Master of Science in Library and Information Science

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. 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.

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

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