The Master of Arts in library and information science requires 36 semester hours of graduate credit with a grade of 3.0 or above in all coursework applied towards the degree, and the successful completion of a career development portfolio or thesis.

The 36 semester hours include 12 hours earned in four required introductory-level courses, and 24 hours in additional SLIS coursework. As noted above, a thesis option, in lieu of a career development portfolio, is available for students who wish to gain more research experience.

The SLIS curriculum is structured in two tiers, building from a common curriculum into your chosen area of specialized concentration.

The first tier consists of four foundation courses which provide a solid grounding for all successive course work:

  • Cultural Foundations
  • ​Conceptual Foundations
  • Computing Foundations
  • Contextual Foundations (choose one):
    - College and University Libraries
    - Public Libraries
    - Special Libraries
    - School Library Media Administration

The second tier is composed of additional SLIS coursework, allowing you to focus on your area of professional specialization. Select eight courses, or 24 s.h., from the second tier.

SLIS MA Curriculum Chart - Fall 2018
SLIS MA Curriculum Chart - Fall 2017
SLIS MA Curriculum Chart - Fall 2016

SLIS Course Descriptions

For questions or clarification related to the curriculum, please contact the SLIS office at or 319-335-5709. We'll be happy to help you plan your coursework to best prepare for your career in librarianship.