Student Achievement Data

Indicators of student achievement in the MS/LIS degree program include retention rate, average time to degree completion, placement, and research accomplishments. 

Retention rate

Program Academic Year of Entry % Graduated
MS/LIS on campus 2012-2013 98.4%
  2013-2014 97.1%
  2014-2015 97.2%
  2015-2016 96.8%
  2016-2017 91.3%
  2017-2018 13.7%
MS/LIS online 2012-2013 93.1%
  2013-2014 89.9%
  2014-2015 90.3%
  2015-2016 86.4%
  2016-2017 71.2%
  2017-2018 17.3%

Average time to degree completion

Fiscal Year (FY) Modality Terms to Degree Approximate equivalent years
FY18

MS/LIS on campus

MS/LIS online

5.3

5.5

2.5

2.5-3

FY17

MS/LIS on campus

MS/LIS online

4.9

5.2

2-2.5

2.5

FY16

MS/LIS on campus

MS/LIS online

4.7

5.6

2-2.5

2.5-3

FY15

MS/LIS on campus

MS/LIS online

5.3

5.4

2-2.5

2.5

Data comes from http://dmi.illinois.edu/cp

Percentage of graduates holding positions relevant to the degree within 12 months of degree completion (may include further graduate study).

LIS Graduates 2014-2018

Since August 2014, the Illini Success initiative, implemented across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has gathered data about the post-graduation pursuits of degree recipients at the University. The project tells the Illinois story of graduate successes, demonstrating a wide variety of paths and destinations, with high quality information, updated annually. The majority of data came from a campus-wide survey, where graduates shared their post-graduation status at regular intervals for six months following their graduation. Data were also gathered from the National Student Clearinghouse, college reports, and a limited use of LinkedIn profiles. 

Analyses in this report were informed by standards and guidelines set by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 2012). Unless otherwise noted, findings are presented by unique graduates without duplication. 

The following snapshot reflect placement results for LIS Masters graduates from the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences between August 2014 and May 2015. Respondents had access to the survey for the six months following their graduation date.

Total number of graduates: 1,020
Total number of respondents: 634
Response rate: 62.16%

Graduates working full-time: 72.5%
Graduates working part-time: 13.1%

Average full-time salary: $48,239 (324 reporting)
Average signing bonus:  $4,556 (19 reporting)

Top employers
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 15+ graduates
Chicago Public Library: 5+ graduates
Northwestern University: 5+ graduates

Top titles
Librarian: 15+
Adult Services Librarian: 10+
Assistant Professor: 5+
Children’s Librarian: 5+
Librarian 1: 5+
Library Assistant: 5+
Reference Librarian: 5+
School Librarian: 5+
Teen Librarian: 5+
Youth Services Librarian: 5+

Top states where students are employed
Illinois: 55%
California: 3.1%
Missouri: 3.1%
Michigan: 2.8%
New York: 2.8%
Pennsylvania: 2.4%
Colorado: 2.1%
North Carolina 2.1%

Master's Student Showcase

The showcase provides an opportunity for MS/LIS, MS/IM, and CAS students to present projects, research, or other work of interest to the iSchool community in both a poster session and lightning talk format. It allows students to gain experience in developing poster and presentation content and to practice communicating the value of their work.

April 2016 Lightning Talks + Poster Session
April 2017 Lightning Talks + Poster Session