Masters 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 21 credits of core classes, students have the flexibility to take 15 credits of elective classes in any area of their choosing.
COURSES AND REQUIREMENTS
Each student must take 21 credits of core courses. The first five are to be taken early in the program and are frequently listed as prerequisites to other courses, while the last two should be taken towards the end of the program.
- LSC 502 Management of Library and Information Services
- LSC 503 Collection Development
- LSC 504 Reference and Information Services
- LSC 505 Organization of Information
- LSC 508 Introduction to Information Science and Technology
- LSC 557 Research and Evaluation in Library and Information Services (prerequisite: completion of 15 credits or permission of instructor)
- LSC 595 Professional Field Experience (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
All students (except those in the School Library Media program) must take 15 credits of electives selected in consultation with an advisor. With the advisor’s approval, six elective credits may be taken in courses outside library science but relevant to the student’s specialization.
OTHER TYPES OF CREDIT
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.
PROGRAM OF STUDY FORMS
Program of Study forms are due to the Student Affairs Office, by e-mail, by the end of your first semester in the program. This form should be completed and reviewed by your faculty advisor prior to submission. Every time a change is made to your Program of Study, you must review the change with your faculty advisor, fill out a new form, and submit to the Student Affairs Office as soon as possible. Important: The Graduate School does not accept initial Program of Study forms in a student’s final semester of graduate study.
The Nominate to Graduate Form should be submitted to the Student Services Office, by email, for processing.
Very Important! Your final updated Program of Study form must have been submitted to the Student Services Office prior to your submission of the Nomination for Graduation form. These forms cannot be turned in together on the deadline. The Graduate School cannot guarantee that you will graduate on time if you submit your Nomination for Graduation form late and without having previously submitted your final updated Program of Study.
To verify that you have an updated Program of Study form or need assistance filling out your Nomination for Graduation form, please contact the Student Services Office or contact our own, Stefanie Metko (401) 874-2878 for help. A minimum of four months before your intended graduation date.