Department ofLibrary and Information Science

Master of Library Science Online Degree

The Master of Library Science program, accredited by the American Library Association (ALA-MLS) is the entry degree for a professional librarian, universally required for professionals in academic libraries; essential for leadership in public libraries; provides valuable information and management skills for people who advance information connections in a variety of organizations, public, private, and non-profit.

Graduates of this program work as professionals in departments or organizations that manage information:

Learning Outcomes

The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) program prepares students to become reflective practitioners who connect people and communities with information. Upon completion of the M.L.S. program, graduates are prepared to:

Approach Professional Issues with Understanding

Assist and Educate Users

Develop and Manage Collections of Information Resources

Represent and Organize Information Resources

Manage and Lead Libraries and Other Information Organizations

Use Research Effectively

Deploy Information Technologies in Effective and Innovative Ways

Research Opportunities

Students in our program have the chance to learn and work alongside faculty in exciting research areas such as:

Plan of Study

There are many ways for you to earn your Master of Library Science degree. You can add a specialization or combine your MLS degree with a graduate degree from another field of study to expand your career options. See the dual degree section below for more information.

A candidate for the Master of Library Science degree must complete 36 semester credit hours of graduate course work (the Technology Management specialization requires 45 credit hours), all of which must be taken from the Department of Library and Information Science. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours from another ALA-accredited master’s degree program may, with the permission of the chair, be applied to the M.L.S. degree. In addition students must take the pre-requisite computer skills course, LIS S401 Computer-Based Information Tools (or equivalent experience). All courses may be completed online.

Your course of study builds a foundation in five areas of librarianship, then allows you to work with your adviser to choose advanced elective courses to develop the knowledge and skills for your career.

Prerequisite (3 cr.)

Must be fulfilled before completion of 9 credit hours

Foundation (15 cr.)

Choose one course from each area:

Assist and Educate Users of Libraries and Information Centers

Develop and Manage Library Collections

Organize and Represent Information Resources

Apply Management and Leadership Skills

Conduct and Analyze Research

Customize your Degree with a Specialization

Dual Degrees

The programs described below are those where both programs have agreed to share some courses and reduce the total number of credits below what would be required to do both degrees independently.