Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences

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A top program at an affordable price.


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Six professional pathway options.

#1 Library & Information Science Program

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Consistently ranked as the best program of its kind, the MS/LIS—offered both online and on campus—provides an exceptional professional education. Students gain the skills they need to creatively and effectively manage, analyze, and preserve information. Graduates go on to fill leadership positions in a variety of information settings, including public, academic, and school libraries as well as healthcare, business, and science. 

Identify and Land Your Dream Job

With only two required courses, the curriculum is very flexible and can be customized based on career interests. Students work with professors and advisors to identify strengths and build the skills required to meet the needs of employers in that field. The MS/LIS helps you identify your dream job and then positions you for a successful career.

You have the opportunity to choose from six professional pathways at the intersection of people, information, and technology:

 

  • Archival and special collections
  • Youth and school librarianship
  • Information organization and management
  • Research and information services
  • Data and asset management
  • Knowledge management and competitive intelligence

 

What are the requirements for admission?

  • The MS/LIS program is flexible, and our application requirements are as well.
  • While a bachelor's degree is required, your degree can be in any discipline.
  • For those with a GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, GRE test scores are required.

How do I apply?

  • For Spring 2021 admission, applications are due by September 15, 2020.
  • For Fall 2021 admission, applications are due by December 1, 2020.
  • Visit the Graduate College's application page, review the information, and select the "Apply Now" button.

Where do students from this program get jobs?

  • Higher education institutions including Arizona State University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Iowa
  • Pre-K-12 schools including Gurnee School District 56 and Naperville North High School
  • Library, museums, and nonprofit organizations including the Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • Public libraries including North Riverside Public Library and Warren County Public Library District
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