Master of Library and Information Science
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 a 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.
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.
You will take the six required courses* for the MLIS degree:
- LIS 2020 Lifecycles of Data and Information (to be taken in the first term)
- LIS 2030 Data and Information in Systems (to be taken in the first term)
- LIS 2040 The Information Professional in the Community (to be taken in the third term)
- The Design Methods Sequence to be taken in three consecutive terms (Fall, Spring, Summer):
- LIS 2021 Identifying Information Needs of Knowledge Organizations
- LIS 2022 Implementing Solutions for Knowledge Organizations
- LIS 2023 Integrating Solutions for Knowledge Organizations
* you should work with your advisors to ensure that you are following the proper course of study.
Upon completion of the MLIS degree, you 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.
Aside from the required core courses that you must take, there is flexibility to personalize a program of study that meets your 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 is not necessary to follow any one of these suggested clusters of courses.
- Academic Information Services
- Public Library Services
- Children and Youth Services
- School Library Certification Program
- Information Technology
Click here to read more about the thematic areas.
We are seeking students with diverse educational and career backgrounds. Applicants for graduate study must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
Letters of Recommendation
Identify and seek the recommendations of two individuals (e.g., professors, employers, information professionals) who are in a position to evaluate your academic performance or your potential as an information professional. One reference should be able to address your academic abilities, while the remaining references may discuss your professional experience and accomplishments.
Only scanned copies of official transcripts will be accepted and processed at the application stage.
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized Test Scores are not required.
Other Required Documents
Please include the following in your online application:
- A statement of no more than 500 words that includes the following elements:
- Outlines your career goals
- Reflects on your relevant work experience in libraries, information centers, or other relevant environments
- Highlights your relevant experience using information technology
For International Applicants
Graduate students must possess sufficient knowledge of English to participate successfully in graduate study. International applicants must submit either the TOEFL or the IELTS (taken within two years of the date of application). A minimum score of 80 (Internet-based)/550 (paper-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum result of Band 6.5 on the IELTS is required.