School of Information

University of California, Berkeley


The School of Information is a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. This requires the insights of scholars from diverse fields — information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy.

Roughly 120 graduate students and two dozen faculty members are based on the UC Berkeley campus, in UC Berkeley’s historic South Hall, with another 1100 students online. Together they form a multi-disciplinary collective of scholars and practitioners collaborating on initiatives at the intersection of people, information, and technology.

The I School offers three professional master’s degrees and an academic doctoral degree. The MIMS program trains students for careers as information professionals and emphasizes small classes and project-based learning. The MIDS program trains data scientists to manage and analyze the coming onslaught of big data, in a unique high-touch online degree. The MICS program prepares cybersecurity leaders with the technical skills and contextual knowledge necessary to develop solutions for complex cybersecurity challenges. The PhD program equips scholars to develop solutions and shape policies that influence how people seek, use, and share information.


The UC Berkeley School of Information was created in 1994 to address one of society’s most compelling challenges: enabling people to create, find, manipulate, share, store, and use information in myriad forms.

Originally known as the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS), this research-and-learning enterprise became the School of Information in 2006. The I School traces its roots to the 1920s, when UC Berkeley founded its School of Librarianship, ensuring universal access to information and educating "knowledge" professionals well before the age of the Internet. In 1976 the School of Librarianship became the School of Library and Information Studies. 

The I School proudly carries forward its library school heritage through its alumni, and through an enduring commitment to making information accessible, useful, and relevant.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program offered by the School of Information. However, undergraduate courses are offered on occasion. Consult the current semester's course schedule and these instructions for getting into I School classes for more information.

Graduate Programs

Information and Cybersecurity: MICS
Information and Data Science: MIDS
Information Management and Systems: MIMS
Information Science: PhD

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Data Science


Contact Information

School of Information

102 South Hall

Phone: 510-642-1464

Fax: 510-642-5814

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Senior Director of Student Affairs

Siu Yung Wong

Senior Director of Admissions

Julia Sprague

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