Master of Library and Information Science

MLIS Curriculum

The MLIS degree program is 63 quarter credits, consisting of three elements: core courses, electives, and a final degree project. Program requirements are the same for students in the residential MLIS and online MLIS programs. Law MLIS students should refer to their specific requirements, which differ.

The MLIS curriculum is grounded in a set of core courses which are designed to give you a broad and solid foundation in important aspects of the library and information science field. Our world-class and diverse faculty has established this core curriculum to provide a conceptual and theoretical base of knowledge on how information is organized, stored, searched, and used, along with important technological, policy, pedagogical, research, management, and design concepts.

Beyond the required core courses, you have a lot of flexibility and the option of designing a program of study specific to your interests and career goals. Elective credits may include advanced LIS courses, other iSchool graduate courses, directed fieldwork, independent study, or relevant upper-level coursework in other academic disciplines.

Courses in the core cover the following topics:

  • LIS 500 The Question of Information (2 credits)
  • LIS 510 Information Behavior (3)
  • LIS 520 Information Resources, Services, and Collections (4)
  • LIS 530 Organization of Information and Resources (4)
  • LIS 550 Information and Society (3)
  • LIS 560 Instructional and Training Strategies for Information Professionals (3)
  • LIS 570 Research, Assessment, and Design (4)
  • LIS 580 Management of Information Organizations (4)
  • One (1) Information Technology Core Course (4)*

*The following courses fulfill the Information Technology Core Course requirement (choose one to fulfill the core requirement, with the option of taking additional to fulfill elective credits):  INFX 542, INFX 543, INFX 544, INFX 546, INFX 547, INFX 572, or INFX 573. 

More Information

Read LIS course descriptions in the course catalog
Read INFX course descriptions in the course catalog
Find out about the Law Librarianship option.
Find out about the School Library Media Endorsement.