Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs


MLIS ClassroomThe program for the Master of Library and Information Studies degree requires 36 credits of course work; at least one course with a paper requiring significant independent research; and a written comprehensive examination.

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

Elective Courses

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. Learn more about how to develop a customized course that meets your own learning objectives by developing an Independent Study course.

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.

LSC 593: Independent Study

LSC 596: Professional Field Experience