MA Library & Information Studies​


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Both The On-Campus And Online Master’s Programs Offer

  • Interactive courses, accessible instructors, individual attention.
  • Friendly, supportive, and collaborative community of learners.
  • Flexibility in scheduling for full or part-time program of study.
  • The ability to tailor your coursework to meet your goals.
  • Preparation for a variety of information careers.
  • Masters programs provide real world experience through a required internship/field placement.
  • Career planning and support the moment you start the program.
  • Mix courses from other internationally ranked UW-Madison departments into your iSchool degree (up to 6 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

On-Campus Program Guide

  • 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.

Online Program Guide

MA Program Level Learning Outcomes & Data Reports

For nearly 100 years, the Information School has retained its essential values: academic rigor, a commitment to the public good and community engagement, and a resolution to prepare students to be leaders and innovators. iSchool graduates excel in connecting people, information and technology for the public good.

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 2029.


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