FastTrack MLIS Deadline - July 1


The FastTrack MLIS Program is designed for students who want to earn their degree from an ALA-accredited program, but cannot attend the on-campus program in Pittsburgh. The two-year degree program is Web-based, and the courses are taught by the same faculty as the on-campus program.  The application deadline for the FastTrack MLIS program is July 1, 2007 for a Fall 2007 admission. 

This online program offers three tracks, allowing students to specialize in school librarianship; medical librarianship/medical informatics; or the more general library and information science degree program, designed primarily for individuals who want to pursue careers in public, academic or special libraries.

FastTrack MLIS also offers a unique component -- students are admitted as part of a cohort of their peers that will move through the program together. The cohort system allows students to draw upon their peers as well as their instructors for support throughout the program. Peer interactions play an important part of the learning experience, and FastTrack MLIS incorporates this crucial association into the program.   

Students complete two courses each term for six consecutive terms, completing their degree in two years. Students complete their assignments when it fits their schedule as the program is asynchronous. Early in their studies, FastTrack students come to the University of Pittsburgh for five days to complete course requirements, receive hands-on computer training and to meet the School's faculty and staff and other FastTrack students. In each of the subsequent terms, FastTrack students are required to come to campus for a weekend, conveniently scheduled so as to impact work schedules as little as possible. 

Students will find the technology behind the FastTrack MLIS Program easy to use and manage.  FastTrack utilizes four methods of instruction: Web-based asynchronous course delivery; CD-ROM delivery of course-and program-related materials; synchronized, real-time conferencing for interactive sessions between instructor and students and among students; and the on-campus learning experience.

For more information about the degree program, visit  So, start building your career by working with a dedicated faculty and a cohort of career-minded peers in the FastTrack MLIS program.