MA History/MLIS

The Milwaukee metropolitan area is endowed with a natural history museum, historical and art museums, governmental and university archives, and special libraries which serve as laboratories and fieldwork sites for coordinated degree students. This collection of institutions that document the history of Southeastern Wisconsin, the country, and the world, along with UWM's School of Information Studies and Department of History degree, provide student's seeking a coordinated MLIS and History degree with the resources needed to be successful students and professionals.

Prospective Careers

This combination of two coordinated degrees normally builds upon an undergraduate background in the discipline of history and provides training for those who will seek employment in large libraries, archives, historical agencies, and fields related to digital history. With an increasing number of institutions seeking professionals with academic backgrounds in more than one field, a coordinated degree can give graduates an advantage in the job market.

In order to complete the program in 54 credits, students must take specified archival studies courses specified below and choose to take the proficiency or comprehensive exam in both programs rather than a thesis option. Students will need to take more than 54 credits if they choose to not take archives courses, or select the thesis option in either program. Both degrees will be awarded simultaneously.

Credit Requirements

The MA History/MLIS program can be completed in 54 credits, of which 24 credits must be in History graduate courses and 30 credits must be taken in the School of Information Studies.

Required SOIS Courses (30 credits)

  • INFOST 501 Foundations of Library and Information Science
  • INFOST 511 Organization of Information
  • INFOST 571 Information Access and Retrieval
  • INFOST 591 Research in Library and Information Science
  • Appropriate electives selected in consultation with advisor (18 credits)

Students wishing to complete the coordinated degree program in 54 credits must take two of the following Archival Studies Courses, which will count as both SOIS electives (toward the 18 needed to complete the degree), and history electives.

  • INFOST 650 An Introduction to Modern Archives Administration*
  • INFOST 750 Arrangement and Description in Archives
  • INFOST 752 Archival Outreach: Programs and Services
  • INFOST 759 Fieldwork in Archives and Manuscripts
  • INFOST 850 Seminar in Modern Archives Administration
    * INFOST 650 is a prerequisite to all other archival studies courses.

Students pursuing the MS History / MLIS degree can also pursue the Archival Studies Concentration by taking five courses in the approved archival studies concentration curriculum as part of their SOIS electives.

Required History Courses (24 credits)*

M.A./M.L.I.S. students who take the archival studies courses specified above may earn the M.A. in History by taking 24 credits in history graduate courses. An M.A. in history is normally 30 credits but if the specified archival studies courses listed above are taken in SOIS, they will count as 6 credits toward history electives and will reduce the total number of credits needed fro the history M.A. to 24 credits. (Note: Required credits for History MA increased from 24 to 30 effective Fall 2014. Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2014 will be able to complete their degrees with previously required 24 History credits.)

Option A:
Required credit distribution:
  • 3 credits in 712 (Historiography and Theory of History) or 713 (Historical Research Methods);
  • 6 credits in two colloquia (800 numbers);
  • 6 credits in two seminars (900 numbers);
  • 6 credits for thesis;
  • remaining 3 credits in electives selected in consultation with advisor.
Students may take 3 credits of either Hist 716 (Professional and Pedagogical Issues in History) or Hist 717 (History and the New Media) as a substitute for 3 credits in one colloquium.

Option B:
Required credit distribution:
  • 3 credits in 712 (Historiography and Theory of History) or 713 (Historical Research Methods);
  • 6 credits in two colloquia (800 numbers);
  • 6 credits in two seminars (900 numbers);
  • 9 credits in electives selected in consultation with the student's advisor. A thesis is not required for this option.

Students may take 3 credits of either Hist 716 (Professional and Pedagogical Issues in History) or Hist 717 (History and the New Media) as a substitute for 3 credits in one colloquium.

The Department offers graduate courses in public history that may be of special interest to MA in History/MLIS students.Completion of the Public History specialization in History requires completion of additional required credits beyond the 54 credits discussed here. For more information, consult the Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department. Cross-listed archives management courses and Public History Internships cannot be used to fulfill the History requirement of 24 graduate credits for the MA/MLIS degree program.

Additional Requirements for the M.A. in History

(See the Graduate Student Handbook for the History Department for a full description of these and other requirements.)

  • Academic Review
  • Comprehensive Examination

Coordinated MA History/MLIS Program Admissions

SOIS Deadlines:

  • Fall admission, February 1st
  • Spring admission, September 1st

History Deadline

  • Fall admission, December 1st

Return to The School of Information Studies

•  School of Information Studies Application for Admission
•  Letters of Recommendation - 2 required
•  For students seeking scholarships, please visit: the SOIS Graduate Scholarships page for more details.
   NOTE: Most scholarships are awarded for the Fall semester.

Return to The History Department

Before completing this portion of the application, consult Student Handbook to the History Graduate Program.

•  Letters of Recommendation – 2 required (pdf)
•  Writing Sample
•  Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - general test only
•  For applicants seeking funding, submit a Teaching Assistant Application (Word, PDF) at the same time. NOTE: TAships are typically not available to students applying for the Spring semester.

Return to The UWM Graduate School

•  UWM Graduate School Online Application
Upon submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from the university, that explains how to check the status of your application on our PAWS online student information system.
•  GRE scores
•  One transcript from each institution of higher education that you have attended
•  Application Processing Fees

Contact Information

MLIS Coordinated Degree Program Advisor

Laretta Henderson, Associate Dean/Associate Professor
Phone: (414) 229-3055

Archival Studies Program

(414) 229-4707

Director of Graduate Studies, History

Dr. Joe Rodriguez, Professor