Future Students


Why the iSchool at Illinois?

  • Our graduates connect the people in a community, connect communities to the world, and play key roles in technological innovation.
  • The iSchool at Illinois is home to the top-ranked Library and Information Science degree program in the nation.
  • Our new Information Management degree program prepares students for information-intensive professions in a broad range of sectors.

We are always on the road at professional conferences and college fairs. We hope to see you soon! See our full schedule of upcoming events for prospective students.

If you have any questions about our degree programs, or would like to schedule a visit, please get in touch.

Degrees offered

square-bullet.png Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MS/LIS)

Our top-ranked MS/LIS program gives students the skills they need to creatively and effectively manage, analyze, and preserve information.

square-bullet.png Master of Science in Information Management (MS/IM)

Designed to meet the demand for a larger and better prepared information management workforce, the MS/IM prepares students for information-intensive professional roles in a broad range of sectors.

square-bullet.png Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

The CAS is available to those who hold a master's degree in library and information science and want to update their skills, gain greater specialization, or redirect their careers.

square-bullet.png Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our doctoral program offers the opportunity to work with faculty whose work defines the field, preparing students for vibrant research careers in a wide range of academic, business, and government settings.

Pursue your degree on campus or online

Leep_wordmark_green_1000pxwide.png?itok= For more than seventeen years, the iSchool has been at the cutting edge of online education in LIS. Since its beginning, our popular Leep online learning option for MS/LIS, CAS, and School Library Licensure students has been an innovative hybrid program that combines web-based education with brief periods of on-campus instruction. Leep students build a strong community and share knowledge with fellow students, both online and offline. An online learning option will be available for MS/IM students beginning in Spring 2017. We are always working to keep students connected to each other and equipped with top academic resources and classroom technology.

Be ready to make a difference

students-table.jpg?itok=X3RByr50 The workforce is evolving and students need skills that can directly translate to a rapidly shifting technological environment. The field of library and information science focuses on the intersection of people, information, and technology, and an iSchool education provides graduates with the knowledge and experience to make a real difference through their work. iSchool students receive a professional education from the top-ranked LIS school in the nation, with opportunities to specialize in a variety of professional areas. Our students learn from an internationally renowned faculty, gain experience in a variety of information service settings across the country through our practicum course, apply for hands-on assistantships within the nation's largest public university library, and connect with a vast alumni network who work for top corporations, libraries, research institutions, and technology developers.

Our graduates have job titles like...

Academic Librarian
Competitive Intelligence Analyst
Data Analyst

Information Architect
Library Director
Reference Librarian

Research Director
School Librarian
User Experience Designer
Web Developer

... and work in top organizations!

Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Public Library
Deloitte Consulting

Dow Chemical Company
Federal Reserve Banks
Library of Congress

New York Public Library
National Library of Medicine
Smithsonian Institution
W.W. Grainger
and many top universities

University of Illinois

girlsonquad_1.jpgThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is considered one of the finest universities in the world. With a wealth of resources, including the largest public university research library in the nation and highly ranked departments, Illinois has long been recognized for accomplishments in research and graduate education. The University is the second top destination for international students attending public universities in the US, according to the 2015 Open Doors report. In addition, our community has much to offer—including world class performing arts, live music, vibrant downtown areas, and Big Ten sports.

If you have specific questions, please contact us by telephone at (217) 333-7197 or (800) 982-0914 or via e-mail at ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu.