School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

Master of Library and Information Science

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The role of information professionals has changed dramatically as the volume of available information has increased and technology for information search and retrieval has advanced. The ability to manage the growing array of information tools has led to new opportunities for those who want to work in the information field, a discipline which bridges the management of both traditional and emerging information sources. The MLIS program is responsive to the information marketplace and encourages the development of creativity, professionalism, and a proactive attitude to the needs of various clienteles in library and information service environments.

The MLIS degree is a 36-credit program that can be completed in three consecutive terms of full-time study or up to four years (twelve terms) of part-time study.

There is a series of mandatory core courses -- the remaining courses are tailored to your career goals or chosen specialization. It is important to plan carefully, in consultation with your faculty advisor, to make the best use of the educational opportunities available at the School of Information Sciences.

Students will take the four required courses* for the MLIS degree.

*The specializations (see this page) may have different core and required courses -- students should work with their advisors to ensure that they are following the proper course of study.

Upon completion of the MLIS degree, graduates will incorporate the knowledge, skills, ethical foundations and social responsibilities of the information professions into professional practice. See our "Goals for Graduates of the MLIS Program."

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 full-time course load is 9 to 12 credits per term; thus, a full-time student will complete the program in three or four terms. The normal part-time course load is 6 credits per term, which permits the 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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Questions?

  • Brandi Belleau
    Recruitment & Admissions
  • Phone: 412-648-3108
    Fax: 412-624-5231
    E-mail: lisinq@sis.pitt.edu

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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.