This degree is part of the library and information science program, housed in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT). The program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
The MLIS can be completed entirely online. Some classes offer face-to-face components.
All of our courses are offered online. Face-to-face and hybrid classes may occasionally be offered at the locations:
- Kansas City, Missouri
- St. Louis
- Omaha, Nebraska
Most library and information science faculty are based in Columbia, with clinical faculty in St. Louis and Kansas City, and a program liaison in Omaha, Nebraska.
The program consists of 39 credit hours, including 18 credits of required courses.
- Must include 15 credit hours of 9000-level courses
- Must include 12 hours of courses taught by a full-time faculty member
Each student completes a practicum (two to three credits).
For the E-Learning Information Professional (ELIP) emphasis, students select four courses from among:
- ISLT 7361 Introduction to Digital Media
- ISLT 9410 Social Computing & Learning
- ISLT 9450 Research Methods in ISLT
- ISLT 9452 Information Literacy Instruction
- ISLT 9454 Copyright & Libraries
- ISLT 9457 Designing Computer Support for Cooperative Work
- ISLT 9467 Technology to Enhance Learning
- ISLT 9471 Instructional Systems Design
- ISLT 9473 Project Management
- ISLT 9485 Designing Online Learning
An e-learning information professional is a link between the library and people who use library materials online, either in formal or informal educational environments. They are advocates for the library and for informational materials that enhance the learning experience. They can aid instructors in information provision. Library and information science (LIS) jobs are oriented toward e-learning both at the school and academic levels.
Our graduates enjoy a variety of career paths. Some of the positions our graduates have taken include:
- Online learning librarian
- E-Learning librarian
- E-Learning and instructional technology librarian
- Reference/web services librarian
- Library director
- Electronic services librarian
- Research analyst librarian
- Access services librarian
- Assistant director for public services
- Vice president for product management
- Library development coordinator
- Senior librarian
- Reference instruction librarian
Scholarships & Aid
Before You Apply
You may test the waters by taking up to nine hours of SISLT course work, but:
- Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission;
- Be sure to take courses that will be included in your program of study – check with the student services office before enrolling;
- No more than nine hours will count toward your degree before you are officially accepted into the program.
Applications are accepted and reviewed for admission continuously until the capacity is met. The applications should be completed by:
- July 1 for fall admission
- Dec. 1 for spring admission
All applications received after the above dates will be considered for admission in the following semester.
- GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education
- Submit official test scores
- For international applicants: Official TOEFL scores (if applicable) or IELTS scores (MU code: 6875, SISLT: 90).
How to Apply
- Apply using our convenient online Graduate Application system at least 10 days prior to the deadlines above.
Upload the following materials to the online graduate application:
- Resume or CV
- This should demonstrate high potential for success in the library and information science field.
- Statement of purpose answering these questions (in 500 words or less):
- Why do you want to earn a master’s degree in library and information science?
- What areas of library and information science interest you?
- Do you anticipate working in a particular type of library or information agency?
- Where are you located? At the bottom of your statement of purpose, please indicate one of the following: Columbia/Mid-Missouri; Greater Kansas City Area; Greater St. Louis Area; Springfield, MO area; Nebraska; Other.
- Two letters of recommendation
- These should attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional.
- Unofficial transcripts
- For international applicants:
- Full admission: TOEFL paper-based test minimum 590, TOEFL internet-based test minimum 100, IELTS minimum 7.5.
- Probationary admission: TOEFL paper-based test minimum 550-589, TOEFL internet-based test minimum 80-99, IELTS minimum 6.5-7.5. Requirements for leaving probation status may include additional language testing or course work, as designated by your advisor and LIS faculty.
- Have official transcripts sent to:
MU Office of Research and Graduate Studies
210 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 652113
We encourage electronic submission, but applicants can also send materials by mail to:
SISLT Student Services Office
304 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211