Start with a strong foundation. Then make a difference.
Consistently ranked as the best program of its kind, the MS degree provides an exceptional professional education. Students gain the skills they need to creatively and effectively manage, analyze, and preserve information. Graduates go on to fill leadership positions in a variety of information settings, including public, academic, and school libraries, as well as healthcare, business, and science.
Coursework for the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MS/LIS) immerses students in a rich learning environment that provides a strong foundation in LIS theory and practice. After completing two required courses, students are encouraged to work with their advisor to customize their own program of study that supports their professional goals. Our faculty and staff encourage students to approach the program creatively, drawing upon their passions and skills in innovative ways that allow them to build a fulfilling career.
The MS/LIS requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including two required courses—LIS 501: Information Organization and Access and LIS 502: Libraries, Information, and Society—as well as electives chosen by the student.
The program may be completed on campus or online through our popular Leep online learning option, which combines rigorous academics with the flexibility to take courses from anywhere in the world. The only program of its kind, Leep engages students with peers and faculty in real-time virtual classrooms. The program begins with an on-campus orientation, where students meet faculty and staff and connect with fellow classmates.
Once students are admitted, they have the ability to enroll in courses using either option, depending on their needs. Administrative staff and advisors will work with students during registration to make sure they are able to enroll in the classes that best meet their needs for any given semester.
Our student services staff is strongly committed to supporting students throughout their time at our school, beginning with admissions counseling through career guidance and job placement.
Not only does our school offer the most prestigious master’s program in the country, but it is among the most affordable programs as well. We offer competitive funding packages in the form of assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and merit- and need-based tuition waivers.
The following chart compares the total tuition and fees (on-campus) for degree completion among the top five iSchools.
On-Campus MS LIS and MS LIS LEEP
Priority deadline for spring admission: October 15
Final application deadline: November 1
Last day to accept admission: December 1
Priority deadline for summer/fall admission: February 15
Final application deadline: March 15
Last day to accept admission: April 15
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials before or on the priority deadline in order to be considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships will be based on a holistic review of all submitted application materials. Scholarship offers will be made at the same time as the offer of admission. We will continue to accept applications until the final deadline date. To promote the academic success of incoming graduate students, we ask that all admitted students accept their admissions offer on or before the deadline listed.
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