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

Visit the SISLT webiste for more degree information or contact Dr. Jenny Bossaller program chair.


  • 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.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: To ground students in history, values, ethics, and guiding principles of the information professions.

SLO 1: Graduates will apply the core principles, ethics, values, and body of knowledge to questions in library and information science, according to their area of specialty.

Goal 2: To provide students with the evaluative and analytical skills to respond flexibly and adaptably to future changes and challenges within the organizations and institutions where they will be employed.

SLO 2: Graduates will apply management principles and interdisciplinary best practices in library and information agency environments.

Goal 3: To provide students with opportunities to develop cutting-edge technological skills and competences used across the information professions.

SLO 3: Graduates will be competent in information organization and lifecycle activities techniques of organization of information and with using and evaluating technologies of the information professions.

Goal 4: To develop an appreciation of the service-based and user-focused nature of the information professions.

SLO 4: Graduates will be able to assess community needs, formulate plans to respond to users of information agencies, and instruct users in using informational resources.

For more information about the SLOs, including examples of the outcomes and their mastery; along with overarching skills; maps to COA Standards, ALA Standards, and SAA Guidelines; and information about the revisions process: SLOs and Goals.docx

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