Applications for Fall 2024 are now open

Apply by February 1, 2024 for priority admission consideration.

Single Degree Program Options

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On Campus MA

We offer an innovative on-campus Master's Degree in LIS

On Campus MA
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Online MA

Information on our completely online MA in LIS

Online MA
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Teacher Librarian (TL) Program

Information on our program for licensed teachers to become Teacher Librarians

TL Program
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Undergrad to Grad Program

Information on our Undergrad to Grad Program for Iowa Students

Undergrad to Grad Program

Areas of Specialization

Whether you are an on campus or online student, you have the option of choosing a more generalist degree or focusing on a specific area within the field of LIS.

Go to list of Specialized Focus Areas

Joint Degree Program Options

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Joint MA/MFA

Information on our joint MA/MFA degree option with Iowa's Center for the Book


Joint JD/MA

Information on our joint JD/MA Program with the UI College of Law

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Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

You can pursue an MA in LIS with your Ph.D. program at Iowa

Ph.D/MA in LIS


Below, you will see some options for Graduate Certficates you can pursue as a SLIS student. Please note that only the Special Collections Certificate is available to fully remote students. Many of the other certificates are only available to on-campus students due to the nature, availability, and delivery methods of the courses involved that are outside of our department.

Student Life

Many students take full advantage of all that Iowa City has to offer. Throughout the year major writers, artists, poets, historians, scientists, and others speak or perform in University venues or read at local bookstores. Downtown Iowa City boasts restaurants and shopping opportunities for every taste and budget. In the summers, Iowa City sponsors the Summer of the Arts which includes: the Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Friday Night Concert Series, and Free Movie Series. Iowa City frequently appears high on best places to live listings. The nearby countryside, state parks, Lake McBride, and the Iowa River provide many opportunities for walking, biking, and boating.

The Iowa City  area includes Coralville, North Liberty , Solon , and other small towns with a total population of about 100,000. Twenty miles to the north is Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, home to the Eastern Iowa Airport and a population of about 120,000. See what the Iowa City area has to offer.

The University both provides and attracts a wide variety of cultural opportunities, Big Ten athletic events, and a number of business endeavors resulting from scientific and educational research that originated at Iowa.

Students at Iowa enjoy a challenging program. Incoming students will find a friendly environment, where students are willing to collaborate with others.

All SLIS students are encouraged to participate in the Iowa chapter  of the American Library Association. The Library and Information Science Student Organization (LISSO) provides students with the opportunity to hear guest lectures, interact with faculty outside of the classroom setting, participate in presentations within and outside of the school, and share experiences from conferences and internships.