On-Campus and Online MA in LIS

Join us at the iSchool for a progressive and challenging program. Accredited by the American Library Association since the inception of accreditation (1924), our program will support you in becoming an innovative information professional. The Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies can be completed either on campus or online.

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Program details

Concentrations within the LIS Masters

Our 36-credit program includes a minimal number of required courses, allowing students flexibility to pursue five different concentration areas including librarianship, digital archives, information technology and user experience, data/information management & analytics, and organization of information. 

Overview of MA Program Requirements

Both the on-campus and online master’s programs offer:

  • Small class sizes, accessible instructors, individual attention
  • Friendly, supportive, and collaborative community of learners
  • Flexibility in scheduling for full or part-time program of study
  • Preparation for a variety of information careers
  • Real world experience through a required practicum course
  • Highly regarded career services and professional placement rates

Features of the on-campus program

  • Mix courses from other internationally ranked UW-Madison departments into your iSchool degree (up to 9 credits) including computer science, education, psychology, and communications
  • Gain experience via student employment or internships in renowned libraries, archives, labs and technology projects while a student
  • Flexibility in course format — students may take either online or face-to-face courses. Please note: Students in the on-campus program should expect to take 2-3 online courses.
  • Participate in lively student organizations and community projects that enhance classroom learning and develop professional leadership skills

Features of the online program

  • Virtual orientation bootcamp prepares you to be an effective online learner and includes a thoughtful blend of live group sessions and solo activities
  • The required field-practicum can be completed wherever you live
  • Affordable tuition – comparable to Wisconsin resident graduate tuition per credit

What is online learning like?

Courses in the online program are delivered using cutting edge technology tools customized to course content and the instructor’s teaching style. Regular interaction occurs among students and instructors in weekly modules via interactive learning assignments, discussions, team projects and virtual meetings.

Online students may opt to concentrate in specific areas including type of library (Academic, Public, or Special) or follow a technology-focused course of study.  Please note that the Digital Archives concentration is not available online and the School Library Media specialization is only available to students residing or working in Wisconsin.  Not all courses in all concentration areas are available online.


ALA Accreditation

The MA in Library and Information Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Continued Accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for fall 2022.