School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

Individualized Program of Study

(On-campus and online)

Fall Term of Entry only.

Available to both the on-campus and online MLIS students, the Individualized area of interest will give you the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to succeed as an information professional in a wide variety of positions. Graduates go on to work in government, healthcare, finance, public policy, scientific labs, museums, special libraries, nonprofits, universities, creative industries, the corporate sector, and more. During the course of your program, you will take four core courses to gain competency in organizing, retrieving, and managing information. These courses will introduce you to the key principles and technologies that shape contemporary information services. Beyond the four core courses, your plan of study can be designed around your individual and career interests by taking a series of eight elective courses.

As part of your program of study, you may also develop individual research projects and undertake supervised field experience. This area of interest is flexible, personalized, and structured according to your individual interests and the latest developments in the information professions.

Students will take the four required core courses in the MLIS degree.


To view the term in which a class is offered, please see the Projected Course Offerings.

Click here for the current plan of study.


Elizabeth Mahoney, Lecturer


For more information about this area of interest, please contact our Student Recruitment Coordinator at or 412-624-3988. 

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