40 credit hours required for degree completion of Master of Science in Library and Information Science & Master of Science in Information Management.
On-Campus (MS and CAS) – Library and Information Science and Information Management
2016-2017 Tuition: students are assessed tuition in credit hour ranges and on a resident/non-resident basis.
Range I Resident (12 credit hours or more in fall and spring): $7,006
Range I Non-Resident (12 credit hours or more in the fall and spring): $12, 036
2016-2017 Fees*: students are assessed fees in credit hour ranges.
Range I Fees (residents and non-residents): $1,920
*These fees include use of the health and recreation facilities, health insurance and other campus services.
Online (MS and CAS) – Library and Information Science and Information Management
2016-2017 Tuition: students are assessed tuition per credit hour and on a resident/non-resident basis.
Resident Per Credit Hour Rate: $636/hour*
Non Resident Per Credit Hour Rate: $1,053/hour*
* These rates include a $50/per credit hour non-refundable administrative fee. Online students are not assessed campus fees, like health insurance, and therefore are not eligible for those services.
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*The MS/IM is a self-supporting program without state support, as defined by University policy, so students are not eligible for tuition-waiver-generating assistantships.
**Online students able to work on a regular basis in the Champaign-Urbana area are eligible for assistantships and grad hourly positions.
Financial Aid - Student Loans
U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizen students are eligible for student loans based on guidelines administered by the UI Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). Many jobs in LIS also qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. If you have received loans and then receive another form of funding (GA, RA, TA, hourly, fellowship, scholarship, etc.), contact OSFA immediately. Other awards will affect your loan amount, and you may be required to repay or relinquish loan-based funds if you receive other awards.
Graduate assistantships are through the iSchool, the University Library, and at many other units across the campus. Students in these positions receive both a monthly stipend and a base in-state tuition waiver. The majority of campus fees are also waived. Students in these positions work anywhere from 10-20 hours per week. Most appointments are for fall and spring only.
Graduate hourly positions are also available through the iSchool, the University Library, and many other units across campus. These appointments do not include the base in-state tuition or campus fee waivers.
Where do I look for grad hourly or assistantship positions?
We have consolidated School and campus position posting sites here.
How do I apply?
Applying for these positions is synonymous with applying for a job. Students should expect to submit application materials including a current resume and tailored cover letter. Specific requirements and submission information will be available with each open position advertisement.
iSchool Financial Support
Incoming MS/LIS and MS/IM students are evaluated through their application for funding for their first semester. Criteria that are considered include merit, need, and diversity.
The School offers small scholarships funded by donors to help supplement other funding sources (loans, assistantships, etc.) for MS/LIS and MS/IM students. Information about Fall 2017 scholarships for continuing students is available here. Applications for Fall 2017 scholarships are due by April 21, 2017. There will be no Summer 2017 scholarships available this year.
Fellowship opportunities are primarily awarded to PhD students and to other students on an available basis through external funding (e.g., grants). These include a tuition waiver and a scholarship on a per-semester basis.
Other Financial Opportunities
- The Graduate College at the University of Illinois maintains a list of external fellowships.
- Students are also encouraged to seek out professional organizations from which they could secure financial support.
- American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship Program – ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession. In addition to the scholarship from ALA, the School awards Spectrum scholars tuition waivers to cover the 40 credit hours of required coursework.
- The American Library Association publishes Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies, an "annual directory of awards from a variety of organizations."
- Washington Center - Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Master's Degree Fellowship Program – Fellowships support students pursuing a master's degree in an IT-related field to prepare for careers in the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service in which they will apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.
Questions about tuition and financial aid can be directed to mbedward [at] illinois.edu (Meg Edwards).