A master of library and information science degree or a master’s degree in a closely related field such as computer science or educational technology with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average is required for admission.


The CAS candidate will complete 15 credits of course work, planned in conjunction with an advisor, and approved by the Dean of the School of Information Studies as an individually designed program suited for the needs and professional objectives of the student.

  • A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in the School of Information Studies.
  • Up to 3 credits may be taken in another school or department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • No thesis is required, but students may obtain up to 3 credits in independent study which is included as a part of the total approved program.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained.
  • The program must be completed within 3 years from the date of admission.

Please visit the Graduate School website for complete details:


Required Courses
INFOST 682 – Digital Libraries (3 cr)

Concepts and technologies for development of digital libraries. Topics include tools for multimedia digitization, organization of digital resources, and evaluation of digital libraries and gateways.

INFOST  714 – Metadata (3 cr)

Principles and application of metadata for networked information resource organization, representation, retrieval, and interoperability using a variety of schemes; focus on cultural heritage digital repositories.

INFOST 739 – Digital Information Services (3 cr)

Examination of major issues involved in digital information services. Comparison of differences and similarities between digital and face-to-face services, evaluation of DIS and current trends.

INFOST 685 – E-Publishing & Web Design (3 cr)

An introduction to principles of visual communications related to electronic media with emphasis on website development, electronic documents, and production and dissemination of electronic information. Counts as a repeat of InfoSt(L&I Sci) 691 w/similar topic.

INFOST 691 – Video Storage, Retrieval, and Preservation (3 cr)

The course addresses concepts relating to retention and preservation of electronic records. Addresses legal issues, records management techniques and systems implementation.

INFOST 716 – Thesaurus Construction (3 cr)

Overview of thesaurus construction, vocabulary control and ontology. Design and construction of thesauri, including domain analysis, vocabulary extraction, concept clustering, ordering, structural relations, thesaurus maintenance.

INFOST 717 – Information Architecture (3 cr)

Introduction to information architecture and user experience design, focusing on designing user-centered organization, labeling, navigation, search, metadata, and knowledge organization systems for websites.

INFOST 774 – Online Information Retrieval (3 cr)

Study of the organizational, operational and developmental aspects of on-line database services, including an overview of the on-line community. Students must spend one hour per week in an on-line laboratory session.

INFOST 780 – XML for Libraries (1-3 cr)

Overview of general markup languages; concepts and components of extensible markup language, and the future of publishing and libraries

INFOST 783 – Information Storage and Retrieval (3 cr)

Fundamental analysis and design principles and theories used in systems for the storage, processing, and retrieval of information.

INFOST 786 – Multimedia (3 cr)

Multimedia and its applications in information systems and instructional environments. Students develop essential skills in the evaluation, creation, editing, and rendering of multimedia.

INFOST 789 – Electronic Networking and Information Services (3 cr)

Outlines basic concepts of communication technology, electronic networking, and available information resources and services for information professionals.

INFOST 862 – Legal Issues for Library and Information Services (3 cr)

Legal issues arising in various library settings, including access rights, privacy and confidentiality, copyright, intellectual freedom and information liability and malpractice.

INFOST 990 – Fieldwork in Library and Information Science (3 cr)

Fieldwork experience of 50 to 150 hours under faculty and field supervisor guidance. Student must also complete a supervised field project.

INFOST 999 – Independent Research (1-3 cr)

Primary research under faculty guidance, on a special aspect of library and information services. Regular faculty consultation and written research report(s) required.

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