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More HILS Faculty Information

History and Library & Information Science (HILS)   

Program Title and Classification

History and Library & Information Science

Graduate Degree Program

College: Information Studies / Arts and Humanities



The History and Library Science (HiLS) dual-degree program is the result of a cooperative agreement between the College of Information Studies, (Maryland's iSchool) and the Department of History. HiLS students graduate with both a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.

The HiLS program is ideally suited for students interested in gaining a multidisciplinary perspective to research as well as practical hands-on skills. Because of the proximity of the College Park campus to a variety of immensely rich research collections, students are able to gain first-hand experiences through internships that reinforce their classroom instruction. As a result of the dual-degree studies, students in the HiLS program gain skills in historical methodology and cutting-edge library and information science practices, preparing them for careers in libraries, archives, museums, and other information centers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Students admitted to the HiLS Program typically complete the program of study in three (3) years, however they have up to five (5) years to complete the degrees. The HiLS program requires fifty-four (54) credit hours of study, with a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in both the Department of History and the College of Information Studies. Students select how to use the remaining six (6) credits.

The MA and the MLIS are awarded simultaneously, and a student who fails to complete the special requirements for the coordinated degree programs may not receive either degree. When a student admitted to the HILS program subsequently wishes to receive only one degree, he/she must transfer from HILS either to the graduate program in History or to the College of Information Studies and fulfill the normal requirements for the separate master’s degree. The dual-degree History and Library Science offers the option of a degree-by-thesis (History and iSchool) as well as a degree-by-examination (History).

Admissions Information

General Requirements:



Program-Specific Requirements:



Students must apply for admission to both the Department of History and the College of Information Studies under the rubric HILS (History and Library Science). There is one, consolidated application, but two, independent admission decisions. An offer of admission from both, the Department of History and the College of Information Studies is required in order to be admitted to the dual-degree program.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
12 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
12 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at or

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts and Master of Library and Information Science (dual degree) (M.A. and M.L.I.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option: minimum of 54 credits

Non-thesis option: minimum of 54 credits

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits in the Department of History and a minimum of 24 credits in the College of Information Studies. Students have the option of specializing in one of the iSchool's specializations: Archives and Digital Curation, Community Analytics and Policy, Youth Experience, Diversity and Inclusion, or an Individualized Program Plan. Students completing a thesis must take 6 credits of HIST 799: Master's Thesis Research.

Library and Information Science requirements:

LBSC 602: Serving Information Needs (3 credits)

LBSC 631: Achieving Organizational Excellence (3 credits)

LBSC 671: Creating Information Infrastructures (3 credits)

LBSC 791: Designing Principled Inquiry (3 credits)

LBSC 703: Field Study in Archives, Records and Information Management (3 credits) or LBSC 707: Field Study in Library Service (3 credits) 

iSchool electives (9 credits)

History requirements:

HIST 601: History and Contemporary Theory (3 credits)

Approved major field courses (12 credits)

Minimum of 3 credits in a General Seminar in Major Field

HIST 8xx Research Seminar (3 credits)



Facilities and Special Resources

The College of Information Studies operates five research centers: the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and the Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), the Cloud Computing Center (CCC), and the Digital Curation Innovation Center. iSchool faculty and doctoral students also participate in or have affiliations with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory (CLIP), as well as the Departments of Computer Science, English, and Sociology, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the College of Education. The College also operates a student computer lab for currently enrolled students. Faculty and students participate in cooperative research with staff of the University Libraries, the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and other campus units. Students have access through cooperative arrangements and programs to the resources of Archives II, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and other prominent research facilities.

Financial Assistance

The College of Information Studies and the Department of History make available a limited number of teaching and/or graduate assistantships for master’s students, including students in the HILS dual-degree program. These assistantships are awarded on the basis of merit, staffing needs, and budget. Neither academic unit extends guaranteed awards.

For more information on financial aid options from the College of Information Studies, please visit the Financial Aid section of the College of Information Studies website.

Contact Statement

College of Information Studies

Student Services Office

Room 4110 Hornbake Library Building, South Wing

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742-4345

(301) 405-2038




Dr. Ahmet Karamustafa

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of History

2131 Francis Scott Key Hall

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742-7315 USA

(301) 405-4267

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Associated Information







Multidisciplinary graduate training for archivists, records managers, manuscript curators, rare book librarians, bibliographers, conservation administrators, and those wishing to become subject and research specialists in academic, special, and/or research libraries.


Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM)

Information Management (INFM)

Information Management (online) (MIMO)

Information Studies (INFS)

Library and Information Science (LBSC)

Library and Information Science (online) (LBSO)