Online Education (LEEP)

Now offering a spring admissions cycle for our master's program!

LEEP_revamp_2013.jpgFor nearly 20 years, GSLIS has been at the cutting edge of online education in LIS. Since its beginning, our popular online option, affectionately called LEEP, has been an innovative hybrid program that combines web-based education with brief periods of on-campus instruction.

Through LEEP, our nationally ranked, ALA-accredited MS degree as well as our CAS and K-12 Licensure programs are available to students across the nation without having them move to campus. LEEP is unique among schools of library and information science, and it provides significant advantages in a field increasingly involved in organizing and using electronic information.

Students complete the majority of their coursework online in synchronous classes. They travel to Champaign-Urbana for one week at the beginning of the program to complete one of two core courses and an orientation. This brief period of face-to-face interaction has been cited by alumni as instrumental in building community while students are in school and beyond, providing opportunities for relationship building and a dynamic and rich classroom experience.

Admission Requirements

Admission via LEEP requires applicants to meet the same admission criteria per degree or program.


LEEP students pay full tuition charges at the in-state or out-of-state rates, depending on where they reside. Tuition for students in the LEEP program is charged per credit hour. Detailed information about tuition and cost can be found on the OCE website.

Students budget for books and supplies, technology upgrades, transportation for campus trips, housing during campus trips, and Internet access. Students are eligible for financial aid such as loans but not for graduate assistantships, which require on-campus residency.


Master's students begin their LEEP program with a seven-day campus stay for spring or summer enrollment. In addition, for each semester of enrollment through Spring 2015, all students travel to the Urbana campus for a two- to five-day stay. As of Summer 2015, this additional residency requirement will be eliminated, but the initial seven-day campus stay will continue.

Campus Housing

Arrangements for accommodations during campus stays are coordinated by GSLIS staff in on-campus housing or hotels. Room rates are per person, and meal tickets and plans are available for purchase.

For More Information

Contact the GSLIS admissions officer with questions about the program or the admissions process at (800) 982-0914 or (217) 333-7197, or see the Future Students section of our website.