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Library and Information Science

The University of Iowa

24 months
29379 USD/year
30810 USD/year
11863 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Library and Information Science at The University of Iowa is awarded by the Graduate College. The MA is offered as both a campus and online program; the campus program is offered with or without a thesis.


About Library and Information Science at The University of Iowa

Library and information science (LIS) is an interdisciplinary field of study that centers on the documentation that records our stories, memory, history, and knowledge. LIS professionals serve as custodians of printed materials, records, photographs, audiovisual materials, and ephemera, in both analog and digital form. Librarians and other information professionals collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to these materials and are the stewards of the knowledge that they contain. The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) connects people to the resources that they need to understand their histories, communities, and the world around them. The school advocates for free and open access to these resources and train folks to use these materials to better themselves and society as lifelong learners.


Library and information science graduates have many options for employment. Alumni hold positions in public, school, special, and academic libraries as well as other information settings. They serve in varied roles, such as information consultant, database manager, library administrator, webmaster, network coordinator, cataloger, children's librarian, school library media specialist, and archivist.

The school shares announcements of national and international job opportunities through an electronic mailing list. In addition, the Library and Information Science Student Organization (LISSO) sponsors talks by speakers versed in areas of librarianship as well as workshops on résumé writing, social media networking, and interviewing. Internships and other opportunities provide students with hands-on experience that may enhance their job prospects.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Book Studies
  • The Book in the Middle Ages
  • The Transition from Manuscript to Print
  • Cultural Foundations
  • Computing Foundations
  • Conceptual Foundations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  • Copy of teaching certificate (for School Media Certification only)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29379 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29379 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    30810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30810 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11863 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11863 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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