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The University of Arizona - SIRLS

School of Information Resources and Library Science

Contact Information:
Susan Irwin
Program Manager, SIRLS
University of Arizona
1515 E First St.
Tucson, AZ 85719

The School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) is a professional school focusing on the interchange between information and society. The School provides an evolving suite of research, educational, and applied programs addressing:
• the understanding of information use and access by individuals, the groups and organizations formed as a result of information issues, and the societies and cultures created as a result of information access and use.
•The education of students to become information professionals in a wide variety of information environments, including libraries, the corporate sector, and specialized agencies of all types.

SIRLS is also the home to Knowledge River, Knowledge River provides specialized courses on information issues from Native American and Hispanic perspectives, financial assistance, and a supportive environment.

The program requires 36 semester hours of graduate coursework. Students may attend on a full or part-time basis. A full-time student can complete the program in four semesters.

Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science; accredited by the American Library Association

SIRLS uses WebCT course software, listservs, course web sites, and email for the online courses. Students must have Internet access, a graphical web browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape), word processing, spreadsheet and web page design software.

1. Is there a residency requirement? All students must fulfill a six (6) unit residence requirement prior to graduation. The School offers hybrid, pre-session, extensive summer programs, and winter session classes to assist in fulfilling this requirement.
2. How are the distance learning classes different from the on-campus courses? The only difference is the method of delivery. Our full-time faculty members, using the same syllabi as the on-campus courses, teach the distance learning classes.
3. What is the cost to attend? Tuition and fees total approximately $300 per credit hour for in-state students and $900 per credit hour for out-of-state student.
4. When is the application deadline? We admit students for Fall, Spring and Summer terms. The deadline for Fall or Summer admission is February 1 and for Spring admission the deadline is September 1.
5. What are the admission requirements? Admission consideration is based on:
• a written statement of introduction
• a minimum undergraduate average of 3.0
• 500 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytical section of the Graduate Record Examination; this requirement will be waived if the student already has a masters/doctorate/JD.
• two letters of recommendation
• a resume of work and educational experience

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