Future Students

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Why GSLIS?

  • Information professionals play a key role in scientific discovery, technological innovation, and business success.
  • Librarians connect the people in a community and connect a community to the world.
  • Information is at the center of every problem and every solution.
  • GSLIS is the top-ranked library and information science school in the nation.

The workforce is evolving and students need skills that can directly translate to a rapidly shifting technogical environment. The field of library and information science focuses on the intersection of people, information, and technology, and a GSLIS education provides graduates with the knowledge and experience to make a real difference through their work. GSLIS students receive a professional education from the top-ranked LIS school in the nation, with opportunities to specialize in a variety of professional areas. GSLIS students learn from an internationally renowned faculty, gain experience in a variety of information service settings across the country through our practicum course, apply for hands-on assistantships within the nation's largest public university library, and connect with a vast alumni network who work for top corporations, libraries, research institutions, and technology developers.

Students can specialize in a number of areas including data curation, socio-technical data analytics, community informatics, youth services, and more. Students also enjoy the flexbility of our degree programs, including the opportunity to study at a distance from a recognized leader in online education. For over 120 years, GSLIS graduates have stood at the edge of the profession, peered into the future, and led the way into new and exciting directions.

Learn more about our programs and connect with us via your personalized Illinois Connect page!

Degrees offered

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Our master's program has long been ranked the top program in the country, and our reputation for excellence is well earned. A professional master's degree from GSLIS will prepare you to compete in today's job market—where future success relies on the ability to manage, understand, and leverage vast amounts of information to solve real-world problems.

square-bullet.png Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

The CAS is available to those who hold a master's degree in library and information science and want to update their skills, gain greater specialization, or redirect their careers. In addition to the formal digital libraries concentration, other examples of areas of concentration include library and information center administration, information technology, and information management.

square-bullet.png Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our doctoral program offers the opportunity to work with faculty whose work defines the field, preparing students for vibrant research careers in a wide range of academic, business, and government settings. Doctoral students come from a broad range of backgrounds that contribute to a collaborative and innovative community of scholars that is at the forefront of the information revolution.

Pursue your degree on campus or online

For more than seventeen years, GSLIS has been at the cutting edge of online education in LIS. Since its beginning, our popular online option, affectionately called LEEP, has been an innovative hybrid program that combines web-based education with brief periods of on-campus instruction. LEEP students build a strong community and share knowledge with fellow students, both online and offline. GSLIS is always working to keep students connected to each other and equipped with top academic resources and classroom technology.

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University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is considered one of the finest universities in the world. With a wealth of resources, including the largest public university research library in the US and highly ranked departments, Illinois has long been recognized for accomplishments in research and graduate education.

Whether you live on campus, or just visit a few times a year as a LEEP student, you'll find the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign have much to offer—including world class performing arts, live music, vibrant downtown areas with quality restaurants of all kinds, and Big Ten sports.