School of Information Sciences
The School of Information Sciences (the iSchool) at Pitt is a founding member of the “iSchool consortium,” a collective of information schools formally convened in 2005 and committed to advancing the field of information sciences. While the organization now numbers 52 member institutions globally, the iSchool at Pitt is distinguished by its four signature areas of research and education: big data, spatial information, information assurance, and Web science.
The iSchool offers a Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) and graduate programs in information science and technology, library and information science, and telecommunications and networking. Each of the school’s graduate programs offers a PhD and a master’s degree. Students at the iSchool benefit from the presence of four National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award-winning researchers in the iSchool faculty. Our graduate program in Library and Information Science (MLIS) is ranked in the Top 10 of Best Graduate Programs according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report and received continued accreditation status without condition through 2020 by the American Library Association (ALA). The Laboratory for Education and Research on Security Assured Information Systems (LERSAIS) at the iSchool has been designated a “Center of Academic Excellence and Research” by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
By exceeding its goal of raising $10 million during the Building Our Future Together campaign, the School of Information Sciences has obtained new resources for educating students to become leaders in the information professions.