Master of Public Affairs & Master of Library Science

The Master of Library Science trains you to find, organize, and share information in meaningful ways. The Master of Public Affairs from IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) teaches you to address societal issues. Together, these degrees prepare you to use information to present solutions to complex problems.

You might apply these skills in an academic library, for the government, at a nonprofit, or for a number of other employers. Wherever you go, you’ve come to the right place: U.S. News & World Report ranked our graduate programs eighth in the nation and ranked SPEA’s M.P.A. second.

You’ll also earn two degrees in fewer credit hours—and less time—than it would take to earn them separately.

How to Apply

You must apply for admission to—and meet the admission requirements for—both programs. See our program’s information for domestic students and international students.

Requirements (Minimum of 66 Credit Hours)

M.L.S. Foundation Requirements (18 cr.)

You must also complete the digital literacy requirement.

M.L.S. Electives (12 cr.)

Choose from information and library science courses.

M.P.A. Requirements (36 cr.)

Contact SPEA for information about the M.P.A. requirements.


You will graduate after you finish both degrees—the degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Tuition Rates

Different Indiana University schools charge different graduate tuition rates. For dual degrees, you will be coded in one of the two schools and pay that school’s tuition rate. To switch to the other school’s tuition rate, contact that department’s recorder as you near the halfway point in your program.

Professional Development

Degree requirements for: Spring 2015 / Fall 2013 / Pre-Fall 2013