Library & Information Science (LIS)

Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) [Hybrid]

The MLIS emphasizes the rapidly changing library and information field. The degree requires 36 semester hours and is accredited by the American Library Association. Licensure for several career tracks in North Carolina public schools is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Graduates can qualify for the North Carolina Public Library Certification.  Sign up for an Online Information Session about this major.

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Nora J. Bird
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Example Careers

The MLIS prepares students for positions of leadership in academic, public, school, and special libraries, as well as a variety of roles in both public and private agencies and cultural organizations as information specialists.

Designed For

The MLIS is interdisciplinary and students come to it with a wide variety of undergraduate preparation. Many have worked in libraries as undergraduates or as paraprofessionals and feel that they are ready for leadership in information organizations. In addition, the School Library program trains certified teachers or librarians without licensure to be certified for work in North Carolina public schools.

Career and Practicum Opportunities

The Library & Information Science program works with information organizations where their students reside to provide meaningful practicums and volunteer opportunities. The practicum, LIS 691, is a 3-credit course and is a strongly suggested elective for all students. Please see the practicum opportunities page for information about some of the many opportunities that have been arranged or are available.

Program of study

Total hours: 36

Core courses

  • LIS 600: Foundations of Library and Information Science (3)
  • LIS 620: Information Sources and Services (3)
  • LIS 640: Information Organization and Access (3)
  • LIS 650: Library Administration and Management (3)
  • LIS 698: Capstone Experience in Library and Information Science (1)

Additional Technology Requirement (3 hours). Others by advisement:

  • LIS 630: Computer-Related Technologies for Information Management (3)
  • LIS 631: Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access (3)
  • LIS 635: Libraries and Technology (3)

Minimum Program Requirement

  • 18 hours of electives
  • Eighteen hours are selected with advisement from other graduate courses in Library & Information Science or cognate fields. Students in licensure programs in school and public libraries should confer with faculty for specific requirements.

Three-year Plan of Courses

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Ways to Customize the MLIS

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Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.