Degree Programs


Take your career to the next level.

The innovative spirit of GSLIS is reflected in the design and delivery of our academic programs. Core courses provide a strong foundation for careers in LIS, and a broad array of electives allows students to design their own programs of study across all of our degrees. Our students also enjoy flexibility in course scheduling options. For the MS and CAS, you may enroll full time or part time and take courses on campus, through our Leep online learning option, or a combination of both.

Master of Science (MS)

Master of Science in Library and Information Science
Consistently ranked as the best program of its kind, the MS provides an exceptional professional education. Students gain the skills they need to creatively and effectively manage, analyze, and preserve information. GSLIS graduates go on to fill leadership positions in a variety of information settings, including public, academic, and school libraries, as well as healthcare, business, and science.

The program requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including two required courses: LIS 501: Information Organization and Access and LIS 502: Libraries, Information, and Society.

Master of Science in Bioinformatics
GSLIS offers a concentration within the campus-wide MS in Bioinformatics program, preparing students for careers managing biological information. GSLIS is one of five departments on campus offering this interdisciplinary degree, and students are encouraged to take courses across departments to broaden their expertise and experience in the field.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Certificate of Advanced Study
The CAS program is designed for professionals who want to update their skills or pursue post-graduate work in a specific area of concentration. Open to those who already hold a master’s degree, the program requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including the CAS project and an oral examination.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries
Students pursuing the CAS-DL will develop an understanding of the unique issues surrounding digital libraries, including the skills needed to create and manage digital collections. The program requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including four required core classes.

Doctoral Program (PhD)

The doctoral program at GSLIS is among the most prestigious in the nation. Our doctoral students come from a broad range of backgrounds that contribute to a collaborative, vibrant, and innovative community of scholars who are at the forefront of the information revolution.

K-12 School Librarianship

This program allows students to meet the requirements of the Master of Science in library and information science or the Certificate of Advanced Study while also pursuing the courses and training needed for licensure as a library information specialist in the state of Illinois. The K-12 program is also open to non-degree students.

Classes for non-degree students

Every semester, GSLIS makes courses available to information professionals who want to keep up with developments in the field, expand upon their knowledge, or learn something new.

Minor in Informatics

GSLIS offers courses in the undergraduate minor in informatics, administered by the Illinois Informatics Institute on campus.

“I chose GSLIS because it had all the things I was looking for: a collaborative environment, supportive faculty, and high standards of rigor.”
– Kirstin Phelps, PhD student