M.Sc. On Campus Online

Library and Information Science

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

18 months
958 USD/credit 25546 USD/year
663 USD/credit 17680 USD/year
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Consistently ranked as the best program of its kind, the Library and Information Science degree at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign—offered both online and on campus—provides an exceptional professional education. 


Students in the Library and Information Science program from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign gain the skills they need to creatively and effectively manage, analyze, and preserve information. 

Graduates go on to fill leadership positions in a variety of information settings, including public, academic, and school libraries as well as healthcare, business, and science. 


You have the opportunity to choose from six professional pathways at the intersection of people, information, and technology:

  • Archival and special collections
  • Youth and school librarianship
  • Information organization and management
  • Research and information services
  • Data and asset management
  • Knowledge management and competitive intelligence

Programme Structure

  • Students complete 40 graduate credit hours to earn an MS in library and information science. 
  • All MS/LIS students must complete the two required courses, IS 505 Information Organization and Access (4 credit hours) and IS 510 Libraries, Information, and Society (2 or 4 credit hours) during the first academic year of enrollment in their degree program. 
  • These courses are foundational for all areas of the field and provide a context for future coursework in areas of specialization. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 18 months

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40 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • While a bachelor's degree is required for admission, your degree can be in any discipline. If you earned a 3.0 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate study, you do not need to submit GRE or GMAT scores. 
  • For those with a GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, GRE test scores are required. However, if an applicant has a JD, MD, or a PhD degree, they would be exempt from the GRE requirement. In addition to the online application, admission requirements include:
  • Three letters of reference
  • A resumé
  • A personal statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25546 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 958 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    17680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 663 USD per credit during 18 months.

Living costs for Urbana

1100 - 1500 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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