School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Online

The iSchool recognizes that successful information professionals come from all walks of life and that prospective students are not always able to move to Pittsburgh to pursue their degree. Therefore, we have partnered with Pitt Online to offer an MLIS program that permits you to earn the degree while remaining at home and in your current job. This 36-credit program, which is also ALA-accredited through 2020, can be completed online within two years. Your program of study will provide you with the same foundational knowledge and practical skills as our on-campus MLIS degree program

Online Course Participation Policy

The asynchronous design of the courses allows for students to participate at any time or any location. Just as on-campus students are required to attend each class session and to participate in class activities, online students are required to participate actively in each learning activity as required by the individual instructor and to complete each course assignment on time. It is the responsibility of students to make arrangements for participating in the course consistently throughout the term. An instructor has the option to lower a student’s grade for lack of timely participation.

On-Campus Experience

MLIS Students wishing to participate in an on-campus experience but whose schedules do not allow them to participate during scheduled events may contact the Director of Distance Education at


Our three pathways have been developed in response to needs expressed by the profession. In addition to the core knowledge of librarianship, you’ll gain specific skill sets pertinent to your career goals.

Statute of Limitations

The Master’s Degree program must be completed within four years of the first term in which courses were taken after admission. The normal part-time course load is 6 credits per term, which permits part-time students to complete the program in six terms. The faculty, in response to a student petition, must approve exceptions to the four-year limit if extenuating circumstances exist.

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This program is hosted on the Pitt Online platform, an easy-to-use online learning environment at the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more >


  • Shabana Reza
    Recruitment & Admissions
  • Phone: 412-624-3988
    Fax: 412-624-5231

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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.