a number of advanced courses in that area. The master’s project is required for UNC graduation, but can be used to fulfill Duke’s third-year requirements for a research experience and thesis. All course work will be reviewed and approved by the student's UNC faculty advisor. Students may select a Duke mentor for their research. The program is usually two years long (4 academic semesters and one summer term). Tuition is paid to UNC directly, in addition to the Duke School of Medicine. Financial assistance is available and some students may be eligible for instate tuition. Contact for more information: Megan Von Isenburg, MSLS

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