formerly MPA/MLIS

"The MLIS/MPA is a powerful combination! Both Government of Alberta departments I was involved with during the internship program wanted me to join their teams because of it."

Colleen Delany, MLIS/MPA 2012


The MI/MPA combined degree is a 3 year full-time course of study leading to the degrees Master of Information (MI) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). A total of 27 courses is needed to complete the MI/MPA program: 12 half-credit MI courses (36 credit hours) and 15 half-credit MPA courses (45 credit hours).

Possible careers

Chief information officers Government information policy analysts
Information systems consultants Information product and service managers
Librarians with a specialization in public
policy/public administration
Public sector managers


Separate application packages must be submitted to each department.
Students who apply for the combined MI/MPA program must meet the admissions standards of both programs.

Plan of study

INFO 0590.00
Practicum (optional, non-credit)
  MGMT 5000
Management Without Borders
INFO 5500
Information in Society
  PUAD 5100
Organizational Designs for Governance & Public Management
INFO 5515
Organization of Information
  PUAD 5120
Introduction to Public Policy
INFO 5530
Information Sources, Services & Retrieval
  PUAD 5130
Managerial Economics
INFO 5570
Organizational Management & Strategy
  PUAD 5131
Public Economics
INFO 5590
Information Management Systems
  PUAD 5140
Quantitative Methods for Public Sector Management
INFO 6540
Data Management
  PUAD 5250
Strategic Financial Accounting
Advanced technology requirement (choose one of the options below):   PUAD 5170
Public Sector Human Resources
INFO 6270
Introduction to Data Science
  PUAD 5180
Research Methods & Policy Analysis for the Public Sector
INFO 6513
Business Analytics and Data Visualization
  PUAD 6000
Ethics, Public Service, & Government
INFO 6550
Bibliometrics & Scholarly Communication
  PUAD 6855
Internship (or another PUAD elective)
INFO 6620
Web Design and Architecture
INFO 6681
Geospatial Information Management
INFO 6840
Content Management Systems
Five MI electives    
Four PUAD electives


  • Not all courses are offered every year. It is the students' responsibility to ensure they plan their schedule accordingly. Combined degree students are advised on an individual basis to assist with course selection.
  • View MI and MPA course descriptions and syllabi.
  • MGMT 5000: To be taken in the final year of the MI/MPA degree.
  • INFO 5570: To be taken in the final year of the MI/MPA degree.
  • INFO 0590 is optional.
  • PUAD 6855: PUAD 5201 and PUAD 5202 are required courses for entry into the internship (PUAD 6855) which takes place during the Spring/Summer term. Students will need to register for these courses during their first year of the MPA program.
  • Students may take electives outside SIM.
  • As indicated in section 5.1 of the Graduate Studies Calendar (under “Program Fee Programs”), combined degree students must register for REGN 9999 in every term to ensure fees are generated properly. This course is listed as “Registration Course-Graduate” in the Academic Timetable.

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