Master of Arts in Library and Information Science

The Master of Arts in Library and Information Science is accredited by the American Library Association and we offer specialization in archives and preservation, digital librarianship, heath information, digital information, management and systems, law librarianship, legal information, as well as academic and public librarianship. Students prepare for careers in libraries, museums, and archives, as well as government and business information centers.  

For general questions, please email: si-info@email.arizona.edu. 

Admission to the MA in Library and Information Science Program

Admission to the Library and Information Science Master’s degree program is granted by the director of School of Information, upon recommendation of the School of Information Admissions Committee, and the Graduate College. To be admitted, students must meet the requirements of both the Graduate College and School of Information. In addition, they must submit an online application to the Graduate College and submit other materials directly to School of Information. (See the Application Process below.)

**International Applicants: Per immigration regulations, students admitted to a graduate program must enroll in a total of 9 units, of which 6 of those units must be courses taught in-person and only 3 online units may be used toward full-time enrollment.
For questions regarding enrollment, please contact the School of Information, Anne Marie Summons, Admissions Coordinator (amsummons@email.arizona.edu) for assistance.

 UA Graduate College and the School of Information

  • A bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona or from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Arizona

  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Application Process

  • Fall Session - priority application deadline is April 1st.
  • Summer Session - priority application deadline is April 1st. 
  • Spring Session - priority application deadline is November 1st.

Please contact Anne Marie Summons, Admissions Coordinator, at amsummons@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-3565 for assistance.

Applicants are required to apply online to the Graduate College selecting the MA in Library Information Science for the semester of interest.

A completed application to the Graduate College must include:

  • An online application for admission to the Graduate College with a $85 application fee via a credit card.
    No transcripts are to be sent to the Graduate College.

A completed application of materials for the MA program, sent directly to School of Information, must include:

  • A 750-1000 word, double spaced statement detailing why the applicant is interested in the field of information resources and library science. This statement should reflect some knowledge of the directions of the field and what the role of professionals in the field might be in the future. The statement should demonstrate excellent organizational and writing abilities. The statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.

  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic abilities and/or professional potential. The letters should focus on the applicant's interest in and commitment to the library and information science profession and on the applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate program. Letters should be written by faculty members, work supervisors, or other professional colleagues. The letters should be dated (no more than one year old) and in sealed envelopes from the author. There is no form for these letters. A recommendation letter may be mailed directly to School of Information from the author or may be submitted by the applicant in a sealed envelope.

  • Two official transcripts from each college or university attended in sealed envelopes. OR, official, electronic transcripts from eScript Service.

  • A resume or curriculum vitae. The resume may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.

  • If applicable, a complete School of Information financial aid form with a narrative statement of financial need included. The form and statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.

  • While scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required, applicants may submit GRE test scores if they feel these make a stronger case for admission. 

    Send admissions materials to:

    School of Information
    University of Arizona
    Harvill 409
    1103 E 2nd Street
    Tucson, AZ 85721 

  • Items sent electronically should be directed to si-info@email.arizona.edu.

Applications are considered complete by the School of Information when all the above elements are received. An application will not be processed by the School of Information until all required information is received.

Other required forms must also be submitted:

  • Domestic applicants must also complete a domicile affidavit if they wish to have in-state (Arizona) statusMail or FAX the form directly to the Residency Classification Office. All students are considered out-of-state residents until domicile affidavits are processed. For more information about the requirements to be considered an Arizona resident, please review the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) information.

  • All students should review the information about Proposition 300. This is the student's responsibility.

  • International applicants must complete a financial guarantee form (Graduate College website) and submit TOEFL scores.

  • An immunization form to be sent directly to Campus Health. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have have met the University's immunization requirements. For more information, see the Campus Health Service's immunization requirements.

Knowledge River Admission

Admission to Knowledge River, a project for educating librarians who are culturally and linguistically sensitive to Latino and Native American populations, requires admission to the MA LIS program and the Graduate College, under the requirements stated above. For more information about Knowledge River admissions, see the Knowledge River website.

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Funding and Assistantships

School of Information offers a variety of financial aid. See Graduate Student Aid page for a list of available opportunties. 

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Many graduate students receive financial assistance in the form of Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, or Teaching Assistantships. Students should recognize that financial support from the School is a privilege and is not guaranteed.

In order to receive need-based financial aid, the School requires  

  • complete financial need forms, including FAFSA, https://fafsa.gov/;
  • full-time graduate status at the level of at least 6 registered units each semester, if applicable; and
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while enrolled in the MA program, if applicable.

