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 Archival Studies, Records and Information Management, and School Librarianship. SLIS also offers an undergraduate minor in Digital Studies and Communication-Intensive undergraduate general education/integrated learning core courses.
All degrees, certificates and minors are entirely online.
Students interact with the faculty and other students through online media and submit all assignments and exams electronically. SLIS has been offering entirely online degree programs 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 View descriptions of specializations..
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 Archival Studies, Graduate Certificate in Records and Information Management, and a Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship.
Students are admitted for the fall or spring semester. View admissions requirements.
The undergraduate minor in Digital Studies will benefit students in any major who wish to broaden their perspectives on the rapidly changing information environment and develop skills in information processing, analysis and management. This minor provides marketable employment potential by providing tangible fundamental skills in database design, web analytics, website design and organization, and information organization and representation. Details may be found at Undergraduate Minor in Digital Studies.
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 interested in either undergraduate minor should consult their academic advisor.