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.

Degree Requirements

  • 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.

MLIS Component

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.

MLIS/MA Women's and Gender Studies

The coordinated program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to evolving information retrieval and organization, and the field of feminist research and scholarship.

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

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.


Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately, and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the Women's and Gender Studies MA of the College of Letters and Science, and the Library and Information Science MLIS of the School of Information Studies.

Credit and Courses

The MA in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) normally has a minimum requirement of 30 credits from Women's and Gender Studies courses. For the coordinated MA WGS/MLIS degree program, however, students can substitute 6 credits in Information Studies for 6 credits of WGS courses. This program, therefore, requires a total of 54 credits. Students must complete the 30 credits required for the MLIS component and the 24 credits in WGS courses as specified below.

Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 700Feminist Issues and Scholarship3
WGS 701Feminisms in Global Context3
WGS 710Advanced Feminist Theory3
WGS 711Feminist Epistemologies and Research Practices3
WGS 740Advanced Queer Theory3
Select one WGS G or U/G course 13
Select 6 elective credits in WGS or WGS cross-listed courses (not SOIS), in consultation with the WGS Director of Graduate Studies. Of these electives, 3 credits may be thesis credits (WGS 990). 6
Total Credits24

Excluding WGS 497, WGS 700, WGS 990, WGS 999.

Total WGS credits: 24 (maximum of 6 U/G cr; and maximum 3 cr of WGS 999)

Library and Information Science

INFOST 501Foundations of Library and Information Science3
INFOST 511Organization of Information3
INFOST 571Information Access and Retrieval3
INFOST 799Research Methods in Information Studies3
Select 18 credits in consultation with a SOIS faculty advisor.18
Total Credits30

Total MLIS Credits: 30 (min of 33 with SOIS thesis option)

Total Credits for Coordinated Program: 54 (57 with SOIS thesis)

The credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other. A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.


You must refer to the catalog pages of both individual master's programs to ensure that you meet all requirements for both degrees.

Additional Requirements

Time Limit

Students in the coordinated MA/MLIS degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.