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Program/Degree
Library & Information Science (MA) 
Program Description

The School of Information's Master or Arts in Library and Information Science program is accredited by the American Library Association (http://www.ala.org/).  The program focuses on information organization, digitial information, health sciences, law and culture.  Students prepare for careers in libraries, museums, archives, government and business information centers.  This degree program is a total of 37 units.

Below are the current concentrations offered with the MA degree program.  Some concentrations are offered as a graduate certificate program.

Academic Librarianship
Archival Studies (Certificate)
Digital Information Management (Certificate)
Law Librarianship (Certificate)
Legal Information and Scholarly Communication (Certificate)
Medical and Community Health Information (Certificate)
Public Librarianship
Special Librarianship

The MA in Library and Information Science is also offered as a fully online program through UA Online.  For more information, please see uaonline.arizona.edu.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Information -

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge.  At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.

We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.

 
College
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
John J Potenza
520-621-1188
Graduate Program Coordinator
John J Potenza
520-621-1188
Director of Graduate Studies
Hong Cui
520-621-3565
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Jessica N Kniest
520-626-1930
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements:

A completed application to the Graduate College must include:

  • An online application for admission to the Graduate College with a $85 application fee via a credit card.
    No transcripts are to be sent to the Graduate College.

A completed application of materials for the graduate program, sent directly to School of Information (SI), must include:

  • A 750-1000 word, double spaced statement detailing why the applicant is interested in the field of information resources and library science. This statement should reflect some knowledge of the directions of the field and what the role of professionals in the field might be in the future. The statement should demonstrate excellent organizational and writing abilities. The statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic abilities and/or professional potential. The letters should focus on the applicant's interest in and commitment to the library and information science profession and on the applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate program. Letters should be written by faculty members, work supervisors, or other professional colleagues. The letters should be dated (no more than one year old) and in sealed envelopes from the author. There is no form for these letters. A recommendation letter may be mailed directly to SI from the author or may be submitted by the applicant in a sealed envelope.
  • Two official transcripts from each college or university attended in sealed envelopes.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae. The resume may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • If applicable, a complete SI financial aid form with a narrative statement of financial need included. The form and statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.

Send admissions materials to:

School of Information
The University of Arizona
Harvill Building, Room 409
1103 E 2nd Street
Tucson, Arizona 85721 

Items sent electronically should be directed to si-info@email.arizona.edu.

 
Standardized Tests

GRE scores are not required, however the School of Information will accept them as compensating factors for admission.   

 

 
Financial Aid

Priority deadlines for School of Information financial aid applications are below. Financial aid applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a funds available basis. Students and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid even if the priority deadline has passed.
No financial aid for Winter or Summer.

Fall Semester: April 1

Spring Semester: November 1 

All students must complete the online FAFSA application.  Financial aid, awarded for both academic achievement and financial need, is available from School of Information. Interested applicants must complete the Financial Aid Form. Both current students and new students accepted for admission are eligible for financial aid.  School of Information financial aid is awarded in the fall for the ensuing academic year. A majority of students receive aid of some type but you must apply on time.

General Eligibility Requirements: Students receiving financial aid are required to maintain full-time enrollment status (6 credits) and maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree, defined at a minimum as a GPA of at least 3.0. Students who have not matriculated into a School of Information degree or certificate program are not eligible for financial aid. Students receiving financial aid must possess a valid United States Social Security Number.

Special Eligibility Requirements: Individual scholarships may impose additional or other eligibility criteria..

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic and **International Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1 
  • **International Applicants: Per immigration regulations, students admitted to a graduate program must enroll in a total of 9 units, of which 6 of those units must be courses taught in-person and only 3 online units may be used toward full-time enrollment. For questions regarding enrollment, please contact the School of Information (si-info@email.arizonal.edu) for assistance.
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Library and Information Science requires a total of 37 credits to complete.  Please see the requirements below.  More information can be found on the SI Policy - Graduate webpage, http://ischool.arizona.edu/master-arts-library-and-information-science.

Core Courses (15 credits)

504: Foundations of Library and Information Services - 3 credits

506: Research Methods for Library and Information Professionals - 3 credits

515: Organization of Information - 3 credits

520: Ethics for Library and Information Professionals - 3 credits

698: Capstone Internship Exit - 3 credits
 

Distributed Electives Areas (9 credits)

Students must take 9 credits of electives, distributed over 3 categories. The curriculum committee approves the courses that fulfill the distribution requirement in each category.

  • Cultural Perspectives on Libraries and Information - 3 credits
    We live in a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and increasing global world. SIRLS offers a range of courses that look at library and information issues from cultural perspectives. Learning to view knowledge and information issues through various cultural lenses makes it easier to understand that there are always multicultural perspectives to library and information issues, services, and technologies. One course is required from approved courses in this area to satisfy this requirements.
     
  • Evaluation of User Needs and Management of Information Services - 3 credits
    A primary task for library and information professionals is to evaluate the quality of information resources. For example, whether they are working at the reference desk or making collection development decisions, librarians need to be able to select appropriate materials that will effectively meet the information needs of the patron.  Library and information professionals are invariably called upon to act as managers of information services and frequently become managers of information-based institutions. As a result, they need to be familiar with the basic principles of management and how these principles apply in the context of an information service such as a library. It is strongly recommended that students fulfill the management requirement in the second half of their studies. One course is required from approved courses in this area to satisfy this requirement.
     
  • Information Technology and Networked Digital Information - 3 credits
    Information technologies and digital networked information are an increasingly important part of the knowledge and information environment of the 21st Century. Library and information professionals need to understand these technologies and be able to use them to manage both print knowledge and information records and the increasingly ubiquitous digital information resources. One course is required from approved courses in this area to satisfy this requirement.


Electives (12 credits)

Twelve credits of electives can be selected among any graduate-level courses offered within the School of Information.  Students can choose to focus their electives within a certain concentration of interest. Six credts of electives can be used toward 'Other Curricular' options.  More information can be found in the SI Policy-Graduate webpage, http://ischool.arizona.edu/master-arts-library-and-information-science


Final Requirements (1 credits)

909: ePortfolio (Electronic Portfolio) - 1 credit

 
Minor Requirements

No minor program required for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program.

 
Student Handbook
http://ischool.arizona.edu/master-arts-library-and-information-science  
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Last revised 17 Oct 2016