Master of Arts

Library & Information Science

 

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Accredited program by the American Library Association that will prepare you for careers in libraries, museums, and archives as well as government and business information centers.

About the Program

Our M.A. in Library and Information Science is the only accredited program by the American Library Association in Arizona. The program focuses on information organization, digital information, health sciences, law, and culture.

The degree offers flexible options for students, including on-campus courses and a fully-online program.

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Concentration Areas

Our curriculum reflects the diversity of library and information environments. It touches the areas where students will eventually work and the populations they will serve. It covers various disciplines, ethics, and values of library and information science augmented by an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and information. Depending on your career interests, you can concentrate your coursework in several different areas:

  • Academic Librarianship
  • Archival Studies
  • Digital Information Management
  • Law Librarianship
  • Legal Information and Scholarly Communication
  • Medical and Community Health Information
  • Public Librarianship
  • Special Librarianship

Many of our concentrations are also available as graduate certificates.

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Career Pathways

We prepare students for professional opportunities in a wide variety of environments, including libraries, archives, publishing, the corporate sector, Internet, and other technology companies. Possibilities include:

  • Public librarian
  • Academic librarian
  • Library manager
  • Copyright specialist
  • Legal librarian
  • Information architect
  • Metadata specialist
  • Archivist
  • Health information specialist
  • Digital repository specialist 

Progress to the Ph.D. Program

M.A. graduates with strong research interests are encouraged to apply to the Ph.D. program. Admission requirements are the same as the other candidates, but M.A. graduates may be able to waive certain courses.

Advising Resources

These additional resources are designed to orient students to the M.A. in Library and Information Science program and provide helpful details about requirements for current students.