Merit-based tuition aids are also available for students with strong academic records. 

All students are encouraged to seek out funding from a variety of sources, for example, the Graduate College has online resources which can facilitate this effort, see https://grad.arizona.edu/new-and-current-students

Note: Graduate Certificate students are not eligible for financial assistance, unless concurrently enrolled in a separate MS or PhD program at the University of Arizona.

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Degree Requirements 

The Master of Arts in Library and Information Science, can prepare a student for professional opportunities in a wide variety of environments including libraries, archives, publishing, the corporate sector, and Internet and other technology companies. The curriculum reflects the diversity of library and information environments in which students will eventually work, the populations they serve, and the disciplines of library and information science augmented by an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and information.

The standard time to degree for full time students is 2 years. 

There are two degree options:

  • Main Campus for resident and non-resident students, which would have the option of taking on campus, in person or fully online classes

  • UA Online is a campus for online students only for fully online degree program.  Campus designation for UA Online can be selected during the online application to the UA Graduate College.  Tuition and fees are significantly reduced for all students in UA Online programs.  To view tuition and pricing, please view the program webpage here: http://uaonline.arizona.edu/program/library-and-information-science-ma.

The Master of Arts in Library and Information Science is an American Library Association (ALA) accredited degree program.  The only ALA accredited program in the State of Arizona.

Degree Requirements

  • Students admitted in Fall 2015 and after are required to complete 37 credits for program.  Click here for more information.
  • Students admitted in before Fall 2015 are required to complete 36 credits for program.  Click here for more information.
  • Core Courses (12-16 credits)
  • Distributed Electives Areas and Courses (9-12 credits)
  • Starting Fall 2015 - (for new students admitted to program starting Fall 2015 and after)
  • 2006 to Summer 2015
  • Elective Courses (12 credits)
  • Please click here for the course schedules by semester and descriptions.

Student Competencies and Learning Outcomes

The School of Information has identified the competencies that students should have gained through their master's degree program. These competencies will allow graduates to begin successful careers in libraries and information centers, and it is these competencies that student portfolios are expected to demonstrate and document.

A. Foundational Understandings and Abilities

A1) Students will demonstrate understanding of basic principles, concepts, and terminology related to the creation, organization, management, access, and use of knowledge and information and will demonstrate the ability to apply them to practical problems.

A2) Students will demonstrate understanding of the nature of research, research methods and the role of research in library and information science and additionally, demonstrate the ability to apply research findings to practical problems.

A3) Students will demonstrate understanding of the use of information and communication technologies including social aspects of information in providing information resources and services in libraries and other information environments.

B. Disciplinary Knowledge and its Application

B4) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the principles of organization and representation of knowledge and their application to library and information collections and services in their areas of career interest.

B5) Students will demonstrate knowledge of types of library and information professions, settings, services, and roles and be able to analyze key issues and potential approaches to these in the areas of their career interest.

B6) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the management of information resources, services and organizations and apply this knowledge to their areas of career interest.

B7) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the roles of interdisciplinary, interprofessional, and community collaboration and alliances in the provision of library and information services.

C. Ethics and Values in Library and Information Science

C8) Students will demonstrate an understanding of how diversity contributes to the library and information professions and analyze information issues from diverse perspectives.

C9) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the values and service orientation of the library and information professions and their applications in their areas of career interest.

C10) Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize and analyze ethical issues and dilemmas in library and information settings and propose reasoned courses of action.

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Career opportunities

Recommended Coursework:

  • Academic Librarianship - This area of librarianship is a dynamic and evolving profession dedicated to meeting the information and research needs of students, faculty and other members of academic communities.  An additional advanced degree as well as an ALA accredited master’s degree is sometimes expected to obtain an Academic Librarian position.

    • Recommended Courses:

      • 518 - Information Quality

      • 530 - Cataloging and Metadata Management

      • 532 - Online Searching

      • 541 - Preservation

      • 550 - Information Environments from Hispanic & Native American Perspectives

      • 557 - Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communites

      • 559 - Marketing Library and Information Services to Communities

      • 560 - Collection Management

      • 567 - Leadership and the Information Organization

      • 570 - Database Development and Management

      • 571 - Introduction to Information Technology

      • 572 - Government Information

      • 573 - Information Technology and Libraries

      • 575 - User Interface and Website Design

      • 584 - Introduction to Copyright

      • 589 - Scholarly Communication

      • 608 - Managing the Information Organization

      • 671 - Introduction to Digital Collections

      • 672 - Introduction to Applied Technology

      • 674 - Preserving Digital Collections

      • 675 - Advanced Digital Collections

      • 693 - Internship

      • 699 - Independent Study

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  • Archives and Special Collections - The primary task of an archivist is to establish and maintain both physical and intellectual control over records of enduring value.  Archivist use their knowledge of historical context to select records which are then described and often displayed in line with accepted professional standards and practices. The school of Information offers a Certificate in Archival Studies, the MA in Library and Information Science degree, and the opportunity to earn both.

