Library and Information Science, M.S.

The M.S. in L.I.S. is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). Two scheduling options are available to students pursuing the M.S. degree.

On-campus or Online

The on-campus option serves students who are in residence at Urbana-Champaign, as well as part-time, commuting students. The online scheduling option is an online education option that uses the Internet and other information technologies for delivery.

A thesis is not required but is available as an option. Students prepare for careers in all types of information organizations. Examples of the professional positions graduates hold include: Internet trainer, webmaster, and knowledge manager, as well as work in reference, automated systems, cataloging, youth services, school media, and other positions in public, academic, school, and special libraries.

On-campus or Online Thesis Option

IS 501Information Organization and Access4
IS 502Libraries, Information and Society4
Research/Project/Independent Study Hours (4 max applied toward degree)4
IS 599Thesis Research8
Total Hours40

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 28
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
The credit-no credit option can only be applied to courses taken outside the library and information science curriculum and courses taken with this option can't be applied to the degree.
Minimum GPA: 2.75

On-campus or Online Non-Thesis Option

IS 501Information Organization and Access4
IS 502Libraries, Information and Society4
Research/Project/Independent Study Hours (4 max applied toward degree)4
Total Hours40

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 28
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
The credit-no credit option can only be applied to courses taken outside the library and information science curriculum and courses taken with this option can't be applied to the degree.
Minimum GPA: 2.75