Overview of SLIS 

The School of Library and Information Science awards the Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS). This 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. Part time students are given a maximum of five years to complete the program.

This is an entirely online degree program.

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 for almost a decade, and we are proud of the level of student/faculty interaction and the quality of instruction offered. [Please note that the MLIS degree program is not part of LSU Online, which has a different admissions and course schedule. Our students are admitted through the LSU Graduate School and our classes are offered during the regular academic calendar fall, spring and summer semesters.]

Six core courses are completed by all students and provide a solid grounding in the theory and practice of evaluating, collecting, describing, organizing and disseminating information. Students then complete six elective courses that represent their interests and career goals. Students may choose, but are not required, to specialize in a specific area of LIS. Descriptions of specializations can be found here.

Individuals may apply to the program at any time. Students are admitted for the fall or spring semester. Admissions requirements may be found here.


The mission of the School of Library and Information Science is to prepare information professionals for the 21st century. The School accomplishes this mission through the discovery of knowledge about information and its uses; the education of the next generation of information professionals in the theory and practice of evaluating, collecting, describing, organizing and disseminating information in any format and/or environment; and engagement with communities through professional service and collaboration.


Contact Information

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
267 Coates Hall

Phone: 225-578-3158
Fax: 225-578-4581