I School Online

UC Berkeley School of Information

Welcome to the UC Berkeley School of Information Online: vibrant, imaginative, and determined to transform the world using the power of information.

We are a community of scholars, practitioners, and students working together to advance knowledge everywhere people interact with information and digital technologies. We are committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy.

Always at the forefront of creativity and problem solving, the UC Berkeley School of Information has offered online programs since 2014. At the I School, online students become full members of our community and contribute to asking hard questions in order to find innovative solutions — from wherever they live.

“UC Berkeley is one of the top universities in the world, and it is absolutely a premiere institution for high-level teaching and high-level research. That’s what students really gain by taking courses with professors, the faculty, and the affiliates here. We are experts in each of our own areas, and we’re committed to not just going out and doing cutting-edge research, but being able to teach that — being able to convey that to others so they can go out and solve real problems.”

— Coye Cheshire, I School Professor

Explore Our Online Graduate Programs

Our online programs evoke curiosity, encourage imaginative thinking, and teach advanced technical skills. Students learn to design and build the information systems that will shape the way humans live and interact in the future.

Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS)

Learn to ask complex, relevant questions of data; use the latest tools and analytical methods to derive insights from complex and unstructured data; and drive solutions that have a real impact on society.

Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS)

Gain hands-on practical experience using secure systems and applications; develop an understanding of the legal requirements associated with cybersecurity; and learn to lead, manage, and contribute to building cybersecurity solutions.

Are You a Forward Thinker?

Learn more about our programs and join us in transforming the world using information.

Engage in a Unique Learning Experience

The online learning experience provides students with the opportunity to earn a UC Berkeley School of Information education from wherever they are.

The Virtual Campus hosts everything students need to succeed in one place. Students have one-click access to their live classes, upcoming assignments, grades, and faculty office hours. All resources are also available on a mobile app.

Live Online Classes on the Zoom HD video platform bring classmates and I School faculty face-to-face weekly. Students collaborate and participate in discussions using features such as document and video sharing, collaborative annotations, polling functionality, and small-group breakout rooms.

Immersive Course Work can be completed on students’ own time in between their weekly classes. All course work is designed specifically for the online learning environment by UC Berkeley I School faculty and world-class course developers. This content includes dynamic videos, interactive case studies, self-paced recorded lectures, and collaborative activities that foster teamwork.

In-Person Immersions are three- to four-day experiences that bring together classmates, instructors, and industry leaders to engage in discussions surrounding the future of the information field. In addition to forming closer connections with their peers, students have the opportunity to listen to groundbreaking presentations, network with professionals from top companies in the field, and participate in career advancement workshops. *Due to COVID-19, immersion experiences are currently being held virtually.

Learn more about the full student experience.

A Personalized Experience

Students have the ability to personalize the virtual campus and course work to align with their unique learning styles. Features that create an individualized learning experience include dark mode for studying at night, varying video speeds for watching asynchronous course content, closed captioning, searchable video transcripts, streaming capabilities for viewing on a larger screen, and a mobile application for learning on the go.

Student Support

Support begins the moment students request information about our programs and continues beyond graduation. Our admissions team answers program-related questions, provides guided tours of the online classroom, and hosts informational webinars on topics like financial aid and application tips. Once students are enrolled, they are assigned a success adviser and continue to receive academic, tech, and career support.

Join a Community of Aspiring Leaders in Information

Request more information to learn what it’s like to be a UC Berkeley School of Information student.

The I School Advantage

The UC Berkeley School of Information attracts the best and brightest minds from across the world. Through our programs’ interactive online platform and in-person experiences, students are presented with many opportunities to develop close relationships with faculty, classmates, I School alumni, and industry leaders.

Accessible Faculty

Our faculty consist of tenured professors, adjunct professors, leading industry practitioners, lecturers, and postdoctoral scholars who are dedicated to shaping the next generation of information trailblazers. Faculty members are committed to remaining accessible, sharing cutting-edge research, and instilling curiosity, drive, and an advanced skill set in their students.

A Diverse Network

The I School’s online students collaborate with classmates who come from diverse professional backgrounds and learn from many unique perspectives on the world of information. While enrolled and long after graduation, students have access to the renowned UC Berkeley global alumni network of talented data and information professionals.

Far-Reaching Resources

Our proximity to Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area gives students access to some of the brightest minds in information and tech. We are also home to the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) and support its mission of developing a deeper and broader understanding of information technology security. The CLTC supports extensive research and an open dialogue between interdisciplinary experts.

Personalized Career Support Services

Our career services team helps students apply what they have learned and maximize the value of their degree outside of the classroom. We provide one-on-one coaching to help students tailor their strategy at every step, including:

  • Forming career plans that help students reach their goals
  • Researching organizations that fit their vision
  • Developing plans to advance in their role at their current organization
  • Networking in their chosen field
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Conducting interview postmortems
  • Navigating the offer stage and negotiation process

Become Part of Our Ambitious Student Community

Our online master’s programs attract intelligent, creative information professionals who work for top companies in computer software, finance, and health care. Students learn alongside other professionals located all over the world who are balancing their course work with demanding careers and personal commitments.


“UC Berkeley offers incredible class diversity: Throughout the MIDS program, I worked with — and learned from — students located all over the world. My classmates also worked in fields vastly different from my own, which allowed me to gain perspective into areas well outside of my comfort and expertise.”

– Sombiri Enwemeka, engineering contractor, Long Beach, CA

Experience UC Berkeley, No Matter Where You Are

Since I School Online students attend classes and complete course work online, the program can be completed from anywhere in the world. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the UC Berkeley School of Information is at the forefront of innovation in the field of information, and our students gain connections to our vibrant network across the globe.

The map displays countries of residence for students enrolled in our online programs for the 2019–2020 academic year, including: Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Virgin Islands.

Admissions

We’re seeking applicants who can make a positive impact on the I School community and beyond. To complete an application, submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Statement of Purpose and additional admissions statements
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Application fee
  • Optional: GRE or GMAT scores
Learn more about admissions requirements.

The upcoming final application deadline is February 3.

Online Short Courses

In addition to our graduate programs, the I School offers online short courses that can be completed in six weeks.

These nontechnical short courses are designed to hone students’ understanding in an information focus area relevant to their careers and help prepare them to propel their organizations forward using today’s most in-demand tech skills.

At the end of each short course, students receive a certificate from the UC Berkeley School of Information.

Let’s Discover the Information Solutions of Tomorrow

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