    • Recommended Courses

      • 530 - Cataloging and Metadata Management

      • 540 - Introduction to Archives

      • 541 - Preservation

      • 550 - Information Environments from Hispanic & Native American Perspectives

      • 551 - Equity of Access

      • 557 - Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communites

      • 558 - Social Justice and Information Services

      • 560 - Collection Management

      • 567 - Leadership and the Information Organization

      • 570 - Database Development and Management

      • 571 - Introduction to Information Technology

      • 572 - Government Information

      • 584 - Introduction to Copyright

      • 585 - Information Literacy Instruction

      • 589 - Scholarly Communication

      • 608 - Managing the Information Organization

      • 640 - Advanced Issues in Archival Enterprise

      • 671 - Introduction to Digital Collections

      • 672 - Introduction to Applied Technology

      • 673 - Managing the Digital Information Environment

      • 674 - Preserving Digital Collections

      • 675 - Advanced Digital Collections

      • 693 - Internship

      • 699 - Independent Study

    • Courses offered for graduate certificate in Archival Studies

      • Click link here for certificate program information.

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  • Digital Information - The rapid growth of digital information and online services has led to a shortage of professionals with the skills to manage digital collections in a fast-changing environment.  The School of Information offers a graduate certificate in Digital Information Management, the MA in Library and Information Science degree, and the opportunity to earn both.

    • ​Recommended Courses

      • 518 - Information Quality

      • 532 - Online Searching

      • 551 - Equity of Access

      • 558 - Social Justice and Information Services

      • 559 - Marketing Library and Information Services to Communities

      • 567 - Leadership and the Information Organization

      • 570 - Database Development and Management

      • 572 - Government Information

      • 575 - User Interface and Website Design

      • 584 - Introduction to Copyright

      • 587 - Information Seeking Behaviors

      • 589 - Scholarly Communication

      • 624 - Medical and Community Health Informatics

      • 646 - Healthcare Informatics: Theory and Practice

      • 660 - Business Information Resources

      • 671 - Introduction to Digital Collections

      • 672 - Introduction to Applied Technology

      • 673 - Managing the Digital Information Environment

      • 674 - Preserving Digital Collections

      • 675 - Advanced Digital Collections

      • 693 - Internship

      • 699 - Independent Study

    • Courses offered for graduate certificate in Digital Information Management

      • Click link here for certificate program information.

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  • Health Science Librarianship/Health Informatics - This area requires a skill set in the acquisition and dissemination of useful, usable and quality health information.  The practice of health informatics and how it apples to the healthcare, medical and public health settings, the ethnic and cultural implications of health and receiving training on providing culturally competent health information services is important in public libraries, hospitals, medical research and academic research. The School of Information offers a graduate certificate in Certificate in Medical and Community Health Information, the MA in Library and Information Science degree, and the opportunity to earn both.

    • Recommended Courses

      • 518 - Information Quality

      • 532 - Online Searching

      • 533 - Medical Online Searching

      • 550 - Information Environments from Hispanic & Native American Perspectives

      • 551 - Equity of Access

      • 556 - Health Information in Ethnic-Cultural Communities & Environments

      • 558 - Social Justice and Information Services

      • 559 - Marketing Library and Information Services to Communities

      • 567 - Leadership and the Information Organization

      • 570 - Database Development and Management

      • 572 - Government Information

      • 575 - User Interface and Website Design

      • 584 - Introduction to Copyright

      • 587 - Information Seeking Behaviors

      • 608 - Managing the Information Organization

      • 624 - Medical and Community Health Informatics

      • 646 - Healthcare Informatics: Theory and Practice

      • 660 - Business Information Resources

      • 671 - Introduction to Digital Collections

      • 672 - Introduction to Applied Technology

      • 673 - Managing the Digital Information Environment

      • 693 - Internship

      • 699 - Independent Study

    • Courses offered for gradaute certificate in Medical and Community Health Information

      • Click link here for certificate program information.

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  • Law Librarianship/Legal Information - This area offers several niches and specializations including foreign and international law, government documents, patents, taxation, computer-related services, administration, and special collections such as archives and antiquarian books.  While one-third of law librarians have law degrees, most positions do not require a law degree. The School of Information offers two graduate certificates in law librarianship, the MA in Library and Information Science degree, and the opportunity to earn both.

