Prospective Students

If you are wondering whether the iSchool is right for you, here are the resources that can help you.

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Selecting just the right program is a big deal. We’d love to hear from you to answer your questions and share what we have to offer.

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From professional development to PhD, iSchool programs offer information education from a global top‑25 university.

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Masters Programs

The iSchool offers two masters degrees. The MS Information degree and the MA in Library and Information Studies (LIS) degree. The MA in LIS is accredited by the American Library Association. Both degrees will support you in becoming an innovative information professional, and both master’s programs can be completed either on campus or online.

Capstone Certificates

Professional development aimed at working adults who seek to advance their careers without the commitment of a full master’s degree. We work with campus partners to offer online capstone certificates in User Experience Design (UX) and Analytics for Decision Making (ADM).

Continuing Education

Refresh and refine your skills through non-credit courses taught by expert instructors. Online courses, webinars and workshops cover cutting edge skills and core competencies.

Undergraduate Digital Studies Minor

UW–Madison undergraduates can earn a 15-credit Digital Studies minor. Explore information and society topics and gain information technology skills.

iSchool PhD

iSchool PhD students engage in the rich variety of educational experiences offered at the UW‑Madison campus. Small cohorts ensure close relationships and research collaboration with faculty, robust advising and the availability of funding.

Non-degree Graduate Credit Courses

iSchool graduate courses can be taken for professional development purposes or by those considering our on-campus or online master’s degree.

The iSchool Community

The iSchool has been designed intentionally to foster a strong sense of community to help all students excel. Explore the organizations and resources available to you.

Student Organizations

We encourage our students to get involved with our student organizations to strengthen both professional and leadership skills and to develop a network.

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iSchool Library

The iSchool Library is a shared community space where students come together for events, club meetings or just to hang out. Students can practice what they've learned in courses and gain experience in a friendly environment.

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Career Services and Support

Assuring you are gainfully employed after graduation is our priority. The iSchool prioritizes excellence in career services, supporting you every step of the way with career exploration and development activities built into courses from day 1.

Yichi Zhang, Alisher Abdrakhmanov, Jieying Zhang and Laith Abdulmajeid (left to right) plan out a scavenger hunt route during an International Student Summer Institute class session at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Aug. 4, 2017. The new program lets first-year international students arrive several weeks ahead of the fall semester and take an academic reading and writing class for non-native English speakers. The students also participate in a wide array of campus and community activities and meet current domestic and international students, all with the goal of helping them acclimate to U.S. life. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

International Student Community

The UW–Madison Information School attracts students of diverse cultural backgrounds from around the globe. Get the information you need to apply for and get funding for the iSchool as well as additional resources.

At a table sponsored by Languages at UW-Madison, people test their knowledge by matching the names of international languages with the countries where the language is spoken as more than 300 people attend the third annual South Madison International Community Night, held on the grounds of Villager Mall in Madison, Wis., on June 2, 2016. The free community event -- which included five international food carts, several musical performances and more than 20 family-friendly arts and science activities -- was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's South Madison Partnership office, Urban League of Greater Madison and Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Campus Life

With more than 40,000 students representing 50 states and 124 countries, our community is diverse, energetic, and constantly in motion. Explore opportunities that match your boundless energy.

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News & Events

Find out what's going on at the iSchool.

Undergraduate student Elise Schimke sits with her photo book, "Libraries of UW-Madison," amid a row of shelving in College Library at Helen C. White Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on March 15, 2017. Started as a class photography project, Schimke's book highlights a topical theme as related to the area of specialty for each of UW-Madison's 41 campus libraries. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

The Wisconsin Idea

One of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a general principle: that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this “Idea” has become the guiding philosophy of university outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world.