Department of Information and Library Science School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington, IN
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
in-state | out-of-state tuition
May 15
fall application deadline
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Master of Information Science Emphasizes Social and Behavioral Dimensions

The Master of Information Science (M.I.S.) places emphasis on the social and behavioral dimensions of information technology. Specialization tracks are human-computer interaction and communication, information architecture, information retrieval systems design, and strategic information management and leadership. This distinctive program prepares students for careers in areas such as information management, usability analysis, information architecture, online searching and information brokerage, competitive intelligence and research analysis, Webmaster and Web site design, digital libraries, and database development. The M.I.S. requires 42 credit hours for completion. The Indiana University M.I.S. degree is accredited by the American Library Association.

Master of Library Science Explores Both Print and Electronic Libraries

The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) explores the role of both print-based and electronic libraries in society. Policy issues and technological trends, how these influence libraries and information centers, how to manage and evaluate collections, responding to patrons' information needs, and using technology to improve access to strategic information resources are all emphasized. This quality program prepares students for careers in such areas as library administration, technical services, reference librarianship, and collection development at public, school, academic, corporate, and special libraries. The M.L.S. requires 36 credit hours for completion. The Indiana University M.L.S. degree is accredited by the American Library Association.

Ph.D. and Specialist Degrees Both Prepare Students for Success

The Ph.D. in information science prepares students for advanced research and teaching positions. Students develop a broad understanding of the content, methods, research, and theories of information science and of their relation to other fields of knowledge. In addition, the Specialist in Library and Information Science degree program (post-master's) offers a means of updating knowledge in a given area or of repositioning oneself to take advantage of changing career options and allows the student in-depth focus on a subject of particular interest.

ILS Offers an Unmatched Array of Dual/Joint Degree Programs

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) offers a wide range of dual master's degrees: the M.A./M.I.S. in Central Eurasian Studies, in folklore and ethnomusicology and in Russian and East European studies; the M.A./M.L.S. in African American and African diaspora studies, African studies, art history, comparative literature, English, folklore and ethnomusicology, history, history and philosophy of science, journalism, Latin American and Caribbean studies, musicology, music theory, and Russian and East European studies; the M.I.S./M.L.S. in information science and library science; the M.I.S./M.P.A. or M.L.S./M.P.A. in public affairs; and the M.L.S./J.D. in law. Specializations in African studies librarianship, archives and records management, art librarianship, chemical information, children's and young adult services, digital libraries, library technology, music librarianship, and rare books and manuscripts librarianship are also offered.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture Is Also Available to Students

Information architecture (IA) is the study of effective and efficient information systems and structures that provide access to collections of information resources. SLIS offers students the option of pursuing this area of study. The Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture (GCIA) provides a thorough introduction to this body of relevant knowledge and core skills and equips students with practical experience for their application in real-world situations. The GCIA validates that the holder of the certificate is a qualified information architect, and it affords an opportunity for practicing information architects to continue their professional development.

Students Benefit from Research Facilities, Resources, and Faculty

The School's numerous computer laboratories provide students access to a variety of platforms and an array of applications software, including database systems and Web development tools. Labs are designed to encourage experimentation, collaborative project work, and prototype development. One twenty-eight-workstation Macintosh lab offers the latest graphics and Web design tools and allows students to work with UNIX. SLIS is also home to the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science (CNS) Center and Information Visualization Laboratory (InfoVis). In addition to the quality research facilities, the numerous campus resources include the IU libraries, ranked fourteenth in North America in terms of holdings; University Information Technology Services (UITS), which operates one of the world's largest distributed computer networks; and the Lilly Library, one of the preeminent rare book collections in the nation. The diverse disciplinary backgrounds of the school's full-time faculty, as well as their attentiveness, ensure that students at all levels are exposed to a wide range of ideas, perspectives, and approaches. Graduates of the program can be found in virtually every state in the nation and many countries around the globe.

Location & Contact

Department of Information and Library Science

School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University Bloomington

1320 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-3907
United States

Dr. Howard Rosenbaum

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Phone: 812-855-3250

Rhonda Spencer

Director of Admissions

Phone: 812-855-2018
Fax: 812-855-6166

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Information Architecture Graduate Certificate
    • Information Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Information Science (MIS)
    • Juris Doctor/Master of Library Science (JD/MLS)
      Master of Information Science/Master of Arts (MIS/MA)
      Master of Liberal Studies/Master of Arts (MLS/MA)
      Master of Public Administration/Master of Library Science (MPA/MLS)
      Master of Public Affairs/Master of Information Science (MPA/MIS)
    • Library Science Master of Library Science (MLS)
    • Library And Information Science Specialist in Library and Information Science (Sp LIS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 170
    • Doctoral Degrees 4
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 1
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 242
    • Accepted 193
    • Acceptance Rate 79
    • Enrolled 71
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 15th December 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, 3 letters of reference
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, 3 letters of reference
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students209
    • Female Percentage70%
    • Male Percentage30%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students209
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Full-time Percentage70%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian87%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty16
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchScholarly communication, interface design, library and management policy, computer-mediated communication, information retrieval
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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