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Begin your journey

At the iSchool, you’ll discover new opportunities and prepare for a successful career. You’ll learn from the best faculty, engage with the brightest students, and have meaningful experiences that you’ll never forget. Along the way, you’ll make connections that last a lifetime.

Laura Fruhauff

No other program of such high quality is as financially accessible as the iSchool, and the online courses do not prevent me from working or caring for family. I was worried at first that distance learning would not provide the best quality of instruction, but the iSchool has been the most ideal program, with courses that have been dynamic, engaging, and demanding. I feel like I am making the very best investment in my future.

Laura Fruhauff, MS/LIS student and scholarship recipient

Join our global alumni network

Our School has a strong network of more than 10,000 alumni who hold a variety of positions, such as information architect, academic librarian, data analyst, youth services librarian, digitization archivist, and user experience designer. Employers include:

  • Amazon
  • The American Library in Paris
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Boeing
  • Caterpillar
  • Deloitte
  • European University Institute
  • Facebook
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Intelligent Medical Objects
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • Library of Congress
  • New York Public Library
  • Pandora
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Spotify
  • Wayfair
  • and many more!

Connect with our Alumni Recruiter Network to learn more about the student experience and how a degree from the iSchool can lead to a rewarding career. Our alumni are eager to share their experiences with you. Complete an interest form to be paired with one of our alumni. (At this time, we are unable to pair students interested in our BS/IS program, but our staff will be happy to address any career questions.) 

Sanhita Dhamdhere

I decided to pursue my master's degree at the University of Illinois because of the course flexibility offered in the program and the numerous career opportunities available.

Sanhita Dhamdhere, MS/IM student and iSchool student ambassador

What can you do with an iSchool degree?

With few required courses and a variety of electives, our degrees can be customized to meet your unique career goals.

Hailley Fargo (MS/LIS '16) is the head of education and outreach services at the W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University.

Pujeethaa Jakka (MS/IM '19) is a data scientist at Pattern Computer Inc. working on high-dimensional data visualization.

Heather Campbell (MS/LIS '19) is a metadata management librarian at Iowa State University.

Katelin Deushane (MS/LIS '21) is a youth services librarian at Sarasota County (FL) Libraries.

Tanya Gupta (MS/IM '21) is a business technology solutions associate at ZS Associates.

Anthony Kwok (BS/IS '21) is a cyber security consulting analyst for Accenture LLC.

Eileen López (MS/LIS '20) is senior design researcher for Arity, a telematics and behavioral insights company.

Melissa Lydston (MS/LIS '15) is a librarian informationist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Bastian Sanchez (BS/IS '21) is a systems support engineer with Legwork in Seattle.

Kelly Schulz (MS/LIS '18) is the assistant archivist at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center.

Mansi Tripathi (MS/IM '20) is a senior data scientist at Target headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Undergraduates — Chart your unique path

Join our School as a transfer student or a first-time student. We provide the resources to help you easily begin the process of becoming an iSchool student and, along the way, provide personalized support to help you achieve your career goals. 

Visit us virtually and in person!

The iSchool offers many options for prospective undergraduate students to learn more about our undergraduate program. Join us for In-person and Virtual options.

We also look forward to visiting with prospective graduate students at virtual and on-campus graduate school fairs and conferences. Meet us at the following events:

  • Collegepond Global UniConnect Virtual Education Fair (September 29, virtual)
  • UIUC Graduate Fair (October 19, Illini Union)
  • I-74 Virtual Grad Fair (October 19, virtual)
  • Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Annual Conference (October 26-27, Temecula, CA)
  • LSA Grad School Fair (November 10, Michigan Union, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus)

Get the support you need

Our advisors are collaborators who will support you every step of the way. They will help you select the best courses for your program and goals, and they also will help you find opportunities outside the classroom to develop your skills and make professional connections that are valuable in the job market.

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The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a catalyst for people driven to change the world through learning and discovery.