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Master of Science in Library and Information Science (LEEP)

The online LEEP Master of Science program equips individuals with the theories and practices of library and information science (LIS). Program objectives include: teaching graduates to anticipate and promote technological changes, fostering critical thinking about literature and research in LIS, and preparing for the evaluation and development of library services. Master's students design their own program of study. Professional pathways include archival and special collections, youth and K-12 services, information organization and management, research and information services, data and asset management, and knowledge management and competitive intelligence.

Delivery Method

A majority of the coursework is online and completed at the site chosen by the student. Students also are required to attend an on-campus Welcome Weekend in Champaign (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) during the fall or spring either during or immediately after their first semester of enrollment. Most classes require live Internet based interaction at regularly scheduled times. Other class work can be completed per the student's preferred time. Courses involve approximately 10-15 hours per week, including 2 hours of Internet time per week, per course.

Admission Requirements

  • A GPA of 3.0/4.0 for the junior and senior undergraduate years

  • Official or unofficial transcripts

  • Letters of reference (3)

  • GRE test results Note: GRE is required if GPA is less than 3.0/4.0 in last 2 years of undergraduate work.

  • Personal Statement Essay

  • Resume


Contact the iSchool admissions staff with questions regarding the admissions process at (800) 982-0914 or (217) 333-3280 and press "1" at the prompt. Applications are submitted electronically from iSchool website.

Transfer Policy

4 credit hours of non-LIS graduate level coursework from an accredited university may be transferred into the program or 8 hours of LIS coursework from an another ALA-accredited school. The 8 hours cannot be courses comparable to our 2 core courses.

Special Characteristics

Visit the iSchool website for detailed information on admission requirements, courseloads, scheduling options, and their certificate of advanced study.