Facts & History | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Graduate Program - University Of Maryland

Graduate Program

College of Communication and Information

College of Communication and Information

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Facts & History

  • The College of Information Studies, Maryland’s primary center for graduate education, research and service in the field of information studies, was founded in the fall of 1965.
  • The iSchool is part of the University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/research universities-extensive and the original 1862 land grant institution in Maryland.
  • College Park is 10 miles, a short Metrorail ride, from Washington, D.C., and only 25 miles from Baltimore. The area is a cosmopolitan center of cultural and intellectual activity and political power that is the hub of the information industry and home to hundreds of libraries, archives and other information organizations.
  • Total College Park enrollment is about 37,000 with a graduate student enrollment of more than 10,000.
  • iSchool enrollment averages 515 students.
  • The College is ranked 10th in the nation among Library Science programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The College offers graduate study leading to the Master of Library Science, the Master of Information Management, Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
  • The College also offers a dual-degree master’s program in History/Library Science (HiLS) granting the MLS and MA in History degrees.
  • The School Library Media specialization certifies graduates for work in school libraries.
  • A network of seven university libraries and the nearby National Archives II provide on-campus opportunities for professional development and research.
  • Faculty to student ratio is approximately 1:12.
  • Since 1965, over 5,000 students have earned the MLS from College of Information Studies, and 43 have earned doctorates.