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Library and Information Science

Master of Arts


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 37
Cost Per Credit: $900
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Program Details

The Master of Arts in Library and Information Science (MA LIS) is the only accredited program by the American Library Association in Arizona offered by the only iSchool in Arizona.  The degree covers various disciplines, ethics, and values of library and information science augmented by an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and information.

Depending on your career interests, you can concentrate your coursework in areas such as: 

  • archival studies
  • academic or public librarianship
  • digital information management & curation
  • legal information, law librarianship & scholarly communication
  • medical and community health information

Our curriculum reflects the diversity of library and information environments. It touches the areas students will eventually work and the populations they will serve.

The MA LIS is a 37-unit degree program accredited by the American Library Association.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

LIS 504: Foundations of Library and Information Services
LIS 506: Research Methods for Library Information Professionals
LIS 515: Organization and Information



Earning your Master of Arts in Library and Information Science will build core skills, including:

  • Knowledge of special collections
  • Archiving
  • Digitization and curation
  • Information management

Graduates of the Library and Information Science (MA) will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Public Librarian
  • Children's Librarian
  • School Librarian
  • Academic Librarian
  • Law Librarian
  • Health Sciences Librarian
  • Special Collections Librarian
  • Hospital Data Curator
  • Health Science Librarian
  • Medical Data Analyst
  • Law Analyst
  • Hospital Data Curator
  • Archivist
  • Digital Curator
  • Records Manager