Degree Programs


Take your career to the next level.

The innovative spirit of the iSchool is reflected in the design and delivery of our academic programs. Core courses provide a strong foundation for careers in LIS, and a broad array of electives allows students to design their own programs of study across all of our degrees. Our students also enjoy flexibility in course scheduling options. For the MS/LIS and CAS, you may enroll full time or part time and take courses on campus, through our Leep online learning option, or a combination of both.

Master of Science (MS)

Master of Science in Library and Information Science
Consistently ranked as the best program of its kind, the MS/LIS 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.

The program requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including two required courses: LIS 501: Information Organization and Access and LIS 502: Libraries, Information, and Society.

Master of Science in Information Management
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. Increasingly, organizations of all kinds rely on the strategic use of information to create solutions to society’s most pressing challenges. MS/IM graduates are poised to lead the way in wielding the world’s growing information resources for the greater good.

The program requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including three required courses: LIS 542: Data, Statistical Models and Information; LIS 543: Sociotechnical Information Systems; and LIS 561: Information Modeling.

Master of Science in Bioinformatics
The iSchool offers a concentration within the campus-wide MS in Bioinformatics program, preparing students for careers managing biological information. The School is one of five departments on campus offering this interdisciplinary degree, and students are encouraged to take courses across departments to broaden their expertise and experience in the field.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Certificate of Advanced Study
The CAS program is designed for professionals who want to update their skills or pursue post-graduate work in a specific area of concentration. Open to those who already hold a master’s degree, the program requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including the CAS project and an oral examination.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries
Students pursuing the CAS-DL will develop an understanding of the unique issues surrounding digital libraries, including the skills needed to create and manage digital collections. The program requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including four required core classes.

Doctoral Program (PhD)

Our doctoral program is among the most prestigious in the nation. Our doctoral students come from a broad range of backgrounds that contribute to a collaborative, vibrant, and innovative community of scholars who are at the forefront of the information revolution.

School Librarian Licensure

This program allows students to meet the requirements of the Master of Science in library and information science or the Certificate of Advanced Study while also pursuing the courses and training needed for licensure as a library information specialist in the state of Illinois.

Continuing Education

Every semester, we make courses available to information professionals who want to keep up with developments in the field, expand upon their knowledge, or learn something new.

Minor in Informatics

The iSchool offers courses in the undergraduate minor in informatics, administered by the Illinois Informatics Institute on campus.

“I chose the iSchool because it had all the things I was looking for: a collaborative environment, supportive faculty, and high standards of rigor.”
– Kirstin Phelps, PhD student