MLIS Online

MLIS Online Courses

Beginning in 2019, all online students will pay the in-state tuition rate.

We recognize that successful information professionals come from all walks of life and that prospective students are not always able to move to Pittsburgh to pursue their degree. Our online MLIS program permits you to earn a degree while remaining at home and/or in your current job. This 36-credit program was granted ALA accreditation on June 25, 2021 (and will be reviewed next in 2028) can be completed online within two years. Your program of study will provide you with the same foundational knowledge and practical skills as our on-campus MLIS degree program.


Policy for Participation in Online Courses

The online delivery (asynchronous or synchronous) of the courses allows for students to participate at any time or any location. Just as on-campus students are required to attend each class session and to participate in class activities, online students are required to participate actively in each learning activity as required by the individual instructor and to complete each course assignment on time. It is the responsibility of students to make arrangements for participating in the course consistently throughout the term. An instructor has the option to lower a student’s grade for lack of timely participation.

On-Campus Experience

MLIS students wishing to participate in an on-campus experience but whose schedules do not allow them to participate during scheduled events may contact the Director of Community Resource Development.

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 part-time course load is 6 credits per term, which permits 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.