Students apply to the Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies through one of the named options:

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements


Minimum Credit Requirement 39 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 33 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement A minimum of 30 credits must be taken from graduate-level Information School M.A. coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide (

The remaining 9 credits of coursework must be 300 level or above and may not include iSchool undergraduate coursework.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements Within the student’s total program, one grade of BC or C is allowable in either a required or elective course if it is balanced by a grade of A or AB earned prior to or concurrently with the unsatisfactory grade. A second grade of BC or C or any grade of D or F will normally result in the student being dropped from the program.
Assessments and Examinations Candidates must complete a minimum of a 120-hour practicum, and must complete a portfolio.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required Courses

Select a Named Option for courses required.

Named Options

A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program. Named options appear on the transcript with degree conferral. Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies must select one of the following named options:

Students should refer to one of the named options for policy information:

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

  1. Demonstrate understanding of societal, legal, policy or ethical information issues.
  2. Apply principles of information organization.
  3. Apply appropriate research methodologies for inquiry or decision making.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of professional competencies important for management of information organizations.
  5. Demonstrate competency with information technologies important to the information professions.
  6. Apply theory to professional practice.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of issues surrounding marginalized communities and information.

For a complete faculty/staff directory see this website.


American Library Association Committee on Accreditation

Accreditation Status: Accredited. Next Accreditation Review: 2021.