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Master of Library and Information Science

Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Do you want to dive into the world of Library or Information Science, while being part of a department that is home to a breadth of knowledge on the entire field? Are you eager to specialize, or complete a dual IA degree that will keep your career options open? Indiana University may be great for you.




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About This Program

Students in this IA program pursue a wide range of career paths, and the SICE Career Services resource is available to help students and alumni on their path. Graduates have obtained jobs in art museums, national parks, top technology companies, and governmental organizations. Almost every industry today uses vast amounts of data, so the job opportunities and growth opportunities available to information architecture professionals are essentially limitless.

The Department of Information and Library Science aims to create professionals who are ethical, knowledgeable and have leadership skills. The world of information is changing quickly, and this program prepares students to work in that rapidly changing environment. The IA program focuses on creating and maintaining access to documents and studies the ways that people, information, and technology are linked.

The Department offers a wide range of courses so that whether a student wants to be a research librarian or manage troves of data for a startup, they can build the skills that they need at Indiana University.

MIS students must take four core classes: Introduction to Information Science, Database Design, Information Architecture, Human Computer Interaction, and Organizational Informatics (OR Systems Analysis and Design). They must also fulfill a three-credit programming requirement, and there are many options for this in and outside of the ILS department.

MLS students have three required core classes: User Services and Tools, Representation and Organization, and Perspectives on Leadership. They must also complete an internship.

Both Masters programs require 36 credit hours and digital literacy. After completing the core class requirements, students may choose from a rich array of elective classes, allowing them to build an IA class schedule that best serves their goals. To graduate, students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Indiana University offers a wide range of dual degree programs. Students can pursue a double MIS and MLS, or they can specialize their education by combining an information architecture degree with another, such as an MIS and Public Affairs, or Central Eurasian Studies.

The MLS is popularly paired with English, Law, History, or Public Affairs. The school also offers specializations. Within the MIS, students can specialize in Data Science, Digital Curation, Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Front End Development, Information Architecture, or Information Technology Leadership. Within the MLS, students can specialize in Archives and Records Management, Art Librarianship, Children’s and Young Adult Services, Data Science, Digital Curation, Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Information Architecture, Music Librarianship, or Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship.

Applications to the program are considered on a rolling basis. Applications are due January 1 and will be considered for both the Spring and Fall semester. Potential students must submit an online application, official transcripts from all colleges attended, three letters of reference, a resume, and an essay on their personal goals. Tuition and fees each semester total approximately $6,000 for Indiana residents and $18,000 for out of state residents.

About This School

Indiana University is the public university system of the state of Indiana, with more than 110,000 students enrolled across eight different campuses, each of which is an accredited institution. The two main campuses are located in Indianapolis and Bloomington. The system was established in 1820.

What I Will Learn

  • Human computer interaction
  • information architecture
  • information science
  • librarianship
  • knowledge management
  • database design
  • organizational informatics

Why We Recommend This IA School Program

Two degrees are better than one. Indiana University’s Master of Library and Information Science makes it easy to earn a master’s in both information science and library science. Students can also use the many options available under this program to create their ideal information architecture program and further their careers.

Course Requirements / Prerequisites

The school requires the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. If applicants have completed any graduate work, they need a minimum of a 3.2 GPA. If their GPA is lower, students may submit GRE scores.