School of Information Sciences - FastTrack MLIS Program

What is FastTrack MLIS?

FastTrack MLIS is an ALA-accredited degree program (36 credits) designed to meet the needs of highly motivated, independent learners seeking a career in the information professions. Through this online program, you can earn the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree as a part-time student in two years from one of the top-ranked programs in North America.

FastTrack MLIS utilizes user-friendly online education technology to present the same courses offered on-campus at the University of Pittsburgh. It is designed around the concepts of "cohorts," a community of students who travel through the program together, which allows the virtual environment to mimic the class environment of the on-campus program. Technology allows you to discuss coursework, to undertake projects, and to experience classes with a community of like-minded learners.

The FastTrack MLIS Program will be delivered to students using the following methods of instruction:

Even though the program is primarily asynchronous, every effort is made to ensure that the communication flow between teacher and learner is seamless.

Through FastTrack MLIS, you can prepare for a challenging career in:


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Accredited by ALA

This ALA-accredited program is ranked 10th by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine’s 2009 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools."

Contact Info

  • Brandi Belleau
    Recruitment & Admissions
  • Phone: 412-648-3108
    Fax: 412-624-5231

SIS is a member of the ISchools Caucus

On-line versus on-campus

At the iSchool, degree programs offered on-line are the same as those offered on-campus. Only the delivery system differs!