Online Masters in Library & Information Studies

Join us at SLIS for a progressive, forward-thinking program grounded in the ideal of information as a means to improve society. We will challenge you and expand your horizons to support you in becoming an innovative professional.

  • Continuously accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since accreditation began
  • Small class sizes, accessible instructors, individual attention
  • Join a community of learners, work with fellow students in a culture that is friendly, supportive and collaborative
  • Orientation and training prepares you to be an effective online learner
  • Required field-practicum gets students real world experience to hit the ground running upon graduation
  • Affordable tuition - comparable to Wisconsin resident graduate tuition per credit
  • Excellent career services and advising
  • Strong placement rates as reported in Library Journal
  • Flexible schedule for busy students balancing careers, family and their education
  • No GRE requirement for admission

Is the Online Program right for you?

  • Please READ THIS prior to submitting an application if you live in one of these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Maryland or Massachusetts.

Courses and Specializations

Courses in the online program are delivered using a variety of technology tools based on the course content and the instructor's teaching style. Some courses will have narrated, online lectures, others may have some synchronous meetings using web conferencing software. In all courses, interaction will occur among students as well as between students and instructors.


The LIS master’s degree is a generalist degree. Some specializations, particularly Archives and Records Administration and School Library Media, are not available via distance. Beyond the basic requirements, some students choose to specialize in particular areas, such as type of library (Academic, Public, Special) or follow a technology-focused course of study. See the related links for suggested course concentrations.