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 where a letter grade is assigned, and the successful completion of a career development portfolio or thesis.

The 36 semester hours include 15 hours earned in core courses and 21 hours of SLIS elective coursework.

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

The first category consists of five core courses which provide a solid grounding for all successive course work:

  • Cultural Foundations
  • ​Conceptual Foundations
  • Computing Foundations
  • Evidence-Based Practice in LIS OR Organizational Management
  • Information and Inquiry

The second category is composed of SLIS elective coursework, allowing you to focus on your area of professional specialization. Select seven courses, or 21 s.h., from the elective category.

SLIS MA Curriculum Chart - Fall 2020
SLIS MA Curriculum Chart - Fall 2019
SLIS MA Curriculum Chart - Fall 2018
SLIS MA Curriculum Chart - Fall 2017

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.