Become a Volunteer & Leader in the Information Field
If you're looking for a high-quality educational program delivered by award-winning, full-time faculty, who will both challenge and support you - look no further. Our program is flexible and can be tailored to your career goals and interests. Not only will we prepare you for your first position in the information and library professions, we will also prepare you to be agile and flexible throughout your career, as you and the information landscape grow and change.
Program in Library & Information Sciences According to US Weekly News
Most Affordable Online Program in Library & Information Sciences*
Faculty Mentors & Personalized, 36 Hour Curriculum
Each admitted student is assigned to a faculty mentor/advisor, who personalizes your MSIS journey from start to finish! We ensure each student is paired to an advisor that aligns with student's professional interests.
Program coursework includes 27 hours of courses in the School of Information Sciences curriculum, while each student may take up to 9 hours of graduate courses outside of the School, including a maximum of 6 hours outside the college.
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Community-Building Experiential Learning Opportunities for Credit Hours
As a student in our program, you will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty on innovative, community-centered research projects. You will also have opportunities to engage in practical learning experiences in the field to sharpen your professional skills, solve real-world problems and help underserved populations.
Pioneering Online Information & Library Sciences Education
Our program was one of the first in the nation to provide online education options, and from the late 90s to today we have had extensive experience perfecting our real-time, online classes. In fact, we often hear from our students that our virtual classroom feels like a close-knit community because of the level of interaction among faculty and students.
A Message from SIS Director Diane Kelly
"As a first generation college graduate, I know the value of a quality educational program. I want that for you. We all do. Every faculty member, staff member and alumni of this School wants you to share in this profession and to have the very best educational experience possible. Whether you will join us on Rocky Top virtually or in-person, we look forward to welcoming you and helping you reach your intellectual and professional goals!"
Contact our MSIS program today to schedule a personal call with our director of graduate studies.
*Derived from a 2018 cost analysis of the 2017 US News & World Reports top 20 programs.