School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program


Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

This 36-credit program can be completed in three consecutive terms of full-time study or up to four years (12 terms) of part-time study. The MLIS program enjoys a sterling reputation for a reason: Its graduates are effective advocates for the responsible and constructive use of a wide array of information sources and contribute to the body of basic and applied knowledge and research in the field.

MLIS Online

This program is hosted on the Pitt Online platform, an easy-to-use online learning environment at the University of Pittsburgh. You can earn the 36-credit MLIS degree online within two years of part-time study. The program of study will provide you with the same foundational knowledge and practical skills as our ALA-accredited on-campus MLIS degree program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

This program prepares students for advanced work in research, teaching, and administration. In keeping with the University of Pittsburgh’s reputation as a top-tier research institution, students are trained to conduct original research and produce significant findings. Our faculty members are producing research in such diverse
fields as information visualization, cross-lingual information retrieval, and information behavior in children. Our research programs in archives; social informatics; information worlds and infrastructures; services for children and youth; school libraries; and health information managment all have a strong tradition of producing leaders in the field. This is a 54-credit program, including a minimum of 36 course and seminar credits beyond the master's degree and 18 dissertation credits.

Non-Degree Students

Prospective students may apply as a "non-degree" student in order to enroll in graduate-level classes at the School of Information Sciences. These students take classes without the promise or expectation of earning either a degree or Certificate. If such students should decide to go on and earn a graduate degree or Certificate within the School, they must apply to the specific degree program and will be held accountable for meeting all admission requirements for the chosen Master’s Degree or Certificate Program. Please note that only 6 credit hours taken as a "non-degree" student will be accepted towards the Master's Degree or Certificate. Admissions Requirements are located here.

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The iSchool hosts a number of opportunities for you to explore the LIS program. Attend Information Sessions at the iSchool or online, whichever suits your schedule. More >

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Strong Foundation

The blend of theory and application at the iSchool distinguishes its graduates in the job market, giving them a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical experience.