Best Online Programs, US News, Grad Education 2022This 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 with Youth Services emphasis is designed to prepare students to work with children and teens in various library and information settings.

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.

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

For the Youth Services emphasis, students complete an additional six courses:

  • ISLT 9405 Sociocultural Aspects of Literacy or IS_LT 9403 Gender Construction in Children’s/Adolescent Literature and Media
  • ISLT 9407 Intellectual Freedom and Its Discontents
  • ISLT 9431 Children’s Library Materials
  • ISLT 9433 Youth Services in Libraries
  • ISLT 9434 Teen Library Materials
  • ISLT 9444 The Public Library

See descriptions of all SISLT classes.

See all LIS forms and planners.

Tentative Course Rotation

Careers

Services to children, youth, and families are an important part of any public library setting. There are other settings as well where youth librarianship is used – for instance, in social services settings and some specialized information agencies.

Career Paths

Our graduates enjoy a variety of career paths. Jobs for MLIS graduates with the Youth Services emphasis area may include:

  • Children’s librarian
  • Young Adult/Teen librarian
  • Youth services section manager

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

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 equivalent (MU code: 6875, SISLT: 90).

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admission into the program.

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: International applicants will need to submit the equivalent of a TOEFL score of 80 or a Duolingo score of 105 (approved tests are listed on the Graduate School’s website).
    • Probationary admission: TOEFL paper-based test minimum 550-589, TOEFL internet-based test minimum 80-99. 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