Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture


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Interested in developing or enriching your career skills in information architecture?

The Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture is a 15-credit, graduate-level program designed to equip students and working professionals with specialized training to enrich their current portfolio or to prepare for work in public and private sectors as information architects and information designers.

Courses focus on design and assessment of information systems, databases, websites, and interfaces. Techniques for data mining and issues related information security are also covered. All courses are offered on-site at McGill University. The program may be completed within two academic semesters (Fall/Winter), or to a maximum of three years. Both Fall and Winter entry is offered.

 

 

Admissions requirements

Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with academic standing of at least a B; English-language proficiency; competency in the use of computers.

Courses & program requirements

Required courses (6 credits)

All students take the following 2 courses (6 credits):

  • GLIS 617 Information System Design 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GLIS 625 Information Architecture 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Complementary courses (9 credits)

3 courses (9 credits) chosen from:

  • GLIS 616 Information Retrieval 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GLIS 626 Usability Analysis&Assessment 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GLIS 627 User-Centered Design 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GLIS 629 Information Security 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GLIS 630 Data Mining 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GLIS 633 Multimedia Systems 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GLIS 634 Web System Design & Management 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • GLIS 657 Database Design & Development 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Typical path:

Fall semester Winter semester
  • 1 required course (GLIS 617: Information System Design)
  • 1-2* complementary course(s).
  • 1 required course (GLIS 625: Information Architecture)
  • 1-2* complementary course(s).
*Complete required courses plus 1 complementary course (3 credits) in one semester, 2 complementary courses (6 credits) in another. Total: 5 courses (15 credits).

Please note: Courses are generally offered in alternate semesters; check current availability of courses by semester by visiting the Minerva Dynamic Schedule or the SIS timetables page.

Other requirements

  • All 15 credits of coursework must be completed at the School of Information Studies; no transfer of credits from other units or institutions is available for this program.
  • Prior to program completion, students may be eligible, with successful program application and Director's approval, to transfer credits to another degree program at the School. However, on completion of the degree, credits may not, by University regulation, be transferred to another degree program.
  • Returning SIS students who have already completed a required course at the School are to contact the Graduate Program Director for more information. Please note that any special substitutions for returning SIS students are not guaranteed; permission for substitutions must be obtained from the Graduate Program Director at the time of admission.

All questions about academic requirements are to be directed to the Graduate Program Director. See contact information below.

Further information, including links to general university information and regulations may be found on the McGill eCalendar.

Student resources

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Find more information on student services and resources in the Students section of our site.

Contacts

For questions regarding Contact
Admissions and application process; course registration process; general administrative matters Ms. Kathryn Hubbard, Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator: admissions.sis [at] mcgill.ca
Program content and structure, academic matters Dr. Eun Park, Graduate Program Director : gpdm.sis [at] mcgill.ca