Master of Library and Information Science
About the Program
- The MLIS at LSU is the only ALA-accredited program in Louisiana, and has been continuously accredited since 1931.
- This is a 36-hour, non-thesis program.
- The program is 100% asynchronous online with no on-campus requirements.
- Students are admitted for the Fall and Spring semesters.
- GRE scores are waived for applicants who meet the requirements for unconditional admission.
- In-state tuition is also available to residents of the Academic Common Market states of Arkansas, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Students may complete the program part-time or full-time.
- All core courses and more than 80% of elective courses are taught by full-time faculty.
- Student are not required to select a specialization area, but those who elect to do so can choose from nine career-specific specializations ranging from academic, public or school libraries to archival studies to digital content management.
- Students may also choose to earn a Dual Degree with one of our Graduate Certificates,
a master's degree in History, or another approved academic discipline.
The program is appropriate for students with at least a bachelor's degree in any academic area who desire a career in archival studies and cultural heritage resource management, public, school, or academic librarianship, or digital content and information management.
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours (18 hours of core courses and 18 hours of elective courses)
- Completion of the degree program within five years
- A cumulative 3.0 grade-point average in SLIS courses and in courses offered by other units that are to be counted toward the MLIS
Core courses listed below must be completed with a grade of at least B
7000 Information and Society
7004 Management of Information Organizations
7008 Information Technologies and Systems
7009 (7809) Understanding Research
7010 Organization of Information
7011 Information Needs and Information Seeking
This is an entirely asynchronous online degree program.
Tuition and Fees
The MLIS is offered in an entirely asynchronous online format. The program is classified as a traditional, on-campus program, not an LSU Online program. It is listed under on-campus programs, not LSU online programs. Tuition and fees are those charged for on-campus programs, not LSU Online programs. Tuition and fee information can be found at Tuition and Fees.
Residents of Arkansas, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia may enroll in the MLIS
program at LSU and pay LSU's in-state tuition rate. For more information, see Academic Common Market.
Students who are not residents of Louisiana or the states listed above will be charged the non-resident fee.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
MLIS students are eligible for the scholarships and financial aid opportunities described at SLIS Awards and Scholarships.
Dr. Carol Barry