Our Program offers the only Master’s Degree in the state of Missouri that is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). The 39-credit hour program of study (42 credit hours for students admitted before Fall 2014) involves online (asynchronous and synchronous) and hybrid course formats to provide students with the broadest and most instructionally appropriate class opportunities.

ALA accredited

Contact Dr. Denice Adkins program chair, for more information.


  • Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS)

Library & Information Science Program Mission

The LIS Program contributes to the essential knowledge, skills, and values of librarianship and the information professions through research, education, and outreach.

Instructional Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: To offer students a strong foundation in fundamental LIS principles and competences

  • Student Learning Outcome 1: Students apply knowledge of the foundations of the information professions, including their history, ethical issues, values, and principles.
  • Student Learning Outcome 2: Students manage the life cycle of informational resources, including information acquisition, management, dissemination, organization, and preservation, in a variety of settings relevant to the work of information professionals.
  • Student Learning Outcome 3: Students apply, assess, and evaluate information technology and systems.
  • Student Learning Outcome 4: Students demonstrate an ability to prepare, advocate for, and deliver accurate and impartial information services.

Goal 2: To promote a recognition of the interdisciplinary, service-based, and user-focused nature of the profession

  • Student Learning Outcome 5: Students recognize the information needs of diverse user groups and communities, proactively address those needs, and advocate for improved services to underserved groups.
  • Student Learning Outcome 6: Students apply management principles and other cross-disciplinary perspectives to develop best practices in library and information agency environments.

Goal 3: To provide students with the evaluative and analytical skills to respond flexibly and adaptably to future changes and challenges

  • Student Learning Outcome 7: Students conduct, critically evaluate, strategically apply, and disseminate research to libraries, information agencies, and communities.
  • Student Learning Outcome 8: Students recognize the need for additional competencies in specialized areas and relevant standards from the applicable associations or accrediting bodies.

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