Mission and Goals


As scholars and educators in information science, we focus on the intersection of people, information and technology. Through systematic, innovative and impactful research, we advance the knowledge and practice of information management, access and use. We create exceptional learning opportunities and collaborate with our diverse local and global communities to transform the information world. This mission supports and advances the missions of the State University of New York, the University at Buffalo, and the Graduate School of Education.

Goals of MS Programs

  1. Graduates demonstrate a theoretical and conceptual understanding of information science, including the representation, organization, retrieval, dissemination, use and curation of information.
  2. Graduates are prepared to apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in a variety of information contexts.
  3. Graduates demonstrate professional competences, including leadership, critical and analytical thinking, research, communication, collaboration, cultural competence, reflective practice, and adherence to professional ethics.
  4. Graduates demonstrate values, attitudes and behaviors that are essential for information and library professionals, including a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Revised 3/28/2017; Approved 4/25/2017; Effective 8/28/2017; Revised 4/4/2018; Revised 10/4/2019; Revised 10/2/2020; Revised 1/29/2021; Confirmed 4/1/22; Revised 3/31/23; Confirmed 10/13/23