The History and Library and Information Science dual-degree program at University of Maryland is ideally suited for students interested in gaining a multidisciplinary perspective to research as well as practical hands-on skills. Because of the proximity of the College Park campus to a variety of immensely rich research collections, students are able to gain first-hand experiences through internships that reinforce their classroom instruction. As a result of the dual-degree studies, students in the HiLS program gain skills in historical methodology and cutting-edge library and information science practices, preparing them for careers in libraries, archives, museums, and other information centers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Students admitted to the HiLS Program typically complete the program of study in three (3) years, however they have up to five (5) years to complete the degrees. The HiLS program requires fifty-four (54) credit hours of study, with a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in both the Department of History and the College of Information Studies. Students select how to use the remaining six (6) credits.
The MA and the MLIS are awarded simultaneously, and a student who fails to complete the special requirements for the coordinated degree programs may not receive either degree. When a student admitted to the HILS program subsequently wishes to receive only one degree, he/she must transfer from HILS either to the graduate program in History or to the College of Information Studies and fulfill the normal requirements for the separate master’s degree. The dual-degree History and Library Science offers the option of a degree-by-thesis (History and iSchool) as well as a degree-by-examination (History).
Facilities and Special Resources
The College of Information Studies operates five research centers: the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and the Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), the Cloud Computing Center (CCC), and the Digital Curation Innovation Center. iSchool faculty and doctoral students also participate in or have affiliations with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory (CLIP), as well as the Departments of Computer Science, English, and Sociology, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the College of Education.
- Serving Information Needs
- Achieving Organizational Excellence
- Creating Information Infrastructures
- Designing Principled Inquiry
- The Lifecycle of Information
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- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (optional)
- Supplementary Essay
- Writing Sample
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International30708 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1706 USD per credit during 36 months.
National30708 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1706 USD per credit during 36 months.
In-State13824 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 768 USD per credit during 36 months.
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