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More LBSC Faculty Information

Library and Information Science (LBSC)   

Program Title and Classification

Library and Information Science

Graduate Degree Program

College: Information Studies


The fully American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of Maryland prepares graduates to be socially engaged and technologically focused information professionals, ready to create, educate, and innovate.  The MLIS is a professional degree that provides students with a comprehensive foundation in both research and practice in library and information science. This foundation prepares students for careers with government agencies, archives, museums, libraries, startups, and any organization engaged in information activities.


At the iSchool we seek students who will serve as the next generation of leaders in information science and who will succeed in the dynamic and evolving global information society.


The MLIS program is designed for students from a wide variety of academic and career backgrounds, and is flexible enough to accommodate students working full or part-time. Students can complete their MLIS degree in-person, fully online, or through a hybrid approach.


Each student in the MLIS Program selects one of our unique specializations.  Our specialization offerings are:


  • Archives and Digital Curation
  • Individualized Program Plan
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • School Library
  • Youth Experience 


To request information about the MLIS program, please reach out to us at or at  

Admissions Information

General Requirements:



Program-Specific Requirements:



Admission decisions are based upon a thorough review of the applicant’s academic record, 3 letters of recommendation, resume/CV, a statement of purpose and a 500 word application essay. Other factors, such as other graduate degrees and work experience, may be considered.


Please visit the Admissions page for complete information:


For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Feb29 Sep
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Feb29 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 36 credits

Non-thesis option (Field Study): 36 credits

LBSC 602: Serving Information Needs (3 credits)

LBSC 631: Achieving Organizational Excellence (3 credits)

LBSC 671: Creating Information Infrastructures (3 credits)

LBSC 791: Designing Principled Inquiry (3 credits)

Thesis option: INST 701: Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits) and LBSC 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Non-thesis option: LBSC 703: Field Study in Archives, Records and Information Management (3 credits) or LBSC 707: Field Study in Library Service (3 credits) 

1. Archives and Digital Curation

2. Diversity and Inclusion

3. Youth Experience

4. Individualized Program Plan

5. School Library

6. Legal Informatics

7. Intelligence and Analytics


The MLIS degree requires 36 credit hours of academic work to be completed with a B minimum average within five calendar years from the first semester of registration. A full-time MLIS student usually completes the program in two years. The time limit for completion of all degree requirements is five years.


Students completing their MLIS courses in-person may take courses in the daytime and evening and may change from part-time to full-time and vice versa, as their circumstances permit. Most in-person MLIS courses are offered during the evening, but there are online sections offered on a rotating basis.

The History/Library Science (HILS) dual degree program requires 54 credit hours for the MLIS and MA in History. The time limit for completion of all degree requirements for this dual degree program is five years.

Each student works with an advisor to design a suitable course of study. All MLIS students must successfully complete the following 3 core courses in their first 18 credits:

  • LBSC 602 - