Master of Library and Information Science
The mission of the accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree is to prepare professionals for leadership roles in libraries and other information organizations. By emphasizing the core principles and practical experiences of information access, organization, services, and support, we educate a diverse student body for professional service to meet the various information needs of their local and global communities.
The MLIS degree requires a minimum of 36 graduate level credits distributed as follows: 18 credit hours in the Information Sciences professional core and a minimum of 18 credit hours in an area of professional specialization. A maximum of 6 credit hours in courses outside SIS may be accepted as cognates.
The MLIS degree is available online with selected classes also offered on-campus. The SIS Master Schedule indicates when the School expects to offer courses in varying formats.
Within the MLIS are three main pillars with several professional specializations. The pillars are Library Services, Information Management, and Archives and Digital Content Management. These three topic areas have specializations with recommended courses detailed in order to gain the skills for employment. Specializations are not specifically listed on the diploma so there is no minimum requirement for the number of courses to take in each area. Students are encouraged to decide, in consultation with their academic advisor, which of the recommended courses will provide them with the skills needed to reach individual career goals.