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Library and Information Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #421 (QS) , IA,
The MA in Library and Information Science is awarded by the Graduate College. The MA is offered as both a campus and online program, with or without a thesis. The University of Iowa also offers Combined Degree Programs in Library & Information Science.


The master program degree in Library and Information Science is offered by The University of Iowa.

Today's age is defined by the intersection of information, technology, and human creativity. In this context, library and information science is dedicated to understanding the nature of information, the interaction between information and communication technologies, the relationship between information and knowledge, the cognitive and affective aspects of knowledge acquisition, and the interface between people and information. It offers new knowledge, technological benefits, and professional expertise for every dimension of human affairs.

Library and information professionals take on many challenges in serving the needs of their constituencies—children and teachers, members of academic communities, employees of profit and nonprofit organizations, and the public at large—constituencies that range from information poor to information rich. They work in the contexts of issues such as information and communication technology, public and private information policy, managerial policy, and regional, national, and international economics.


  • The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is housed in the south wing of the University's Main Library, in a setting that promotes community among students, faculty, and staff and provides easy access to resources of the University of Iowa Libraries. Facilities are provided for the varied instructional and research activities of the school.
  • The school includes two classrooms dedicated for use by SLIS faculty and students. These rooms include a wired 28 workstation technology classroom (19 Macs, 9 PCs) fully equipped for videoconferencing, and a seminar classroom with a videoconferencing system and two large high-definition screens. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • 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

  • International

    30082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30082 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    30082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30082 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11141 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11141 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

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