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History, Library and Information Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60
University rank #136 (QS) , MD,
The History and Library Science (HiLS) dual-degree program is the result of a cooperative agreement between the College of Information Studies, (Maryland's iSchool) and the Department of History. HiLS students graduate with both a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.


The HiLS program 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).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Archives and Digital Curation, 
  • Community Analytics and Policy, 
  • Youth Experience, 
  • Diversity and Inclusion

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60
  • Credits
    54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

Students must apply for admission to both the Department of History and the College of Information Studies under the rubric HILS (History and Library Science). There is one, consolidated application, but two, independent admission decisions. An offer of admission from both, the Department of History and the College of Information Studies is required in order to be admitted to the dual-degree program.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Application Essay (iSchool Requirement)
  • Writing Sample (Department of History Requirement)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1404 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1404 USD per credit and a duration of .
  • National

    651 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of .
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Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
    Living Costs

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