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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 (  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

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 of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Barb Vandervelde
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kathryn Chavez
Director of Graduate Studies
Martin H Fricke
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements


Please complete this online application for admission to the Graduate College with a mandatory application fee.  As part of the online application, you are required to submit the following materials.  Please do not email or mail these materials to the School of Information or Graduate College.  These materials are to be uploaded to your online application:

  • Upload unofficial transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended in ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Upload unofficial GRE scores in ‘Supplemental Questions’ section (optional);
  • Upload unofficial TOEFL scores in ‘Supplemental Questions’ section (international students only);
  • Upload a current resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Write a 750-1000 word written statement of introduction and interest in the program in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Provide email addresses and contact information for two (2) recommenders in the ‘Letters of Recommendation’ section.

Please email official e-Transcripts to directly from the institution or mail one (1) official transcript to the following address (do not send to the Graduate College).  Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended are required.

School of Information
The University of Arizona
Harvill 409
1103 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85721


Standardized Tests

GRE scores are not required, however the School of Information will consider them as supporting evidence if provided. The GRE does not take the place of the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement.


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 is available for Winter or Summer.

Fall Semester: February 15

Spring Semester: October 15

All students must complete the online FAFSA application.  Financial aid, awarded for both academic achievement and financial need, is available from School of Information. Please see the School of Information Financial Aid webpage for information:

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.

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

Admissions Deadlines

Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 15

Spring Semester: October 15

Summer Semester: March 15


International Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 15

Spring Semester: September 1

Summer Semester: March 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 ( for assistance.***

International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

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 Degree Requirements web page.

Core Courses (12 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

698: Capstone Internship - 3 credits

Distributed Electives Areas (12 credits)

Students must take 12 credits of electives, distributed over 4 categories. The curriculum committee approves the courses that fulfill the distribution requirement in each category.

  • Cultural Perspectives on Libraries and Information - 3 credits
  • Information Services and Evaluation - 3 credits
  • Management of Information Services - 3 credit
  • Information Technology & Networked Digital Information - 3 credits

LIS Electives (6 credits)

Six credits of electives can be selected among LIS 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 on the Degree Requirements web page.


Free Electives (6 credits)

Six credits from any related coursework and can include individual studies, transfer credits or other courses.

Final Requirements (1 credits)

909: ePortfolio (Electronic Portfolio) 

Minor Requirements

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

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Last revised 09 Oct 2019