Master of Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science Graduate Degree

The University of Washington’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) prepares professionals with a strong background in the theory and practice necessary to build the libraries and organizations of tomorrow. As you explore the uses, contexts and users of information you will develop the skills required to play an essential role in any knowledge intensive industry. MLIS alumni from the iSchool find work in private, government and non-profit sectors.

A Graduate Degree that Allows You to Thrive

The iSchool’s MLIS graduate degree program, ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, remains competitive by offering:

  • A collegial atmosphere both among students and between students and faculty
  • A low student/faculty ratio, which helps keep our admissions process competitive and the quality of our students high (See MLIS class profile)
  • The option to elect independent study, directed fieldwork, research projects and other opportunities to work closely with faculty members and area professionals
  • The ability to draw on the resources of the iSchool’s Informatics, Information Management, and Ph.D. in Information Science programs, as well as the resources of a world class, Tier 1 public research university
  • A strong track record of post-graduation employment in libraries, nonprofits and corporations

Continuously accredited by the American Library Association since 1926, the program is one of the most extensive ALA-accredited graduate degree programs in the country. (Read our recent accreditation presentation.) Our graduates have been named Librarian of the Year by Library Journal, New York Times Librarian of the Year, and garnered one of the American Association of Law Libraries’ most prestigious prizes for their energetic efforts to advance their field.

Curriculum That Prepares You to Grow and Lead

The MLIS core curriculum emphasizes the theoretical foundation necessary to make your education one you can use to build on throughout your career. Students will use their understanding of systems design, information literacy, information architecture, usability and similar disciplines to make the information environments we interact with every day more useful and useable. Empowered to adapt to a growing and changing field, you will learn to use information as a tool for transformation in your personal and professional lives.