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UT Board of Trustees Approves Reduced Out-of-State Tuition Fees for DE Students

Spring 2018 SIS OrientationThe UT School of Information Sciences (SIS) is a nationally-ranked, American Library Association accredited program that is now more attractive to out-of-state students wishing to earn a Master’s of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS). The UT Board of Trustee voted on March 23, 2018 to approve a reduced out-of-state tuition structure for distance education students. SIS was one of the first programs in the country to develop and refine a MSIS distance education degree curriculum.  Students can elect to enroll in either the distance education program or on-campus program, although the tuition reduction only applies to out-of-state students in the distance education program.

Because the program can be completed online, it offers students the option to continue to work full or part time, avoid campus housing costs and maintain family responsibilities while earning a Master’s degree in Information Science. SIS offers a number of information-related, high-demand career paths for students which has made the program very attractive to both in-state students and prospective students beyond the borders of the state. The newly approved tuition rates will be effective beginning with Fall semester 2018.

“This tuition change will make the UT SIS program more realistic for many, many students that have long dreamed of earning a degree here,” said SIS Director Diane Kelly. “Our graduates go on to careers in traditional library roles as well as careers such as data analyst, data curator, user experience specialists, web developers and more. Because many of our courses are offered as synchronous distance education classes, it makes earning a graduate degree a reality for those that do not have the option of leaving their home, job and/or family to come to UT. The synchronous mode also affords students the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with faculty and each other. In others states, there may be limited options for earning a MSIS from an accredited program or limited career path options.”

Other fee changes were included with this Board of Trustees decision. The full list of tuition and fees can be viewed at Applications for the program can be found at

To learn more about career options available to MSIS graduates or for other questions, please contact the School at 865-974-2148 or