Non-degree Programs

Keep learning and advancing your career

As a library and information science professional, you know you have to keep learning to be successful in this dynamic and evolving field. The iSchool provides the opportunities for you to do just that. Through our non-degree programs, you can select graduate-level courses from our MS/LIS and MS/IM curricula to further your professional development.

We make it easy

You don't have to be formally admitted to the University of Illinois to take iSchool graduate courses, you just need to have earned a bachelor's degree. Our program allows you to experience our courses before you apply to our degree programs—and if you decide to join, you can apply up to 12 graduate credit hours toward our degree requirements.

Course registration and deadlines

If you are interested in receiving updates regarding course registration and deadlines via email, please subscribe to the iSchool Non-degree Programs listserv

Summer and Fall 2022 registration:

  • Registration for Summer 2022 semester opens on April 18 at 8:00 a.m. CT.
    Registration for Fall 2022 semester opens on July 13 at 8:00 a.m. CT.

How do I enroll as a non-degree seeking student?

  • Select a course from the list of available courses.
  • When registration opens, complete a Request to Enroll form.
  • If the course is available, you will be sent instructions to officially register.
  • Register and then await information regarding course logistics.
  • Start your work as a non-degree seeking student.

Big benefits

Whatever non-degree seeking path you choose, you will have access to:

  • World-renowned faculty
  • A cohort of talented peers
  • Exceptional campus resources
  • Online and on-campus course options
Amelia Kmiec

Attending the iSchool as a continuing education [non-degree] student has given me hope in uncertain times. I can learn invaluable knowledge from a stellar program, work with students and staff that have been in my chosen field, and directly apply my knowledge to the work I do every day.

Amelia Kmiec, Circulation Desk Associate, Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District

Support for your success

Our commitment to support each student is the same regardless of how many courses you've taken, what path you've chosen, and whether you have completed courses on campus or online. At the iSchool, you can be sure you will have the help you need to be successful. You can enroll in technology orientation workshops to learn to use the software tools needed for your courses, and you can reach our Help Desk as a first point of contact to answer your questions and provide access to the resources you need.

What does it cost?

CRN-based tuition rates (graduate)
Additional fees*
Paying your bill

*May include some of the following: AFMFA, general fee, service fee, health service fee, health insurance fee, library and information technology fee, transportation fee, and other student initiated fees.

Recent legislation (IL House Bill 234) amended the Illinois school code by adding a provision that, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, every public high school is required to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on media literacy. Our new Certificate in Teaching Media Literacy will provide 12 credits of online synchronous classes that will prepare you to teach the new media literacy instruction requirements. 

School librarian endorsements

Already have your Illinois teaching license? Want to expand your professional knowledge, lead your library, and create innovative learning environments for your students as a school librarian? You can do both by pursuing a School Librarian endorsement while you are earning your MS in Library and Information Science.

Do you have a teaching license? Do you want to use technology to encourage excellence in the instructional environment? A Technology Specialist (TS) endorsement can provide you with the opportunity to do just that.

Questions?

Contact Non-degree Programs