Leep Online Learning


Our popular Leep online option combines rigorous academics with the flexibility to take courses from anywhere in the world. Leep students engage with peers and faculty in real-time virtual classrooms and can pursue an MS/LIS degree as well as our Certificate of Advanced Study without having to move to campus.

In 1996 the Leep program was developed as a way to extend access to our nationally-ranked, professional master’s degree to those students who were not able to relocate to campus. We were among the pioneers in online LIS education, and have continually evolved the program’s structure and technology so our students receive an unparalleled education. In addition to the relationships formed through in-person and online interaction with their peers, students benefit from our strong advising program and supportive network of students, instructors, and alumni spanning across the country and globe.

At the beginning of the program, MS/LIS students travel to the University of Illinois campus for Welcome Weekend, a three-day orientation held on or about the fourth weekend of the fall or spring semester, at the iSchool. This period of face-to-face interactions is instrumental in building community while students are in school and beyond, providing opportunities for developing key relationships.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Leep requires applicants to meet the same admission criteria per degree or program.


Leep students pay full tuition charges at the in-state or out-of-state rates, depending on where they reside. Tuition for students in the Leep program is charged per credit hour. Detailed information about tuition and cost can be found on the CITL website.

Students budget for books and supplies, technology upgrades, transportation and housing for Leep Welcome Weekend, and internet access. Students are eligible for financial aid such as loans but not for graduate assistantships, which require on-campus residency.


MS/LIS students begin their Leep program with Leep Welcome Weekend, a three-day orientation to the School where students meet with faculty, attend workshops, and connect with fellow classmates.  

Campus Housing

Staff will reserve a block of rooms in local hotels. Students are required to make their own housing arrangements.

WISE Consortium

The iSchool is one of seventeen member schools offering distance education courses through the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium, a collaboration in online library and information science education that shares access to selected online courses offered by schools in the consortium. Member institutions use advanced technology as a means to enrich LIS education and foster relationships among students, faculty, and universities through course sharing. Each semester we select courses from WISE offerings to complement our courses. Our students can request permission to enroll in a WISE course on a space-available basis.

For More Information

Contact our admissions office with questions about the program or the admissions process at (800) 982-0914 or (217) 333-7197. If you’re ready to schedule a visit, let us know!