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As Wisconsin’s premier iSchool, we maximize the potential of humans through the power of information and technology.

Through hands-on, real-life experiential practice, students learn the value and power of information and the tools necessary to leverage it from a user-centered perspective, connecting people to information and technology. Our history of learning innovations through onsite and online courses and degrees, prior learning and competency-based assessment means SOIS offers learning pathways that will fit your life no matter where you are or how you learn.

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What Sets Us Apart

A Dynamic City,
An Extension of the Classroom

Our students enjoy the benefits of being a part of a dynamic city that is home to major employers, innovative startups, Fortune 500 companies, world-renowned libraries and information centers, and an ever-growing information landscape. The city is an extension of the classroom, and many opportunities exist to gain real-world experience through internships as well as experiential learning opportunities.

A Caring, Close-knit Community
in a Top-Tier Research University

As one of the smaller schools within a top-ranked R1 urban research university, SOIS undergraduate and graduate students benefit from the resources and reputation of a large urban university while enjoying small class sizes and one-on-one attention from faculty, instructional staff and academic advisors.

Dedicated Support
Throughout Your Academic Journey

From orientations, open office hours and pop-in advising sessions (both online and onsite), to resume reviews, networking opportunities and career preparation events, our dedicated and accessible academic advisors and career services staff will support your success and advancement throughout your academic program.

Online & Onsite Options
Degree Completion From Anywhere

Our educational opportunities are not limited to those who choose to study with us here in Milwaukee. We have a long history of innovation and dedication to online learning. In fact, our graduate MLIS program is one of the longest-running online MLIS programs in the nation. As a pioneer in online delivery, we pride ourselves on ensuring all our online programs meet the same high standards as our onsite programs. Regardless of location, you can be certain you will get the same high-quality, research, service and student-centered degree that will prepare you for the future.

What it means to be an iSchool

The School of Information Studies has been a supporting member of the international iSchools organization since 2012. The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of 120 universities dedicated to advancing the information field and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st century.

Mission, Vision & 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.

UWM Campus Building: Chapman Hall


School of Information Studies
Northwest Quadrant Building D 3rd Floor
2025 E. Newport Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
School of Information Studies
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

Phone: 414-229-4707
Toll Free: 888-349-3432
Fax: 414-229-6699

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