General Information

Program/Degree
Library & Information Science (MA) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The School of Information's Accelerated Masters Program is designed for exceptional undergraduate students to complete a BA in Information Science and eSociety and a MA in Library and Information Science in as little as 5 years!  This program is for undergraduate majors in Information Science and eSociety, desiring to continue as a graduate student to complete a MA in Library and Information Science.  Eager students wanting to graduate as soon as possible with both an undergraduate and graduate degree, that have an excellent academic record and can balance an intense program of study, are encouraged to apply.

Graduates with a MA in Library and Information Science can look forward to starting a career as a librarian or an information specialist.
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

 

 
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
Anne Marie Summons
520-626-5230
Graduate Program Coordinator
Anne Marie Summons
520-626-5230
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. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Minimum AMP Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate UA.
  • Completion of at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in their major at the University of Arizona’s main campus. Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.
  • Completion or near completion of general education requirements.
  • Submission of a graduate application and payment of a graduate application fee.
  • Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program.
  • Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded. 

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:

  • Completed and approved Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate classes form, https://grad.arizona.edu/gcforms/sites/gcforms/files/page/undergradenrollment.pdf
  • 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 409
1103 E 2nd St
Tucson, AZ 85721

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

 
Standardized Tests

While scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required, applicants may submit GRE test scores if they feel these make a stronger case for admission. 

International student applicants whose native language is not English do need to submit test scores to proof English proficiency.  Minimum score requirements are below.

The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Minimum TOEFL (PB): 550
 Minimum TOEFL (iBT): 79
Minimum IELTS (composite): 7
Minimum IELTS (no subject area): 6
Minimum PTE: 60

 
Financial Aid

We encourage all of our graduate students who qualify and have a good academic standing to apply for School of Information (SI) Financial Aid.  SI Financial Aid is available for Fall and Spring term.  No Summer funding is available.  Financial Aid can be awarded in the form of grants, scholarships and graduate assistantships.  Please see more information and download the application here: http://si.arizona.edu/graduate-student-aid.  The term deadlines for application are:

Fall semester - March 1st
Spring semester - November 1st

 

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: June 1
 
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

ACCELERATED MASTERS PROGRAM (AMP) in Library Information Science

Sample 5-year Plan

This student would complete a minimum of 114 undergraduate units (36 units in the major) and 37 units of graduate work in order to complete the combined BA/MA in eSoc/LIS.
Graduate work is indicated in italics.

Year One: Undergraduate First Term

  • ENGL 101or 107or 109H.....3 units
  • MATH 105 or PHIL 110.....3 units
  • Foreign Lang. Year 1 Sem 1.....4-5 units
  • INDV tier1.....3 units
  • NATS tier 1.....3 units

Total: 16-17 units

Year One: Undergraduate Second Term

  • ENGL 102 or 108.....3 units
  • Foreign Lang. Year 1 Sem 2.....4-5 units
  • INDV tier1.....3 units
  • NATS tier1.....3 units
  • TRAD tier1.....3 units

Total: 16-17units
 

Year Two: Undergraduate Third Term

  • Foreign Lang. Year 2 Sem 1.....4-5 units
  • TRAD tier 1.....3 units
  • ESOC Intro. Course.....3 units
  • ESOC Intro. Course.....3 units
  • Minor course.....3 units

Total: 16-17 units

Year Two: Undergraduate Fourth Term

  • Foreign Lang.  Year 2 Sem 2.....4-5 units
  • Arts tier2.....3 units
  • ESOC Intro Course.....3 units
  • ESOC Core Course.....3 units
  • Minor course.....3 units

Total: 16-17 units
 

Year Three: Undergraduate Fifth Term

  • Humanities tier 2.....3 units
  • NATS tier 2.....3 units
  • ESOC Core Course.....3 units
  • ESOC Meth/Analysis Course.....3 units
  • Minor course…..3 units

Total: 15 units

*AMP applications due at end of this semester

Year Three: Undergraduate Sixth Term

  • ESOC Meth/Analysis Course.....3 units
  • ESOC Core Course.....3 units
  • ESOC Core Course.....3 units
  • Minor Course.....3 units
  • Minor Course.....3 units

Total: 15 units

*Notification of acceptance to AMP Feb/March


Year Four: AMP (Year One, First Term)

  • Minor course.....3 units
  • LIS 504.....3 units
  • LIS 5?? (Dist Ele. Culture).....3 units
  • ESOC Engaged Learning.....3 units

Total: 12 units

*LIS 504, and other graduate courses are available in the summer.


Year Four: AMP (Year One, Second Term)

  • LIS 5?? (Dist Ele. Eval./Mgmt).....3 units
  • LIS 5?? (Dist. Ele. IT).....3 units
  • LIS Grad. Level Elective.....3 units
  • LIS Grad. Level Elective…..3 units

Total: 12 units

 

Year Five: AMP (Year Two, Third Term)

  • LIS 506.....3 units
  • LIS 515.....3 units
  • LIS 520.....3 units

Total: 9 units

Year Five: AMP (Year Two, Fourth Term)

  • LIS 698 (Capstone)…….......3 units
  • LIS Grad. Level Elective.....3 units
  • LIS Grad. Level Elective.....3 units
  • LIS 909 (eportfolio)……….1 unit

Total: 10 units

 
Minor Requirements

No minor program required for the AMP in Library and Information Science program.

 
Student Handbook
http://ischool.arizona.edu/master-arts-library-and-information-science  
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Last revised 27 Oct 2016