Master of Science Degree



Start with a strong foundation. Then push the limits.

Consistently ranked as the best program of its kind, the MS degree 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.

Customizable curriculum

Coursework for the master's degree in library and information science immerses students in a rich learning environment that provides a strong foundation in LIS theory and practice. After completing two required courses, students are encouraged to work with their advisor to customize their own program of study that supports their professional goals. Our faculty and staff encourage students to approach the program creatively, drawing upon their passions and skills in innovative ways that allow them to build a fulfilling career.

The MS requires 40 credit hours of coursework, including two required courses—LIS 501: Information Organization and Access and LIS 502: Libraries, Information, and Society—as well as electives chosen by the student.

Earn a degree on campus or online

The program may be completed on campus or online through our popular Leep online learning option, which combines rigorous academics with the flexibility to take courses from anywhere in the world. The only program of its kind, Leep engages students with peers and faculty in real-time virtual classrooms. The program begins with an on-campus orientation, where students meet faculty and staff and connect with fellow classmates.

Once students are admitted, they have the ability to enroll in courses using either option, depending on their needs. Administrative staff and advisors will work with students during registration to make sure they are able to enroll in the classes that best meet their needs for any given semester.

Robust student support

Our student services staff is strongly committed to supporting students throughout their time at GSLIS, beginning with admissions counseling through career guidance and job placement.

A sound investment

Not only does GSLIS offer the most prestigious master’s program in the country, but it is among the most affordable programs as well. GSLIS offers competitive funding packages in the form of assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and merit- and need-based tuition waivers.

The following chart compares the total tuition and fees (on-campus) for degree completion among the top five iSchools.

2015-2016 detailed cost comparison (pdf)

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Application deadlines

October 15
MS on-campus spring admission
MS Leep online learning spring admission

February 15
MS on-campus summer and fall admission
MS Leep online learning summer and fall admission