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Library and Information Science MLIS (UW–Milwaukee)

Education-Related Studies

The MLIS program prepares librarians and information professionals to manage change in an urbanized, technologically oriented and knowledge-based society. Its systematic course of study enables individuals with a strong service orientation to apply principles of library and information science, to use current methods and tools, and to recognize the value of research.

Total credits required for completion: 36

Students who have already completed a master's or doctorate in a field other than library and information science may have the library and information science master's program reduced to 30 credits, under special circumstances up to 6 of these credits may be from another field in a closely allied area with advisor consent.

Students who have completed library science courses at the undergraduate level may request the SOIS Admissions Committee to review their course work to determine whether the content was the equivalent of that in similar courses in the School. However, the establishment of such equivalencies will not reduce the total number of credits required for the master's degree, but merely enable the student to avoid unnecessary repetition.

Required Courses

L&I SCI 501 Foundations of Library and Information Science
L&I SCI 511 Organization of Information
L&I SCI 571 Information Access and Retrieval
L&I SCI 591 Research in Library and Information Science

Transcript Designated Concentrations

Information Organization
Public Library Administration

Additional Focused Areas of Study

Academic Libraries
Special Libraries
Public Libraries
Digital Libraries
Information, Law, Policy & Ethics
Information Technology
Information Literacy
School Library Media

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an approved institution and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 basis) are basic requirements of the Graduate School. A student whose undergraduate GPA is below 2.75 may be admitted on probation if the applicant can furnish substantial evidence of capacity to do satisfactory graduate work. Such evidence might be proof of high quality performance in postgraduate work or a high score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

International applicants who do not hold a degree from an English language institution obtained in the past 2 years or whose native language is not English are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 for the paper based test and 213 if taken by computer and a minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 6.5. International applicants must also complete the GRE or MAT if the applicant's undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) is less than 3.00.

An applicant must meet Graduate School Requirements plus the following additional requirements of the School of Information Studies to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Verbal and Quantitative Aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants whose overall GPA as calculated by the UWM Graduate School is at least 3.0 or who posses a graduate degree are exempted from this requirement. See GRE/MAT Info.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons who can testify to the applicant's likelihood of success in the master's program in Library and Information Science. References from former teachers or employers are preferred.

Degree-granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

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