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.

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.

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.

Credits and Courses 

Degree Requirements

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 8 core courses for 24 hours. In sum, for 54 credit hours a student can complete both the MLIS and MSIST degrees. Degrees will be awarded simultaneously.

  • See the MSIST page and the MLIS page for more information.

Information Science and Technology MS

The program requires 36 graduate-level credits, including eight, 3-credit core courses and 12 credits of electives.

Core Courses
INFOST 547User-Centered Interaction Design3
INFOST 582Introduction to Data Science3
INFOST 583Survey of Information Security3
INFOST 584Survey of Web and Mobile Content Development3
COMPST 701Computing Fundamentals for IT Professionals3
COMPST 702Software Development in Python3
COMPST 703Software Development Life Cycle3
Culminating Course3
Electives
Select 12 credits from one of the transcript designated tracks below12
Total Credits36
Electives
Electives for the User Interaction & Human Computer Interaction Track
INFOST 465Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services (G)3
INFOST 670Instructional Technologies3
INFOST 685Electronic Publishing and Web Design3
INFOST 691Special Topics in Information Science:1-3
INFOST 717Information Architecture3
INFOST 788Information Systems: Analysis and Design3
ARCH 583Emerging Digital Technology:3
ARCH 782Visualization 13
ARCH 783Visualization 23
ART 412Advanced Creative Technologies3
ART 423Experimental Typography3
ART 496Sequence and Structure3
ART 929Advanced Research-Design & Digital Media1-4
COMPSCI 459Fundamentals of Computer Graphics3
COMPSCI 522Computer Game Design3
COMPSCI 718Advanced Computer Graphics: Modeling and Animation3
COMPSCI 737Software Project Management3
COMPSCI 743Intelligent User Interfaces3
COMPSCI 747Principles & Practices of User Interface Design3
GEOG 403Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis4
GEOG 405Cartography4
GEOG 525Geographic Information Science4
GEOG 804Advanced Remote Sensing (Previously numbered Geog 703)3
Electives for the Web and Mobile Application Design Track
INFOST 465Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services (G)3
INFOST 691Special Topics in Information Science:1-3
INFOST 717Information Architecture3
INFOST 788Information Systems: Analysis and Design3
ART 325Web Design II3
ART 302Art and Design Workshop:3
ART 524Professional Practice in Design:3-6
BUS ADM 810Development of Web-Based Solutions3
BUS ADM 747Service-Oriented Analysis and Design3
COMPSCI 481Server-side Internet Programming (G)3
COMPSCI 482Rich Internet Applications (Client Side)3
GEOG 525Geographic Information Science4
Electives for the Information Security Track
INFOST 465Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services (G)3
INFOST 691Special Topics in Information Science:1-3
INFOST 761Information Privacy3
INFOST 788Information Systems: Analysis and Design3
BUS ADM 817Connected Systems for Business3
COMPSCI 469Introduction to Computer Security3
COMPSCI 520Computer Networks3
Electives for the Data Science Track
INFOST 465Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services (G)3
INFOST 691Special Topics in Information Science:1-3
INFOST 714Metadata3
INFOST 716Thesaurus Construction3
INFOST 719Advanced Topics in Information Organization3
INFOST 780XML for Libraries3
INFOST 783Information Storage and Retrieval3
INFOST 785Database Managment Systems for Information Professionals3
INFOST 788Information Systems: Analysis and Design3
BUS ADM 749Data and Information Management3
BUS ADM 816Business Intelligence Technologies & Solutions3
BUS ADM 810Development of Web-Based Solutions3
BUS ADM 741Web Mining and Analytics3
GEOG 525Geographic Information Science4
HCA/COMPSCI 744Text Retrieval and Its Applications in Biomedicine3
HCA 760Biomedical and Healthcare Terminology and Ontology3
Electives for the Generalist Track
Select 12 credit hours with the faculty advisor’s guidance12

Basic Required MLIS Courses

Core Courses12
Foundations of Library and Information Science
Organization of Information
Information Access and Retrieval
Research Methods in Information Studies
Other MLIS courses18
Total Credits30

Important

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

All degree requirements must be completed within seven years from the date of initial enrollment in the Master’s program.