In collaboration with several other academic units at UW-Milwaukee, SOIS offers students the opportunity to obtain two Master’s degrees concurrently—one in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and one in a subject area.
- The number of degree credits needed for each of the coordinated programs is usually 12 fewer than the sum of the two programs if they were not taken simultaneously. All degree requirements of each component must be satisfied.
- The MLIS portion of the coordinated degrees can be completed online.
- Prerequisite to the award of either degree in this program is the simultaneous award of its counterpart degree.
The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) component of each of the coordinated programs includes 30 credits of SOIS courses. These include the MLIS core courses (12 credits). The remaining 18 MLIS credits are selected from the School’s offerings in accordance with the student’s goals in the coordinated degree program.
MSIST/MS Information Science and Technology
A Master of Science in Information Science and Technology/Master of Library and Information Science program prepares students for positions in information technology in all types of libraries, 54 credits.
Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.
Credits and Courses
Thirty hours will be required for the MLIS and twenty-four for the MSIST. SOIS reduces the MLIS by 6 credit hours of electives in consideration of another master’s degree. The requirements for the MSIST are its 5 or 6 core courses plus 6 or 9 credits of elective coursework totaling 24 credits. In sum, for 54 credit hours a student can complete both the MLIS and MSIST degrees. Degrees will be awarded simultaneously.
Information Science and Technology (MS)
|INFOST 582||Introduction to Data Science||3|
|INFOST 583||Survey of Information Security||3|
|COMPST 701||Computing Fundamentals for IT Professionals||3|
|COMPST 703||Software Development Life Cycle||3|
|Programming proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following with a "C" or better:||0-3|
|Introduction to Application Development|
|R Programming for Business Analytics|
|Software Development in Python|
|Problem Solving with Object-Oriented Programming|
|Essential Programming for Health Informatics|
|Data Management and Visualization in R|
Programming Competency Examination
|INFOST 790||Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation||3|
|6-9 credits from any INFOST or COMPST course offerings from any of the Tracks. Number of credits is dependent on whether programming competency is demonstrated through coursework or examination.||6-9|
Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
|Foundations of Library and Information Science|
|Organization of Information|
|Information Access and Retrieval|
|Research Methods in Information Studies|
|Other MLIS courses||18|
You must refer to the catalog pages of both individual master's programs to ensure that you meet all requirements for both degrees.
All degree requirements must be completed within seven years from the date of initial enrollment in the Master’s program.