Best Library and Information Studies Rankings

On March 11, 2013, U.S. News and World Report published its 2013 ranking of 51 ALA-accredited master’s degree programs in library and information science. The rankings are based “solely on the results of a Fall 2012 survey sent to the dean of each program, the program director, and a senior faculty member in each program.” In addition, “peer assessment questionnaires asked individuals to rate the academic quality of programs at each institution on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding).”

The ranking results for the Midwest’s graduate LIS programs are:

#1 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (4.6)

#4 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (4.3)

#8 Indiana University – Bloomington (3.9)

#15 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (3.4)

#16 University of Wisconsin – Madison (3.3)

#18 Kent State University (Ohio) (3.0), a 3-way tie

#22 University of Kentucky (2.8)

#24 Wayne State University (Michigan) (2.7), a 3-way tie

#27 Dominican University (Illinois) (2.6), a 3-way tie

#33 University of Iowa (2.4), a 5-way tie

#33 University of Missouri  (2.4), a 5-way tie

Not published – Emporia State University (Kansas) (< 2.0)

Not published – St. Catherine University (Minnesota) (< 2.0)

Lesley Ko-shing Lee, Library Specialist in Interlibrary Loan at the University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign