ALA accredited

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).

Structure

The MLIS can be completed entirely online, but some classes offer face-to-face components.

Location

Occasionally, face-to-face and hybrid classes may be offered at five different locations:
  • Columbia
  • 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.

Degree Requirements

For students admitted in fall 2014 and later, the program consists of 39 credit hours, including 18 credits of required courses. Each student completes a practicum (two to three credits). Elective courses are selected in consultation with faculty advisers.

  • Must include 15 credit hours of 9000-level courses
  • Must include 12 hours of courses taught by a full-time faculty member

See descriptions of all SISLT classes.

See all LIS forms and planners.

Tentative Course Rotation

Careers

Librarianship is a rapidly changing field that prepares you to serve new kinds of library and information users with new expectations. Technology has changed the way librarians retrieve information for their users, yet traditional services remain the same – whether in person or online. Librarians must be information experts in the information age, and our program helps prepare you to become just that.

Career Paths

Our graduates enjoy a variety of career paths. Some of the positions our graduates have taken include:

  • Reference/web services librarian
  • Archives specialist
  • Library director
  • Electronic services librarian
  • Research analyst librarian
  • Access services librarian
  • Director, Washington Public Library
  • Library media specialist
  • Assistant director for public services
  • Vice president for product management
  • Library development coordinator
  • Director, Mid-Continent Public Library
  • Senior librarian
  • Reference instruction librarian

Scholarships & Aid

SISLT Financial Aid information

MU Student Financial Aid Office

MU Graduate Assistantships

College of Education Scholarships

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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.

Deadlines

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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

1. 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?
    • At which site are you located? At the bottom of your statement of purpose, please indicate one of the following: Columbia/Mid-Missouri; Greater Kansas City Area; Great 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 minumum 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.

2. 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