    • ​Recommended Courses

      • 518 - Information Quality

      • 532 - Online Searching

      • 551 - Equity of Access

      • 558 - Social Justice and Information Services

      • 559 - Marketing Library and Information Services to Communities

      • 567 - Leadership and the Information Organization

      • 570 - Database Development and Management

      • 572 - Government Information

      • 575 - User Interface and Website Design

      • 584 - Introduction to Copyright

      • 587 - Information Seeking Behaviors

      • 608 - Managing the Information Organization

      • 671 - Introduction to Digital Collections

      • 672 - Introduction to Applied Technology

      • 681E - Law Library Practice and Administration

      • 689A - Teaching Legal Research

      • 693 - Internship

      • 699 - Independent Study

    • There are two graduate certificate programs for Law Librarianship and Legal Information Scholarly Communication

      • Click here for certificate program information.

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  • Public Librarianship - This field of librarianship provides information and recreational resources, public meeting space, literacy and community programming, computer training and access, and advocacy for local communities.

    • ​Recommended Courses

      • 518 - Information Quality

      • 521 - Children's and Young Adult Literature in a Multicultural Society

      • 523 - Early Childhood and Public Libraries

      • 530 - Cataloging and Metadata Management

      • 532 - Online Searching

      • 550 - Information Environments from Hispanic & Native American Perspectives

      • 551 - Equity in Access

      • 557 - Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communites

      • 558 - Social Justice in Information Services

      • 559 - Marketing Library and Information Services to Communities

      • 560 - Collection Management

      • 563 - Reader's Advisory Services in Public Libraries

      • 567 - Leadership and the Information Organization

      • 570 - Database Development and Management

      • 571 - Introduction to Information Technology

      • 572 - Government Information

      • 573 - Information Technology and Libraries

      • 575 - User Interface and Website Design

      • 582 - Young Adult and Public Libraries

      • 584 - Introduction to Copyright

      • 585 - Information Literacy Instruction

      • 587 - Information Seeking Behaviors

      • 608 - Managing the Information Organization

      • 671 - Introduction to Digital Collections

      • 672 - Introduction to Applied Technology

      • 673 - Managing the Digital Information Environment

      • 693 - Internship

      • 699 - Independent Study

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Accelerated Masters Program in Library and Information Science

The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) is for the top undergraduates majors in the Information and eSociety program.

More information about the School of Information's AMP can be found here: http://si.arizona.edu/accelerated-masters-program-amp

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Dual Masters Programs in Library and Information Science

Admission to a Dual Degree Program
Applicants must apply to, and be accepted by, both units to qualify for admission to the dual degree program. An interdisciplinary committee from the two units will review and make a recommendation about any student who has been accepted by both units and has indicated that he or she wishes to earn dual degrees. Candidates need to complete an application form and pay an application fee for each unit.

Transfer Credit
A request to transfer must be submitted to the Graduate College, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Adviser in each unit, by the end of the first year. Many of these transfer units may be applicable to requirements in either degree program, or may count toward the additional units required of the student.

Thesis
By the end of the second semester of enrollment, students must assemble a thesis committee of at least three faculty members, one of whom serves as the thesis adviser. The adviser and at least one other committee member must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in Near Eastern Studies, and at least one must be a faculty member in the School of Journalism. The committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Adviser in each unit.

Important Information
Dual-degree students must start their program of study with LIS 504. LIS 504 is a pre-requisite for all other LIS courses, so it must be taken first. Students may be concurrently enrolled in LIS 504 and selected LIS courses; a list of LIS courses eligible for concurrent enrollment with LIS 504 is available from the MA LIS adviser.
Starting with LIS 504, students must register with Library and Information Science designated as their primary degree program with the UA Graduate College. While registered with LIS as their primary program, all credits taken (LIS, JOUR, MENA or other departmental credits) by students will incur School of Information program fees.

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  • with Master of Arts in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)

Academic libraries with special collections supporting Middle East area studies programs and other research libraries with Middle and Near East collections seek librarians with knowledge of the geographic region and Middle Eastern languages, as well as knowledge of library practices and operations. The dual master's degree in Library and Information Science and MENAS prepares individuals for professional positions responsible for providing collections and services in support of research and teaching about the Middle East.

