Accelerated Master's Degree

Add a MIS or MLS degree to your IU Bloomington Bachelor's degree with one extra year.

Juniors - Apply by January 15

Seniors - contact us about options

  • Are you a highly-motivated undergraduate?
  • Are you planning to graduate early?
  • Are you interested in furthering your education with a master's degree?

If so, you might be interested in our accelerated master's program in either information science (MIS) or in library science (MLS). The accelerated program allows you to take 12 graduate-level units during your senior year in the Department of Information and Library Science concurrently with your remaining undergraduate requirements. With this approach, once you complete your undergraduate degree you will only need 24 units to earn a master’s degree, which can be completed in one year. This will save you money as you will be paying for graduate level courses at the undergraduate prices and jump start you towards a master’s degree.

What makes this an accelerated program is that students will be able to fulfill some graduate program requirements during their senior year. Students must meet all of the unit requirements for their bachelor’s degree (120 units) and their master’s degree (36 units). The accelerated master’s program is a competitive degree intended for the most accomplished undergraduates for whom a master’s degree will help launch them into their chosen careers.

This program seeks to attract highly-motivated students who started Indiana University with AP (Advanced Placement) credits or who are on track to complete their undergraduate program in less than four years.

Why get a MLS or MIS?

How does it work?

How much does it cost?

How do I apply?

Degree Maps.

International Students - Summer Steps

Who do I contact for more information?


Why get a MLS or MIS?

The professional master’s programs offered by the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS) are unique in that they are not associated with a single undergraduate concentration but are available to students from diverse areas of interest.

Graduates from the MLS program have achieved leadership positions in a variety of domains central to the field (e.g., president of the American Library Association, member of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science; archivist for the National Baseball Hall of Fame). Our MLS graduates often find employment in academic, special (medical, law, corporate), public, and government libraries. These positions draw upon the knowledge gained in their undergraduate majors, which is often supplemented by the many master level dual-degree programs and specializations that ILS offers.

MIS students similarly draw upon their subject expertise; particularly those recruited by the CIA and other government agencies to become information analysts. These jobs require not only the technology and information skills gained in ILS, but also knowledge of language, history, government, and politics gained from the students’ undergraduate experiences in the College. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and many forecasting firms, the number of positions available for people who can manage IT across the public and private sectors is projected to grow. The accelerated master’s program will provide students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to be able to compete successfully for these jobs.

How does it work?

You can apply for the program during your junior year and be eligible for ILS courses during your senior year. You will take 12 credits of graduate coursework during your senior year and six more graduate credits the summer after you graduate. Your summer work can either be graduate coursework or an internship. Complete the Accelerated Master’s degree by taking nine credits of coursework in each of the next two semesters.

How much does it cost?

This program will only require an additional 24 graduate credit hours after you graduate with your bachelor’s degree. The price of the 36-unit master’s degree will be as follows:

  • The first 12 credits of graduate coursework (taken during your senior year) are charged at the undergraduate rate.
  • The 24 credits of graduate coursework that you complete after you graduate with your bachelor’s degree will cost the regular ILS graduate rate.

How do I apply?

You apply during the first semester of your junior year – deadline January 15. By this time, you should have completed all of your General Education Requirements and at least 60 credits towards your undergraduate degree. You also must have a GPA of at least 3.0 at the time you apply.

Seniors are also invited to apply to the program - with an application deadline of November 15 - it they have some flexibility in their final Spring semester. The timeline and options for Seniors will not be the same for juniors - but we will be glad to look at options.

In addition to the application form, you will write a personal statement (a minimum of 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the program.

Because you are an undergraduate student at the Indiana University Bloomington campus with a cumulative grade point average above a 3.0, you are not required to take the GRE or provide letters of recommendation to apply to this Accelerated Master’s program.

•    ILS Admissions Criteria/Online Application – general information

You will be admitted into the program in the spring semester of your junior year so that you can register for graduate courses during the fall semester of your senior year. We will notify you of your admission in time for fall registration.

Degree Maps:

Degree Map for Accelerated
MLS:
Master of Library Science
Degree Map for Accelerated
MIS:
Master of Information Science
Senior Year
Fall Semester
Z501 (User Services & Tools)
Z503 (Representation and
Organization)

*Plus undergraduate courses (at
least six units to reach full-time status)
Z510 (Introduction to Information Science)
Z511 (Database Design)

*Plus undergraduate courses (at
least six units to reach full-time status)
Senior Year
Spring Semester
Z551 (Library Management)
Z505 (Evaluation of Resources and
Services)

*Plus undergraduate courses (at
least six units to reach full-time status)
Z515 (Information Architecture)
Z516 or Z661 (HCI)


*Plus undergraduate courses (at
least six units to reach full-time
status)
May - Graduation Bachelor Degree Graduation Bachelor Degree Graduation
Graduate Year 1
Summer School
Z605 (Internship) – (3 cr.)
One ILS elective (3 cr.)
Z605 (Internship) – (3 cr.)
One ILS elective (3 cr.)
Graduate Year 1
Fall Semester
Two ILS electives (3 cr. each)
ILS Technology course requirement
(3 cr.)
Z517 (Web Programming)
Z556 (Systems Analysis) or Z513
(Organizational informatics)
One ILS elective (3 cr.)
Graduate Year 1
Spring Semester
Three ILS electives (3 cr. each) Three ILS electives (3 cr. each)
May - Graduation MLS Degree Graduation MIS Degree Graduation

International Students - Summer Steps

To change your immigration documents from undergraduate to graduate status - you need to submit the New Degree Program e-form via iStart by April 1 of the year prior to starting the MIS and MLS, and contact the IU Office of International Services if you have any questions about this process. There will be steps required to be set up to begin classes in the Summer I session following a May graduation. There are other steps to do an ILS-Z605 Internship for course credit - using the CPT (curriculum practical training) steps. If approved, the option to start Summer I - is an exception - and is limited ONLY to students from the IU Bloomington campus.

STEM OPT - (the longer option for STEM graduates to work after graduation in the US using OPT - optional practical training) - is changing effective 2/12/2016. The Office of International Services is waiting on details. Some CPT (internship) changes may be in the works with the government, too.

Who do I contact for more information?

Contact the ILS Admissions staff with questions.