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Library and Information Studies

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
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The Library and Information Studies master's degree at the Information School (iSchool) prepares graduates to develop, provide and assess information services that create, collect, organize, store, analyze, find, distribute, and use information in a diverse, technological, and global society. 


This program in Library and Information Studies offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison prepares information professionals to work in five broad, overlapping areas of the information professions:

  • Librarianship: Graduates obtain employment in college and university librarianship, public librarianship, youth and young adult librarianship, electronic collections management, science and health librarianship, research data management, and school library media centers.
  • Archives in a Digital Age (on-campus program only): Graduates obtain employment in digital asset management, digital preservation and curation, digital archives, corporate archives, government archives, special collections, and tribal libraries archives and museums.
  • Data/Information Management and Analytics: Graduates obtain employment in information analysis and visualization, knowledge management, prospect research, systems analysis, digital asset management, data and information governance, records management and compliance, research data management and project management.
  • Organization of Information: Graduates obtain employment in metadata management, taxonomy and ontology development and implementation, digital asset management, cataloging, XML and linked data, and database management.
  • User Experience Design and Information Technologies: Graduates obtain employment in user experience design, interaction design, systems analysis and project management, IT training, educational technology support, digital asset management and curation, content management, and database development and management.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of societal, legal, policy or ethical information issues.
  • Apply principles of information organization.
  • Apply appropriate research methodologies for inquiry or decision making.
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional competencies important for management of information organizations.
  • Demonstrate competency with information technologies important to the information professions.
  • Apply theory to professional practice.
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues surrounding marginalized communities and information.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Information Services Management
  • The Public Library
  • Strategic Information Services
  • Digital Tools, Trends and Debates
  • Info Architecture and Interaction Design for the Web
  • Digital Curation and Collections

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 
  • The Graduate School does not require the GRE
  • Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score
  • International applicants are required to have adequate financial resources to cover expenses for the duration of their studies at UW–Madison

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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