Our popular Leep online option combines rigorous academics with the flexibility to take courses from anywhere in the world. Leep students engage with peers and faculty in real-time virtual classrooms and can pursue a master's degree as well as our Certificate of Advanced Study and K-12 Licensure programs without having to move to campus.
In 1996 GSLIS developed Leep as a way to extend access to our nationally-ranked, professional master’s degree to those students who were not able to relocate to campus. We were among the pioneers in online LIS education, and have continually evolved the program’s structure and technology so our students receive an unparalleled education. In addition to the relationships formed through in-person and online interaction with their peers, students benefit from our strong advising program and supportive network of students, instructors, and alumni spanning across the country and globe.
At the beginning of the program, master's students travel to the University of Illinois campus for Leep Welcome Weekend, a three-day orientation to the School and a brief introduction to the required course LIS 502: Libraries, Information, and Society, with the instructor and classmates. This period of face-to-face interactions is instrumental in building community while students are in school and beyond, providing opportunities for developing key relationships while participating in a rich, dynamic classroom experience.
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 CITL website.
Students budget for books and supplies, technology upgrades, transportation and housing for Leep Welcome Weekend, 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 Leep Welcome Weekend, a three-day orientation to the School where students meet with faculty, attend workshops, and connect with fellow classmates.
Staff will reserve a block of rooms in local hotels. Students are required to make their own housing arrangements.
GSLIS is one of 17 member schools offering unique distance education courses through the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium, a unique and groundbreaking opportunity in online library and information science education that shares access to selected online courses offered by schools in the consortium. Each semester we select courses from WISE offerings to complement GSLIS courses. GSLIS students can request permission to enroll in a WISE course on a space-available basis.
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. If you’re ready to schedule a visit, let us know!