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Master of Library and Information Science / Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies

Designed for the student seeking a management career with libraries and other nonprofit institutions. Content includes gaining expertise in management of special library programs, fund-raising and endowment management, capital project management and leadership in academic, corporate or large public libraries.

The dual MLIS–M.A. in Philanthropic Studies program requires completion of a minimum of 51 credit hours of graduate course work. Students must apply for admission to the master’s programs of both the Department of Library and Information Science and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy within the first academic year and meet the admission criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

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Students must complete LIS S500 Methods and Tools for the Information Profession. This course is required the first semester for all MLIS

MLIS Requirements (36 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

Philanthropy Core (9 cr.)

General Electives ( 6 cr.)

May include up to 3 credit hours of internships, up to 6 credit hours of LIS workshops and up to 6 credits (with advisor approval) of SOIC coursework from other departments.

M.A. Philanthropy Requirements

A minimum of 21 credit hours is required in the School of Philanthropy for the Master of Arts degree. See the School of Philanthropy Bulletin for specific requirements.