Master of Science in Library and Information Science - Online

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The Top-Ranked iSchool's Online MLIS

The Top-Ranked iSchool's Online MLIS

Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1928, the highly ranked iSchool’s Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MLIS)1 degree provides a thorough grounding in the knowledge, skills, and values of librarianship in an interdisciplinary context.

In addition, the program offers a specialization in School Media for students seeking to provide active curriculum support services and library and information skills instruction in elementary and secondary school settings. Learn more about the MS in Library and Information Science: School Media program.

Career Outlook

The MLIS program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in a broad range of settings, including: 

  • Academic institutions
  • Public libraries
  • Corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Cultural institutions

Past MLIS graduates have gone on to secure positions at organizations such as AmeriCorps, the NYC Department of Education, Penguin Random House, the National Gallery of Art, and PepsiCo.

Learn From a Forward-Thinking Curriculum

By reaching across industries to offer students unique perspectives from practicing leaders in the library science field, the MS in Library and Information Science program helps students hone their skills in both theory and practice. 

Three core themes are highlighted throughout the program’s curriculum:

  • A focus on the users of library and information services: Students learn to keep the needs of users and potential users of library and information services in the foreground as a fundamental value of librarianship.
  • The use of technology to provide exemplary services: Students explore how and why librarians need to be able to use technology effectively to provide quality library and information services.

  • Management of information services and systems: Students learn why librarians in the 21st century must be competent managers of information, capable of innovation, efficiency, and leadership to meet clientele needs.

The MS in Library and Information Science program includes educational opportunities beyond formal coursework through one-on-one interaction with the faculty, hands-on learning in libraries and information centers, and exposure to leaders in the profession.

Graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in libraries, information centers, and the broader information environment.

Learn more about the curriculum.

Program Requirements

The 36-credit MS in Library and Information Science degree is available both online and on-campus and can be tailored to each student’s unique personal and professional schedule. Typically, students complete the program in 18 months.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

To help students further develop specialized skills, the iSchool offers Certificates of Advanced Study (CAS) that can be taken concurrently with the MLIS program. Many students add a CAS in Data Science to their master's degree to augment their graduate education and better prepare for a career in this dynamic field.

Learn more about Certificates of Advanced Study.

A Unique Way To Learn Online

The online format of the program combines live weekly classes, multimedia coursework, and collaborative group learning exercises. The innovative learning technology platform helps students cultivate lifelong professional relationships and personally interact with fellow students and alumni. 

Courses are led by professors who bring a wealth of experience from the field directly to the classroom, helping students learn skills that are immediately applicable to their day-to-day work environments. 

1 U.S. News & World Report. Accessed March 2019.