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Master of Library & Information Science / Public Management Certificate

The Dual-Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) / Public Management Certificate, offered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is designed for students who are enrolled in the MLIS program and wish to obtain organizational management skills through the SPEA certificate. The Dual-MLIS/Public Management Certificate program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of pre-career and in-service individuals. Career employees of public and private sector agencies seeking courses in public management, and especially those changing from professional or technical roles to managerial roles, find the certificate program beneficial.

Getting Started

Students should apply to both programs, preferably within the same academic year. Application deadlines for the SPEA certificate programs are May 15 for the fall semester, September 15 for the spring semester, and March 15 for summer sessions. Students must pay a nonrefundable application fee.

Degree Requirements

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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

Library and Information Science Requirements (30 cr.)

Public and Environmental Affairs Requirements (12 cr.)

  • SPEA V502 Public Management
  • SPEA V560 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • SPEA V561 Public Human Resource Management

Electives (3 cr.)

One additional SPEA V course approved by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Graduate Program Director.