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.
Archival Studies (Certificate)
Digital Information Management (Certificate)
Law Librarianship (Certificate)
Legal Information and Scholarly Communication (Certificate)
Medical and Community Health Information (Certificate)
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.
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.
Please complete this online application for admission to the Graduate College with a $85 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 inputted into your online application:
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School of Information
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1103 E 2nd Street
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GRE scores are not required, however the School of Information will accept them as compensating factors for admission.
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: 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. Please see the School of Information Financial Aid webpage for information: https://ischool.arizona.edu/graduate-student-aid.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.***
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.
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
No minor program required for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program.