MLIS Requirements

MLIS Requirements

vMasters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) Program

The general MLIS program is a track is a 36-credit hour program that is customizable to student areas of interest. After taking 18 credits of core classes, students have the flexibility to take 18 credits of elective classes in any area of their choosing.


Each student must take 18 credits of core courses. The first 4 are to be taken early in the program and are frequently listed as prerequisites to other courses, while the last 2 should be taken towards the end of the program.

    • LSC 502 Lead, Manage & Connect Library and Information Services
    • LSC 504 Searching for Answers: Meeting Users’ Information Needs
    • LSC 505 Organization of Information
    • LSC 508 Introduction to Information Science and Technology*
    • LSC 557 Document, Assess, Evaluate (prerequisite: completion of 15 credits or permission of instructor)
    • LSC 595 Apply and Reflect (prerequisite: completion of 18 credits or permission of instructor) – this may be repeated for up to 6 credits, however only 3 credits are required for graduation.

*LSC 508 is required only for students beginning the program in Fall 2017 or later.

Optional Tracks will have different core courses.



All students (except those in the School Library Media program) must take 18 credits of electives selected in consultation with an advisor. With the advisor’s approval, 6 elective credits may be taken in courses outside library science but relevant to the student’s specialization.


Credit for Courses Taken Prior to Admission:

Subject to the approval of the GSLIS director and the dean of the Graduate School, up to six credits of GSLIS courses taken prior to admission into the MLIS program may be counted toward the 36 credits required for the degree.

Credit for Courses Taken at Other Institutions:

University rules permit up to 20 percent of the 36 credit program (6 credits) to be made up of transfer credits for courses taken at another accredited institution. Those courses must be at the graduate level equivalent to URI’s 500 level courses and must be relevant to the student’s program of study. Once admitted into the program, students may take relevant courses at other institutions within the 20 percent limitation after obtaining prior approval.


A student may simultaneously earn an MLIS degree and another master’s degree in one of the following areas of study:

Other dual-master’s degree programs may be tailored with the consent of the GSLIS director and other departments.

In addition to the MLIS program, GSLIS also offers a Teacher Certification Program (TCP) for individuals who have already earned the MLIS but wish to complete the additional requirements of the School Library Media Program for certification credentials.