Work with people, information, and technology to solve problems and promote the public good. The iSchool Online Master’s Degree prepares you for information, data and information technology work in library, nonprofit and business settings.

Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison Online Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies offered by the Information School (iSchool) , combines a top research university academic experience with strong community, excellence in career and academic advising, and personal attention.  The quality of the iSchool experience is reflected in our graduates’ strong job placement rates in national comparative statistics.


You’ll learn to use, develop, and manage cutting-edge technologies to promote information access and use, and data management. The 39-credit program includes a one-week residency at the beginning of the first year, which allows you to meet and work with faculty, staff, and members of your cohort. Orientation and training will prepare you to be an effective online learner.


Our Online Master’s Degree balances flexibility for students with a high-quality academic program and dedicated career services and advising staff. A required 120-hour field-experience practicum, near your home, prepares you to apply what you learn in a real-world setting, while polishing your career skills and gaining real-world experience. The program is fully accredited.


What you learn

  • Acquire skills to become an innovative, problem-solving leader
  • Gain real world experience through a required field practicum to hit the ground running upon graduation
  • Master technologies and techniques crucial to the rapidly changing information professions
  • Enhance critical thinking, advocacy and evaluation skills for your professional practice
  • Understand the ethical, policy and cultural implications of changes in the information society
  • Online coursework in four concentration areas: librarianship, data/information management and analytics, user experience design and information technology, and organization of information and data

Where & how you learn


  • Online, in primarily asynchronous courses, with some synchronous, online meetings
  • Although your courses are asynchronous, coursework follows the UW–Madison semester schedule, with timed content units, discussion board topics, and due dates for exercises and final projects


  • Complete a five-day residential “boot camp” to begin the program
  • Participate in online sessions, a field-experience practicum, and completion of an e-portfolio

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All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. An undergraduate program that includes breadth in liberal arts and sciences is required.
  • Any major is acceptable; undergraduate coursework in library and information studies should not be so extensive as to dilute the liberal arts component of the bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or the equivalent based on the last 60 semester hours or a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. GRE scores are not required.
  • Provide an English proficiency test score if your native language is not English or your undergraduate instruction was not in English.


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Heather Johnson wanted to go back to school for a master’s degree in library studies, but couldn’t do it the traditional way. She found the flexibility she needed in UW–Madison’s iSchool Online Master’s program.

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