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Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to Syracuse University’s iSchool!

Information is part of everything today—and more precisely, every part of our society is being regularly transformed by information and technology, and they are now at the hub of all we do. They have changed the way we get to know each other, the way we interact, how we conduct business, and the means by which we manage politics and government. Even our family lives and social spheres have been affected by the way information and technology impact our lives. We’ve witnessed a pivoting in the ways the world works because of those changes.

The iSchool is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this transformation, to play a central role in how those changes affect what’s happening in society today, and to be an essential part of how information and technology will impact us in our tomorrows.  

The future for this School – and to those who come to study, learn, teach, and work here—is to play a central role in that transformation. Advances in research in Library Information Science, Applied Data Science, Information Systems, Information Management, Telecommunications and Networking, Human-Computer Interaction, Enterprise Data Systems and allied areas that are carried out by the faculty at the School will be essential to that equation. Our futures will not be addressed only by changes in technology, but also by how society understands, reacts to, and formulates responses based on the information it discovers, learns, and shares. 

The Syracuse University School of Information Studies is an innovative, exciting, inclusive community with an international reputation for excellence. It is ranked sixth in the world in the QS World University Rankings (2019). 

Undergraduate students will discover here the belief that this school has a unique opportunity to prepare young people to be the type of citizens our world needs for tomorrow – information and technology innovators that will bring society to new heights. 

As undergraduates here, students can be active participants in great classroom experiences with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning, internships, and research, including presenting at academic conferences and exploring entrepreneurial ideas in our campus innovation hub. 

Graduate students will find our professional programs invigorating. Our degree programs will not only help equip them tomorrow’s leaders with skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to deal with our rapidly changing society, but people who can use their scholarship to improve our world. 

Graduate students can study online or on campus in a range of domains. Master’s students work closely with faculty to learn high-demand skills to prepare them for roles in today’s global, knowledge-based economy. Both master’s and doctoral students conduct original research that shapes the future of the information field and its technological outgrowths, as well as how people, and society, use information. 

Please read on to learn more about what makes the Syracuse University iSchool such an interesting, collegial, and accepting place – and what fun it is to keep up with change that is occurring at a rapid pace. 

I invite you to come and be a part of this exciting journey – as I like to say, Fast Forward iSchool!

Rajiv Dewan


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