Maryland's iSchool Earns National Ranking

Maryland's iSchool Earns National Ranking

An advanced degree in library and information studies is vital for future librarians who wish to work in schools, government agencies, hospitals and more.  Among all national schools, the University of Maryland College of Information ranked eigth! Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding), based on a survey of academics at peer institutions.

UMD College of Information Rankings 

#8 in Library and Information Studies Specialties 
#5 in Archives and Preservation 
#5 in Information Systems 
#5 in School Library Media 
#5 in Services for Children and Youth 
#8 in Digital Librarianship U.S. News & World Report Rankings 2017

More About the U.S. News Ranking

U.S. News ranked 51 master's degree programs in library and information studies in the U.S. that are accredited by the American Library Association. The rankings are based solely on the results of a fall 2016 survey sent to each program's dean, director and a senior faculty member. The peer assessment questionnaires asked individuals to rate the academic quality of programs at other institutions on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). Individuals who were 

unfamiliar with a particular school's programs were asked to select "don't know." Scores for each school were totaled and divided by the number of respondents who rated that school. Each accredited program received three surveys and was asked to return all three to U.S. News. The response rate was 52 percent. Ipsos Public Affairs conducted the peer assessment surveys.

The library and information studies specialty rankings are based solely on the nominations of the deans, directors and senior faculty members at each program. They were asked to choose up to 10 programs noted for excellence in each specialty area. Those with the most votes are listed. Schools in the specialty rankings are numerically ranked in descending order based solely on the number of nominations they received, as long as the school received seven or more nominations in that specialty area. This means that schools ranked at the bottom of each specialty ranking have received at least seven nominations.