  • Course Progression and Program Fees
    After the semester in which 19 credits are completed, students should transfer their primary degree designation to MENAS.  After this change, students will no longer be assessed School of Information program fees. Please note that more credits than 19 may be assessed School of Information program fees because the total number of credits taken during this semester will be assessed School of Information program fees, even if that number exceeds 19.

  • Dual Credit Elective Options
    The following courses fulfill both MENAS and LIS requirements for the cultural perspectives and information evaluation electives. These courses are cross listed. Students taking the dual degree should register for them under the MENA number. The list is not exhaustive and students are encouraged to consult their advisor when selecting courses.

    • MENA 503 Art & Architecture of the Islamic World (MENAS Requirement: Islamic Studies. LIS Requirement: Cultural Prespectives)

    • MENA 545 Women in Islamic History (MENAS Requirement: Islamic Studies OR Gender & Society. LIS Requirement: Cultural Prespectives)

    • MENA 552 Israeli Women (MENAS Requirement: Gender & Society. LIS Requirement: Cultural Prespectives)

    • MENA 580 History of the 19th and 20th century Middle East (MENAS Requirement: Middle Eastern History. LIS Requirement: Evaluation/Management)

    • MENA 502A Economic History of the Islamic World (MENAS Requirement: Islamic Studies OR Middle Eastern History. LIS Requirement: Evaluation/Management)

    • MENA 530A Language & Society of the Middle East (MENAS Requirement: Middle Eastern History. LIS Requirement: Cultural Perspectives)

    • MENA 585B Society, Culture, Politics & History of the Iranian Plateau (MENAS Requirement: Middle Eastern History. LIS Requirement: Cultural Perspectives)

  • Departmental Paper
    By the end of the second semester of enrollment, students must assemble a graduate committee of three faculty members, one of whom serves as the departmental paper advisor. At least two members of this committee must be tenured or tenure-track professors in MENAS and one must be a regular or adjunct faculty member at School of Information, and the committee must be approved by the Graduate Advisor.
    Topics for the departmental paper should incorporate or integrate both MENAS and School of Information elements. The student’s departmental paper advisor will approve the appropriate subject matter and length of his or her paper, in consultation with the School of Information committee member.

  • FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship
    All students in the LIS/MENAS Dual Degree Program who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships offered through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies: http://www.cmes.arizona.edu/students/grad.php

Required MENAS courses (33 credits)
Middle East Studies: Approaches, Themes, and Controversies (MENA 595D - 3 units)
Language Course for 3rd Year Proficiency* (6-8 units)
4 courses (1 each Gender & Society, Islamic Studies, History, plus 1 more - 12 units)
1 Departmental Paper (MENAS 909 - 3 units)
2 courses Cultural Perspectives (1 course) and Evaluation & Management (1 course) Distributed Electives with MENAS course numbers (these also count as fulfilling the School of Information requirement that students take one elective in these two areas) (6 units)
1 Independent study (1-3 units)

*3rd year MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) is worth 8 credits but 3rd year Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew are only 6 credits. Those pursuing the latter three languages will have to find two more units. Taking an additional 3-unit course will provide those two units and eliminate the need for a two-unit independent study.  
Students must achieve 3rd year language proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish. Third-year language proficiency is achieved by successfully completing six semesters of the focus language. Students whose focus language is Arabic will concentrate on Modern Standard Arabic.

Required Library and Information Science Courses (19 credits)
LIS 504 Foundations of Library & Information Services (first LIS course) (3 units)
LIS 506 Research Methods for Library & Information Professionals (3 units)
LIS 515 Organization of Information (3 units)
LIS 520 Ethics for Library & Information Professionals (3 units)
LIS 698 Capstone Internship (3 units)*
Information Technology and Digital Networked Informaton (3 units)
LIS 909 ePortfolio (1 unit)

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*For UA Online students in some States the Capstone in replaced. SPeak to the Masters Advisor for options.

​​Other useful information

  • Progress to the Ph.D program

​MA graduates with strong research interests are encouraged to apply for.  Admission requirements for MA graduates are the same as the other candidates, but MA graduates may enjoy the benefit of the waiver of certain courses. For more information, please see the  Ph.D in Information page.

Please see the graduate advising page for full informaiton. 

Send all graduate accademic appeals to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). ​See the contact page for the current contact information of the DGS.

It is School of Information policy that the student holds final responsibility for being aware of and responding to all School of Information and Graduate College policies, requirements, formats, and deadlines as they pertain to progression towards and completion of their degree. 

Academic Policies of the School relevant to the MA program can be found on this page and on the Policies page. Additional policies can be found at the Graduate College website. 

​Information about the faculty can be found on the faculty page.

​See the contact page.

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