US News Best Online Programs badgeThis 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). Emphases are available in E-Learning Information Professional (ELIP) and Archival Studies.

Structure

The MLIS degree program is offered completely online.

We use several different course structures to provide you with the broadest and most instructionally appropriate class opportunities.

  • Online asynchronous classes allow you to participate anytime, anywhere.
  • Online synchronous classes, scheduled at fixed times to allow online, offer real-time interaction without the drive time.

Course registration materials will indicate if a course has any synchronous sessions.

Degree Requirements

The program consists of 39 credit hours, including 18 credits of required courses. 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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Deadlines

The application packets should be completed by:

  • Fall admission:
    • Priority deadline: Feb. 15
    • Regular deadline: May 1
  • Oct. 15 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).

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admission into the program.
MLIS Admissions Frequently Asked Questions.

How to Apply

1. Apply using our convenient online Graduate Application; incomplete applications cannot be considered.

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.
  • Responses to essay question prompts
    • Demonstrate your ability to succeed in a competitive Masters program that meets wholly online.
      • Help the Admissions Committee understand what you will bring to the program, and why you’re a good fit.
    • In addition, demonstrate your capacity for success in a rapidly evolving and social field.
      • LIS professionals make extensive use of technology and must be excellent communicators.
      • They are highly engaged, constantly learning, and ethical in the work they do providing access to information for their users.
      • For additional insight into what the program requires, look to the student learning outcomes.
  • 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.

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