School of Information Sciences - MLIS Online at Pitt

LIS & the iSchool

An ALA-Accredited Program with a Rich Heritage
As you prepare for a career in the information professions, we urge you to consider the School of Information Sciences. The Master of Library and Information Science degree program has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association since 1926. The program has a 100+ year tradition of educating librarians and informational professionals. In addition to our online and on-campus MLIS programs, we also offer a rigorous Doctor of Philosophy in Library and information Science (on-campus only) for those seeking careers as faculty members and researchers and administrators.

A degree from an ALA-accredited program is a necessity for career placement, advancement, and mobility in all types of libraries. Our MLIS program is ranked tenth in the 2009 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the 62 accredited programs in the U.S.

The iSchool profile
At the School of Information Sciences (the iSchool), our curriculum and research activities are focused on people, their information needs, and the technology to manage such information. It is estimated that the amount of information available for human use doubles every three years. As society enjoys an escalating amount of available information, corporations and organizations need highly-trained professionals to manage information and access.

For more than 100 years, the iSchool has educated students to become leaders in the information professions. They may work in libraries and archives, companies and manufacturing industries, or governments and nonprofits. They may work with books, artifacts, digital documents, routers, networks, or databases. They solve problems in the boardroom, the operating room, or the schoolroom. They have a set of skills and the theoretical knowledge to harness the power of this influential resource, information.

Our school offers degree programs in Information Science, Library and Information Science, and Telecommunications. Our graduates have the skills and knowledge to help advance society through effective use and management of information.

The University of Pittsburgh: A Major Research Institution with a Large Graduate Student Population
The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt is a top-tier research institution with more than 200 graduate degree programs. An AAU member institution, Pitt was ranked in the top cluster of The Top American Research Universities; noted as the nation’s 8th best value for out-of-state students in The Kiplinger 100: Best Values in Public Colleges; and is home to quality faculty who have been honored by membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Educational Research of Association.

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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 >

Accredited by ALA

This ALA-accredited program is ranked 10th by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine’s 2009 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools."

SIS is a member of the ISchools Caucus

Enriching Careers

The Holocaust Museum, the Queens Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Seattle Public Library…just a few of the places recent iSchool graduates are employed.