We extend opportunities to students living outside the Milwaukee area through our online courses, reaching a wide variety of students with various subject and academic backgrounds. We have also forged a number of links with associations and institutions worldwide. We invite you to join the growing family of SOIS students, graduates and supporters from all over the world!

Mission, Vision, and Values

We are a leading and collaborative school, advancing knowledge and preparing students from diverse backgrounds to be successful information professionals within their communities.

Our vision is to be a premier, international information school that shapes knowledge and information technology through innovative research and teaching.

Community: We foster a community of learning and research through collaborations with colleagues, students, community members, practitioners, and organizations.

Research: Our research contributes to the growth of knowledge by furthering new methods, theories, techniques, paradigms, and applications.

Excellence: We strive for excellence in teaching, research, and service through commitment, reflection, and engagement.

Education: Our education programs prepare students with the knowledge, skills, resources, and opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

Innovation: We innovate through idea creation, teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery.

Respect: We respect the diverse role, voice, and contribution of each member of the school and community recognizing that our strength results from working together toward a common purpose.

Diversity Initiatives

SOIS Statement on Diversity

The UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies (SOIS) acknowledges and promotes the educational benefits that flow from having a diverse staff and student body that includes but is not limited to students and workers of differing race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, disability, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. The forgoing list is not meant to be exhaustive, as SOIS is respectful that broader approaches to the concept of diversity may benefit the SOIS community. The policy statement is not intended to exclude any person or group of persons.


The UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies has always benefited from its community of faculty, staff, and students from various countries, religions, and backgrounds. This diversity has enriched and deepened our lives, our work, and our professions. We are firmly committed to, and value, all the members of our community, and endorse the following statement by the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE):

In light of the recent U.S. presidential executive order banning entry of citizens from several Muslim-majority nations into the United States, the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) reiterates its unwavering support for diversity and international perspectives in the education and representation of library and information professionals in the United States, regardless of country of origin. We are a global community of students, professionals, educators and scholars who benefit society through our diverse experiences and perspectives. We also wish to reiterate our support for our library and information science education colleagues in all affected nations.
– ALISE Statement Regarding Recent Executive Presidential Order (Feb 1, 2017)