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.
MLIS/MS Urban Studies
A Master of Science in Urban Studies/Master of Library and Information Science program to prepare students for positions as urban information specialists, 54 credits.
Credits and Courses
Students in the MS/MLIS program follow all of the requirements and standards as described in this section of the Bulletin with the following joint exceptions: 21 of the 24 credits, including the optional 3 credits for a master’s thesis, required for the Urban Studies portion of the joint degree are taken within USP. All courses in related areas and any exceptions to the 21 credit rule must be reviewed by the Coordinator of Urban Studies. All courses selected are expected to be consistent with the objectives of the Urban Studies program.
The minimum degree requirement is 30 graduate credits. All Urban Studies students are required to take a core curriculum of 15 credits:
|Select an approved quantitative analysis course||3|
|URB STD 921||Seminar: Research Methods in Urban Studies||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Seminar: Urban Social Structure|
|Seminar in Urban Political Process|
|The Internal Structure of the City|
|Seminar on the History of American Urban Problems|
Students may opt to enroll in URB STD 990 and earn up to 3 credits toward the MS degree for their paper/thesis research and writing.
Basic Required MLIS Courses
|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.
Paper or Thesis
A master’s paper or thesis is required to receive the MS degree in Urban Studies. A master’s paper may be developed from a seminar paper and should demonstrate conceptual ability and research competence in a sub-area of Urban Studies. It is expected that the master’s paper will be prepared in a scholarly fashion conforming to the format characteristics of journal articles published in the chosen area of study.
A master’s thesis is a more formal document of greater breadth and depth than a master’s paper. Students should refer to Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Format Requirements for information regarding preparation and review of the thesis.
Regardless of the option chosen, the student, in consultation with the faculty advisor, must assemble a committee of three faculty (two of whom cannot be from the same department and must be USP faculty) who will serve as the paper or thesis examination committee. The student must pass an oral examination based on the paper or thesis.