Overview of SLIS
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) awards the Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree and Graduate Certificates in Records and Information Management, and School Librarianship. SLIS also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Library Science, an undergraduate minor in Library Science, and a Communication-Intensive undergraduate general education course, LIS 2000, Introduction to Information and Society.
All degrees, certificates and minors can be earned entirely online.
Students interact with the faculty and other students through online media and submit all assignments and exams electronically. SLIS has been offering an entirely online degree program since 2013, and we are proud of the level of student/faculty interaction and the quality of instruction offered. [Please note that SLIS is not part of LSU Online.]
The MLIS is a 36-hour degree program that may be completed full-time or part-time. Full-time students can complete the degree in two years, while part-time students are given a maximum of five years to complete the degree. Students are required to complete six core courses which provide a solid grounding in understanding the role of information in society, the theory and practice of managing information and information institutions, and providing services to clients and communities. Students also complete six elective courses that represent their interests and career goals. While not required, students may choose to specialize in a specific area of LIS. Descriptions of specializations can be found here.
Certificates may be completed full-time or part-time. Certificate requirements vary. Students have a maximum of three years to complete the certificate requirements. Specifics may be found at Graduate Certificate in Records and Information Management, Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship, and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Library Science.
The undergraduate minor in Library Science prepares students for careers as paraprofessionals in college and university libraries and public libraries. Paraprofessionals provide necessary support for the professional library staff and account for over eighty percent of library positions held in Louisiana. Details may be found at Undergraduate Minor in Library Science.
Students are admitted for the fall or spring semester. Admissions requirements may be found here.
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