School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

What is ALA accreditation and why does it matter?

“Assuring quality, innovation, and value in library and information studies education"

The American Library Association (ALA) accredits master’s programs in library and information studies across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Accreditation is achieved through a review process conducted by an external review panel of practitioners and academics that verifies that the program meets the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies.

Graduating from an ALA-accredited program provides flexibility in the types of libraries and jobs you can apply for and enhances career mobility. Many employers require an ALA-accredited master's degree for professional level positions, and some states require an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries.” (Source: ALA website)

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the School of Information Sciences has been continuously accredited by ALA since 1962. We were successfully reaccredited for 7 years in 2013, meaning that the next scheduled reaccreditation will take place in 2020.

We are pleased that our highly-ranked MLIS program meets the standards for ALA accreditation and provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in the Information Sciences.

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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.