The University Of Wisconsin Milwaukee School Of Information Studies has a diverse faculty that is best known for its teaching and research records. Students come here from all over the globe to study and earn their degrees. Graduates have been successfully employed in varying information positions in the private and public sectors within the United States as well as abroad. They successfully turn their classroom theory into a real world practice. Thanks to the online courses that are offered, the University of Wisconsin can expand opportunities to those students that are living outside of the area. Because of this, a large variety of students that have various academic and subject backgrounds have the ability to be enrolled in college. The school has formed relationships with institutions and associations worldwide and has always seen many benefits from its own community of staff, faculty, and students as they all come from different religions, country, and backgrounds. This type of diversity has proven enriching to the lives, work, and careers of all associated with the university. All members of the community are valued and will see commitment from the University.
The University hopes to be one of the best international information schools that has the ability to shape information technology and knowledge using innovative research and teaching. It is one of the leading collaborative schools that not only advances knowledge, but prepare students of all backgrounds to be successful in their information professions. UW values research, community, education, excellence, innovation, and respect.
This particular will build on students' general undergraduate education, as it brings them into a world of information architecture, information science, information organization, applications of the Internet, and storage and retrieval. The main purpose of this program is to prepare all graduates to be IT leaders in this culture and economy that is increasingly digital. Graduates can build mobile apps, construct online solutions for organizations, and even maintain IT networks. This degree program is not only accessible but is extremely flexible to allow students to customize their own education so that it will meet their career goals. It is a great option for transfer students as the staff will help to ensure students get credit for any transferable work completed. This degree allow students to become IT leaders, surrounding themselves with tools and technologies that are used in the profession. The school of information studies provide students with the resources that they need to grow their knowledge and be successful in their studies to prepare them for their IT career. Students will receive hands on experimentation and training with leading technology and tools available, including free software and learning resources, student technology lounges, and online virtual computer labs for those who are utilizing distance education.
Students will need to complete a total of 120 credit hours, distributed through general education requirements, core courses, upper division studies, general electives, and cross-functional electives. Students will also be able to enhance their coursework with unique internships, studying abroad, and independent study opportunities.
This MLIS program is flexible enough to be changed to fit the needs of individual students. There is a variety of designated concentrations or areas of specializations available that will give students the chance to customize their own elective coursework so that their special areas of interest are focused on. The program is ALA accredited, and has been since 1972. This is vital because many organizations only hire those with degrees from ALA accredited programs. The program may be taken on campus or online, with no residency requirement. This distance education program is one of the longest running online MLIS programs within the nation. This program is also recognized as one of the top LIS programs in the nation, and is recognized for its excellence in many other categories.
Students in this program are required to complete 36 graduate credits—30 of these must be in the library and information science school, while up to 6 of these can be from a pre-approved related list. Those students that already have a master's degree or doctoral degree in a field that is not library and information science may have their LIS program shortened to 30 credits under certain circumstances—if this is the case, 6 credits can be from another closely related field. Core courses must be completed with a B average per course. Students are expected to complete the 36 credit hour program within 7 years of initial enrollment, and the 30 credit hour program within 5 years of enrollment.