Degree Requirements for Students Starting in Fall 2015 and After

Master of Arts in Library and Information Science

Beginning in Fall 2015, the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science will require a total of 37 credits to complete.  Please see the requirements below.  More information can be found on the SI Policy - Graduate webpage,

Core Courses (15 credits)

504: Foundations of Library and Information Services - 3 credits

506: Research Methods for Library and Information Professionals - 3 credits

515: Organization of Information - 3 credits

520: Ethics for Library and Information Professionals - 3 credits

698: Capstone Internship Exit - 3 credits

Distributed Electives Areas (9 credits)

Students must take 9 credits of electives, distributed over 3 categories. The curriculum committee approves the courses that fulfill the distribution requirement in each category.

  • Cultural Perspectives on Libraries and Information - 3 credits
    We live in a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and increasing global world. SI offers a range of courses that look at library and information issues from cultural perspectives. Learning to view knowledge and information issues through various cultural lenses makes it easier to understand that there are always multicultural perspectives to library and information issues, services, and technologies. One course is required from approved courses in this area to satisfy this requirements.
  • Evaluation of User Needs and Management of Information Services - 3 credits
    A primary task for library and information professionals is to evaluate the quality of information resources. For example, whether they are working at the reference desk or making collection development decisions, librarians need to be able to select appropriate materials that will effectively meet the information needs of the patron.  Library and information professionals are invariably called upon to act as managers of information services and frequently become managers of information-based institutions. As a result, they need to be familiar with the basic principles of management and how these principles apply in the context of an information service such as a library. It is strongly recommended that students fulfill the management requirement in the second half of their studies. One course is required from approved courses in this area to satisfy this requirement.
  • Information Technology and Networked Digital Information - 3 credits
    Information technologies and digital networked information are an increasingly important part of the knowledge and information environment of the 21st Century. Library and information professionals need to understand these technologies and be able to use them to manage both print knowledge and information records and the increasingly ubiquitous digital information resources. One course is required from approved courses in this area to satisfy this requirement.

Electives (12 credits)

Twelve credits of electives can be selected among any graduate-level courses offered within the School of Information.  Students can choose to focus their electives within a certain concentration of interest.  Please see concentrations and courses here,

Six credts of electives can be used toward 'Other Curricular' options.  More information can be found in the SI Policy-Graduate webpage,

Final Requirements (1 credits)

909: ePortfolio (Electronic Portfolio) - 1 credit

Further Details

Additional information may be found on the Graduate Advising Web Page including links to advising videos on a number of topics, course planning worksheets and other resources. You may also schedule a face to face or virtual advising appointment with one of our graduate advisors or our office experts if you need more information.


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