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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 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
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


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 AMP Admission Requirements:

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:

  • 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 Street
Tucson, AZ 85721

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

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:

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


International Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 15

Spring Semester: September 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

Completion Requirements

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.

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Last revised 07 Nov 2017