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Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

Up-to-date knowledge and skills for information professionals

The role of information professionals has changed dramatically as the volume of available information has increased and technology for information creation, storage, search and retrieval has advanced. The ability to manage the growing array of information tools has led to new opportunities for those who want to work in the information field, a discipline which bridges the management of both traditional and emerging information sources. The MLIS program, which is accredited by the ALA through 2020, is designed to anticipate changes in the information environment and to educate the next generation of creative and entrepreneurial information professionals who can serve in a wide variety of capacities and in various settings.

Information professionals are the human element that connects people, information, and technology. The MLIS degree program provides a strong grounding in the skills, knowledge, and ethical practices of the information professions to prepare graduates to serve as critically reflective and actively engaged experts in the broader role of information in culture and society.  We encourage the development of creativity, professionalism, and proactive attitude to meet the needs of various clienteles. Our graduates have careers not only in the library, archive and museum settings, but in government, corporate, non-profit, and entrepreneurial environments as well.  The MLIS program will prepare a diverse population of graduate students to make a difference in their communities through a rewarding and forward-thinking career path.


Program Details

The MLIS degree is a 36-credit program that can be completed in three consecutive terms of full-time study or up to four years (twelve terms) of part-time study.

There is a series of mandatory core courses — the remaining courses are tailored to your career goals or chosen area of interest. It is important to plan carefully, in consultation with your faculty advisor, to make the best use of the educational opportunities available at the School of Information Sciences.

Students will take the four required courses* for the MLIS degree.

  • LIS 20xx Data and Information in Systems (to be taken in the first term)
  • LIS 20xx Lifecycles of Data and Information (to be taken in the first term)
  • LIS 20xx The Information Professional in the Community (to be taken in the third term)
  • LIS Design Methods Sequence to be taken in three consecutive terms (fall, spring, summer)20xx, Identifying, 20xx Implementing, 20xx Integrating

* students should work with their advisors to ensure that they are following the proper course of study.

Upon completion of the MLIS degree, graduates will incorporate the knowledge, skills, ethical foundations and social responsibilities of the information professions into professional practice. See our Goals for Graduates of the MLIS Program.


Thematic Areas

Aside from the required core courses that all students must take, there is flexibility to personalize a program of study that meets a particular area of interest. There are certain thematic areas for which faculty advisors may suggest appropriate courses. Samples of some of these potential thematic areas have been provided. It not necessary to follow any one of these suggested clusters of courses.

  • Academic Information Services
  • Archives
  • Public Library Services
  • Children and Youth Services
  • School Library Certification Program
  • Information Technology

Statute of Limitations

The Master’s Degree program must be completed within four years of the first term in which courses were taken after admission. The normal full-time course load is 9 to 12 credits per term; thus, a full-time student will complete the program in three or four terms. The normal part-time course load is 6 credits per term, which permits the part-time students to complete the program in six terms. The faculty, in response to a student petition, must approve exceptions to the four-year limit if extenuating circumstances exist.