Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the UC Berkeley School of Information, a graduate education and research community dedicated to deepening our understanding of the social and organizational, as well as the technical, aspects of information in all of its many forms — from text and images to video and new media.

Our faculty and doctoral students are engaged in research on the nature of information and our interactions with information, as well as in ways of making information more accessible, useful, and secure.  In our master's programs we are educating a new generation of data scientists and information professionals who will design the interfaces and tools for managing information in the 21st century.

The I School is the newest professional school on the UC Berkeley campus.  We take pride in offering a “boutique” program — focused on scholarly and educational excellence in leading edge information domains.  We are small enough for intense student engagement and teamwork, while remaining closely connected to the diverse academic strengths of UC Berkeley.

Our evolving curriculum enables I School students to pursue new insights and trends in technology and society.  We work closely with campus academic partners and cross-disciplinary initiatives, such as the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. Our approach to teaching and research is hands-on and multidisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of faculty from the social sciences, computer science, law, business, design, linguistics, and philosophy. Our graduate students are currently specializing in areas such as:

  • User-centered design
  • Information solutions for emerging markets
  • Information privacy and security
  • Social networking and media
  • Intellectual property rights

If you share our interest in understanding information, and our commitment to shaping information as a force for positive change in everything from science and business to education and culture, we invite you to take a closer look at the I School:  Explore our programs and our research.  Meet our people and investigate the in-demand career paths our graduates follow.  Join the conversation at an I School event or visit us in historic South Hall.  We look forward to meeting you.

Best regards,

AnnaLee Saxenian
AnnaLee Saxenian
Dean, School of Information