Master of Information Studies


Studying for a postgraduate qualification in Information Studies (IST) can be an important part of the professional development of an aspiring information manager.

A Master's degree is now the international standard qualification for an information professional, whether employed as a librarian, archivist, records manager, knowledge manager or web content manager.

To meet this growing demand in both private and public sectors, Victoria's School of Information Management offers the Master of Information Studies (MIS). As well as the MIS degree, there are 'stepping stone' options of a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

These programmes offer broadly-based qualifications for information professionals, with content and structure evolving to reflect the dynamic work environment of information and communication technologies.

All students cover the core body of knowledge required by the information professions, but they may select a programme that specialises in a preferred study or career path, as each qualification can be earned with a specialisation of either LIBS (library science) or ARCR (archives and records management).

Professional specialisation

The Master of Information Studies (with the LIBS specialisation) has been accepted for the purpose of registration by LIANZA.

Our programmes also have an international reputation, with Information Studies qualifications with the ARCR specialisation recognised by the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (formerly RMAA). In addition, the American Library Association (ALA) considers students with an Information Studies degree from New Zealand acceptable for employment in the United States.

Programme structure

The Information Studies Programmes offer flexible, professional postgraduate qualifications designed to equal the best offered in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Both the Certificate and the Diploma share some core courses with the Master of Information Studies (MIS), with similar requirements for Library Science (LIBS) or Archives and Records Management (ARCR) specialisations; these are carefully designed to meet the needs of all groups of graduates, and concern principles of information management common to both fields.

From 2015, the requirements for all three Information Studies qualifications were amended to include a more core courses. The changes provide extended coverage of key concepts and contexts for the Information Studies discipline, as well as increasing the coverage of the legal, policy, and ethical context in which professionals currently practice.

Students who began studying under previous statutes are covered by transitional arrangements. Existing PGCertIS and PGDipIS students may complete the certificate or diploma under the 2014 statute, providing that they do so by the end of 2016.  Existing MIS students may complete their degree under the 2014 statute, provided that they do so by the end of 2017.

Please contact the IST Programmes Director if you have any questions about how the changes will apply to your studies.

The requirements for the Master of Information Studies (180 points) are completion of INFO 520, 521, 522, 523, 527, 528 and INFO 580; plus four courses from INFO 525, 530-579.

  • For Master of Information Studies with LIBS specialisation, students must complete INFO 525 and INFO 542
  • For Master of Information Studies with ARCR specialisation students must complete INFO 534 and INFO 535

Students intending to complete the MIS over 3-4 years should consult with the Programmes Director as to an appropriate individual course of study. Students may substitute an elective course from another programme with approval from the Director.

Ongoing study opportunities

Learning does not come to a end at graduation, and professionals often need further professional development.

Most courses in the Information Studies Programmes are available as individual courses (certificate of proficiency) to information specialists with a degree who wish to update their professional knowledge or extend it into fresh areas of information management.

A certificate of proficiency provide an opportunity to enrol in individual courses to focus on a specific area.