Accelerated MLIS Program (BA in Information Science & eSociety)

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Complete your University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts in Information Science and eSociety and Master of Arts in Library and Information Science in an abbreviated period.

The MLIS accelerated master's program (AMP) allows exceptional BA in Information Science and eSociety students who wish to attend graduate school to earn their MA in Library and Information Science in an abbreviated period of time—cutting at least one semester off of a graduate program that is otherwise completed in two years or more.

Accredited by the American Library Association, our top-ranked library and information science program can be completed online or on campus. The interdisciplinary MLIS curriculum reflects the diversity of library and information environments, covering an array of professional perspectives—from archival studies to digital curation, from public librarianship to legal information, and from health informatics to academic librarianship—positioning graduates for a wide range of fascinating and important careers.

AMP students may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework as undergraduates, yet will continue to be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships.


Information Science and eSociety majors wanting to begin a graduate program while an undergraduate can apply to the program in their junior year (once 75 units have been earned). They must have an excellent academic record and the ability to balance an intense program of study.

In order to be admitted the University of Arizona Graduate College as a fast-track master’s student, students must have earned 90 units and have a 3.3. GPA. Students may apply once they have 75 completed units, but cannot be admitted to enroll in graduate courses without 90. 

We recommend that interested students speak to their academic advisor about their interest in the program early in their undergraduate career to begin planning for the accelerated master's program.



Plan of Study

The MLIS offers several areas of focus, some of which are also offered as a graduate certificate program:

  • Academic Librarianship
  • Archival Studies
  • Digital Curation
  • Law Librarianship
  • Legal Information and Scholarly Communication
  • Public Librarianship
  • Special Librarianship

View MLIS AMP Degree Requirements

Graduate College Information 

Progress to the PhD Program

MLIS graduates with strong research interests are encouraged to apply to the iSchool's outstanding PhD in Information. Admission requirements are the same as the other candidates, but MLIS graduates may be able to waive certain courses.

More Information

For further information or assistance, please contact your iSchool undergraduate advisor.