The Master of Library and Information Science program aims to graduate qualified professionals with a thorough knowledge of theory and practice in library and information science. The program is at the graduate level because professional activity in this area is based not just on traditional and current practices but on theory that has been tested and supported by research. Graduates must be grounded in a variety of information processes and must be able to respond to the needs of a variety of information users for example, preschool and school children, undergraduate and graduate students, scholars and research scientists, public library users, the private and public sectors, professionals and non-professionals, including disadvantaged and self-defined social groups. To accommodate such variety, general principles must be stressed, together with their applications to specific cases. Technological and managerial changes have created demands for professionals with strong interpersonal and organizational skills, with an understanding of information systems and technology, with a spirit of intellectual inquiry, and with a commitment to high standards of ethical and professional conduct.
Fifteen courses constitute the minimum requirement for the regular MLIS program. Students may enter the program in January (Winter term), May (Summer term), or September (Fall term) and may complete the program in one calendar year. Full-time students normally take four or five courses but may take three courses per term. Part-time students take one or two courses per term. The duration of each term is 14 weeks.
Requirements for variations on the regular MLIS program are spelled out under "Admission Criteria." For information on how to apply to the program, please visit the MLIS Application Procedure page. For information on financial support for incoming and current students, please visit the Financial Assistance section.