The Library and Information Science (LIS) Program contributes to the essential knowledge, skills, and values of librarianship and the information professions through research, education, and engagement.


The University of Missouri LIS program will produce 1) research that transforms library and information science and 2) students who are fully prepared to be leaders in information professions.

Our online program offers the only Master’s Degree in the state of Missouri that is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). ALA’s initial accreditation was granted in 1966/67, and the program earned continued accreditation in 2015.

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We encourage our alumni to stay engaged with the School and Mizzou! Four easy ways to stay involved are (1) Host a practicum student at your workplace, (2) Support the LIS endowed scholarships, (3) Attend and speak at student group events, and (4) connect with us on social media.

Our graduates enjoy a variety of career paths. The list below is just a small sample of some of the positions that our recent graduates have taken:

  • Reference/Web Services Librarian
  • Archives Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Teen Librarian
  • Children’s Librarian
  • Instruction & Electronic Access Librarian
  • Reference and Instruction Librarian
  • Medical Reference Librarian
  • Library Acquisition & E-Resource Specialist
  • Electronic Resources Coordinator

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Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Goal 1: To ground students in history, values, ethics, and guiding principles of the information professions.
    1. 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.
  2. 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.
    1. SLO 2: Graduates will apply management principles and interdisciplinary best practices in library and information agency environments.
  3. Goal 3: To provide students with opportunities to develop cutting-edge technological skills and competences used across the information professions.
    1. 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.
  4. Goal 4: To develop an appreciation of the service-based and user-focused nature of the information professions.
    1. 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

Program Outcomes

Time to Graduation

Students in the LIS program attend classes full-time and part-time, based on their lifestyles and needs. A full-time student could graduate in as little as two years, and part-time students have up to eight years to graduate. Our data show that most of our students take between two and three years to graduate.

First Academic Year Enrolled in Library Science Cohort Grad in 1 Year Continued to 2nd Yr. Grad in 2 Years Continued to 3rd Yr. Grad in 3 Years Cumulative 3 Yr Graduation Continued to 4th Yr. Grad in 4 Years Continued to 5th Yr. Grad in 5 Years Continued to 6th Yr. Grad in 6 years
AY2012-2013 81 0% 88% 22% 60% 41% 63% 20% 9% 10% 6% 2% 1%
AY2013–2014 62 6% 79% 37% 39% 24% 68% 15% 13% 3% 2% 3%  
AY2014–2015 63 6% 75% 27% 38% 32% 65% 6% 6%        
AY2015–2016 56 7% 82% 54% 25% 14% 75% 9%          
AY2016–2017 58 5% 90% 45% 33%   Most Recent Graduation Rate is 75% in AY2015–2016      
AY2017–2018 96 4% 70% Most Recent Retention Rate is 70% in AY2017–2018            
AY2018–2019 158                        
      80% Average 2nd Yr Retention Rate 68% Average 3 Yr Cumulative Graduation Rate      
Source: Office of Assessment
  • First Academic Year Enrolled in Library Science is the first year that the student is enrolled for LIBRSCI_MA, LMS_MA, LIBMS_MLIS, or LIBIS_MLIS, for example AY2012–2013 is FS2012, SP2013, or SS2013
  • Cohort is the number of students that enrolled for the semester for the first time in a Library Science program
  • Grad in 1 year is of the cohort how many graduated in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.
  • Continued to 2nd yr is how many of the 81 cohort of AY2012–2013 were still in enrolled in a Library Science program for FS2013, SP2014, or SS2014.
  • Grad in 2 Years is how many of the 81 cohort of AY2012–2013 graduated in FS2013, or SP2014, or SS2014.
  • Continued to 3rd yr is how many of the 81 cohort of AY2012–2013 was still in enrolled for FS2014, SP2015, or SS2015.
  • Grad in 3 Years is how many of the 81 Cohort of FS2012 graduated in FS2014, SP2014, or SS2014
  • Cumulative 3 Yr Graduation is (Grad in 1 Year + Grad in 2 Years + Grad in 3 Years)


Placement data is collected annually by the Library Journal Placement and Salaries survey.

In 2018, the LIS program had 49 graduates. Of those, 8 returned surveys, and of those 8, all were employed full-time. MU LIS graduates reported an average salary of $59,533. Full data set forthcoming.

In 2016, the LIS program had 61 graduates. Of those, 20 returned surveys, and of those 20, 12 were employed full-time. MU LIS graduates reported an average salary of $45,222, ranging from a low of $31,000 to a high of $75,000. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/10/placements-and-salaries/2017-survey/explore-all-the-data-2017/

In 2015, the LIS program had 56 graduates. Of those, 16 returned surveys, and of those 16, 14 were employed. MU LIS graduates reported an average salary of $48,921, ranging from a low of $24,000 to a high of $68,000. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2016/10/placements-and-salaries/2016-survey/explore-all-the-data-2016/

In 2014, the LIS program had 55 graduates. Of those, 7 returned surveys, and of those 7, three reported being employed. MU LIS graduates reported an average salary of $43,991, ranging from a low of $40,000 to a high of $50,000. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/10/placements-and-salaries/2015-survey/explore-all-the-data-2015/