Master of Library and Information Science

Graduate Degree Options

Residential MLIS

The majority of classes in the residential MLIS program are delivered in the traditional classroom setting on the University of Washington campus. However, because not all courses are offered in an on-campus mode, residential students will take some online courses throughout their degree program (for example, information technology or special topics courses). The Residential MLIS program takes two years full-time to complete.

Online MLIS

The degree requirements (core courses, electives, and culminating experience) for the Online MLIS program are identical to the Residential MLIS program.  Coursework for online MLIS students is completed entirely online and delivered asynchronously.

All core and most electives are offered in the online mode. Online MLIS students are required to attend one 3-day on-campus orientation session at the start of their program, which typically occurs in late September prior to the start of autumn quarter. The Online MLIS program takes approximately three years part-time to complete.

Law Librarianship

Over the course of four consecutive quarters in the Law Librarianship Program you can learn to bring your background in law together with powerful new skills and theoretical lenses that will transform your career. The UW iSchool is the top-rated law librarianship program in the United States because it offers the highest level of preparation for a career in law librarianship.

The curriculum blends a strong theoretical foundation in the principles of information science with the specialized legal research and administration background you will need to thrive as a law librarian after graduation. An internship allows you to further build your portfolio and enhances your qualifications for securing your first job in law librarianship after completing the program.

Learn more about our Law Librarianship program.

School Library Media Endorsement

Students interested in pursuing careers as teacher librarians in K-12 public schools typically must have a teaching certificate and Library Media Endorsement. At the University, there are two ways we can help you earn the endorsement.

  • Masters Degree and School Library Coursework: While in the MLIS program, matriculated students may take specific coursework required for the Library Media Endorsement; these are based on the standards of Washington State, and are often applicable to all other states. A minimum of 42 credits (out of the 63 required for the MLIS) are specifically required to earn the Library Media Endorsement.  This option is best for those who would like both the MLIS degree and the flexibility of working in a K-12 public or private school, as well as working in children/youth services in a public library or other information setting.
  • Certificate in School Library Media Endorsement: The UW Educational Outreach division offers a separate Certificate program for the School Library Media Endorsement that requires less course preparation. This 25-credit program combines online learning and summer residency courses. Requirements for the certificate program may be pursued through UW Professional and Continuing Education, and to apply you must have a teaching certificate.  This option is best for those who only want the Library Media Endorsement and option of only working in a K-12 public or private school.

Learn more by reading our School Library Media Endorsement FAQs.