UCLA Department of Information Studies Community knowledge Design

The Department of Information Studies at UCLA is setting the intellectual agenda for the information professions and disciplines.

Over 60% of the U.S. workforce is directly engaged in producing, processing, and distributing information.

At UCLA iSchool, we are preserving society’s access to knowledge, memory, and heritage. We have been defining and reshaping the library, archival, and information sciences since 1958.

Our faculty members are internationally renowned scholars and teachers, conducting research at the forefront of their specialties. We design, develop, and deliver outstanding educational programs.

UCLA’s iSchool department offers two rigorous, flexible, and interdisciplinary graduate degree programs:

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) - a two-year program which offers a full array of specializations, including archival studies, informatics, library studies, media archival studies, and rare books/print and visual culture, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Graduates of our programs are making the world a better place by improving the ways in which information is preserved, accessed, and used.

They have amazing careers in numerous not-for-profit organizations, private companies, government agencies, universities, museums, archives and schools across the country and around the world.

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • California State Library
  • Disney
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Library of Congress
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Microsoft
  • National Archives
  • Sony Pictures
  • William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
The placement rate for MLIS graduates has averaged approximately 90% over the last ten years.

Jobs for iS grads:

  • Community Archivists
  • Data Entrepreneurs
  • Database Administrators
  • Information Architects
  • Intelligence Analysts
  • Knowledge Managers
  • Media Strategists
  • Metadata Curators
  • Preservation Specialists
  • Reference Librarians
  • User Experience Designers
Our work is guided by the principles of individual responsibility and social justice, an ethic of caring, and commitment to the communities we serve.

In recent years, 30–40% of entering MLIS and PhD students have been drawn from the African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana/o, and Latina/o communities.

An understanding of cultural diversity and the dynamics of multiculturalism is promoted through course content. Crucial issues in the provision of information services in culturally diverse communities are analyzed and critiqued in every core course and throughout the curricula.

We share a strong, specific ethical commitment to the advancement of social equity, social justice, and individual and community empowerment, and to the promotion of diversity, accountability, and intellectual openness through our research, teaching, mentorship, and service.

Learn More about UCLA iSchool

Contact Us: info@gseis.ucla.edu


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