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/MS Anthropology

The MLIS/MS Anthropology Coordinated Degree Program (51 credits) prepares students for positions as curators of museum libraries; and as information specialists and researchers for local history collections and state historical societies. 

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.

Admission

An applicant must meet the UWM Graduate School requirements plus all admission requirements of both the School of Information Studies and the coordinated degree department. Please review the admission details of each program and contact an advisor with any questions.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in this program concurrently pursue the MS degree in Anthropology (21 credits in Anthropology—9 fewer elective credits) and the MLIS degree (30 credits in SOIS). Candidates for the coordinated degree program will be expected to fulfill the degree requirements of both programs. Degrees will be awarded simultaneously.

Credits and Courses

Students in the Master’s degree program in Anthropology are required to take a minimum of 30 credits, some of which are obtained by taking required courses. Required courses differ by concentration (requirements for students seeking to acquire a Certificate in Museum Studies are listed on that page.

Archaeology Concentration

Core
ANTHRO 801A Survey of Physical Anthropology3
ANTHRO 802Perspectives on Prehistory3
ANTHRO 803Survey of Cultural Anthropology3
Methods
ANTHRO 568Introduction to Anthropological Statistics3
Select one of the following:3
Anthropological Applications of GIS
Archaeology of Death
Zooarchaeology: Analysis of Faunal Remains
Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics
Techniques and Problems in Archaeology
Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation:
Archaeological Field School
Topics in Advanced Research Design in Anthropology
Or an alternative approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies
Advanced Seminar
ANTHRO 763Professionalism in Anthropology3
Electives
Select 12 credits12
Total Credits30

Biological Anthropology Concentration

Core
ANTHRO 801A Survey of Physical Anthropology3
ANTHRO 802Perspectives on Prehistory3
ANTHRO 803Survey of Cultural Anthropology3
Methods
ANTHRO 568Introduction to Anthropological Statistics3
Course approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies3
Advanced Seminar
Course approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies3
Electives
Select 12 credits12
Total Credits30

Cultural Anthropology Concentration

Core
ANTHRO 801A Survey of Physical Anthropology3
ANTHRO 802Perspectives on Prehistory3
ANTHRO 803Survey of Cultural Anthropology3
Methods
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology
Techniques and Problems in Ethnography
Introduction to Anthropological Statistics
Advanced Seminar
ANTHRO 940Seminar in Problems in Cultural Anthropology:3
Electives
Select 12 credits12
Total Credits30

Students may request a waiver for any of the above required courses except the advanced seminar. To request a waiver, a student must submit a letter to the Graduate Studies Committee. Requests must be accompanied by documentation demonstrating that the student is competent in the subject area of the course for which the waiver is sought. A waived course must be replaced by an anthropology course numbered 700 or above.

Students must maintain a B (3.0) average or better overall. The three core courses must be completed with an average of 3.0 or better. Students with a grade below a B in a core course subsequently accepted into the Ph.D. program must retake the course until they achieve a grade of B or better.

A thesis is required of all students; students may apply up to 6 credits of Research/Thesis courses toward meeting the minimum credits for the degree. The thesis must be formatted in accord with Graduate School requirements. Students will submit an electronic copy of the thesis to the Graduate School and a signed, unbound “hard” copy to the Department of Anthropology.

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.