The online Master of Science in Library and Information Science meets the same high academic standards of Syracuse University’s on-campus programs. The 36-credit curriculum consists of:
18 credits of core coursework
15 credits of electives
3 credits of exit requirements
Students will complete core coursework in the following topics: Introductory Concepts, Information Resources, and Management and Policy.
Introduction to the Library and Information Profession – 3 Credits This course focuses on the key components of the library and information field. Students learn about the general structure, issues and problems, research, and literature associated with the library and information profession.
Reference and Information Literacy Services – 3 Credits Students explore the use of print and electronic resources and delivery of services in libraries to meet the information needs of communities in a broad range of contexts. The assignments for this course require you to work in collaboration with a partner library and degreed/certified librarian. Prior to the semester start or during the first week of the semester, you will identify a librarian and library. There must be at least one degreed/certified librarian at that library that agrees to work with you throughout the semester.
Information Resources: Organization and Access – 3 Credits This course is an introduction to theories, tools, and standards for information organization and access, including cataloging rules and formats, content analysis, indexing, classification, and fundamentals of information retrieval systems.
Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment – 3 Credits Students in this course focus on user-centered planning, marketing, and assessment of activities that support core functions of libraries, such as collection development, systems, and public services. The assignments for this course require you to work in collaboration with a partner library and degreed/certified librarian. Prior to the semester start or during the first week of the semester, you will identify a librarian and library. There must be at least one degreed/certified librarian at that library that agrees to work with you throughout the semester.
Management Principles for Information Professionals – 3 Credits Students learn the basic ideas, concepts, and perspectives of management as they apply to the information professions. Students apply basic principles of organizational theory and behavior and managerial techniques needed to improve organizational effectiveness.
Information Policy – 3 Credits This course covers public policy issues that affect the information, library, and telecommunication sectors. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of privacy and security, intellectual property, freedom of expression, communications access, and public sector information. Students apply economic, legal, and political science concepts to policy analysis.
The exit requirement for the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree is either a three-credit internship or independent study.
Internship Students are required to participate in a fully supervised internship experience. Credits for the internship vary, and students will work with an academic advisor to determine the number of credits an internship entails. Students can take a maximum of six credits.
Independent Readings & Research Students who already possess significant professional work experience in libraries or information centers may elect to do a culminating project in place of an internship.
Immersion – Required – Not for Credit Hosted twice per year, immersions allow students to meet and collaborate with their peers, learn from guest speakers who are industry experts, and participate in collaborative workshops. Students will be required to attend at least one immersion during their degree program.