At the iSchool, we are committed to supporting the financial needs of our students through an individualized funding approach that considers your unique situations and challenges.
The MS in information management (MS/IM) requires 40 credit hours of coursework and can be completed on campus or online in 12 months. However, in order to take full advantage of the rich curriculum and professional development opportunities offered by the program, students may choose a longer timeframe for degree completion.
Tuition & Fees
Please note that all tuition and fee rates are subject to change without notice.
Tuition for on-campus students is assessed in credit-hour ranges and on a resident/nonresident basis:
- Range I resident (12 credit hours or more in fall and spring): $7,006/semester
- Range I nonresident (12 credit hours or more in the fall and spring): $12,036/semester
Fees are assessed in-credit hour ranges:
- Range I Fees (residents and nonresidents): $2,111
Fees include health insurance and use of health and recreation facilities and other campus services.
Tuition for online students is assessed per credit hour and on a resident/nonresident basis:
- Resident rate: $636/credit hour
- Nonresident rate: $1,053/credit hour
Online students are not assessed campus fees, such as those for health insurance, and therefore are not eligible for campus services.
Types of Support Available and Eligibility
|Financial aid – Student loans||X||X|
|Graduate hourly positions||X||X**|
|iSchool financial support||X||X|
|Other financial opportunities||X||X|
*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.
In addition, University of Illinois staff waivers are unable to be used for the MS/IM degree due to its self-supporting status.
**Online students able to work on a regular basis in the Champaign-Urbana area are eligible for graduate hourly positions.
Financial Aid - Student Loans
U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizen students are eligible for student loans based on guidelines administered by the University’s 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 hourly positions are also available through the iSchool, University Library, and many other units across campus. These appointments do not include the base in-state tuition or campus fee waivers.
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 resumé and tailored cover letter. Specific requirements and submission information will be available with each position advertisement.
iSchool Financial Support
Incoming MS/IM students are evaluated through their application for funding for their first semester. Criteria that are considered include merit, need, and diversity.
The iSchool offers small scholarships funded by donors to help supplement other funding sources (loans, assistantships, etc.) for MS/IM students. Students have the opportunity each semester to submit an application for this type of scholarship support for the following semester.
Other Financial Opportunities
- The Graduate College at the University of Illinois maintains a list of external fellowships.
- Students are encouraged to seek out professional organizations from which they could secure financial support.
- 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.
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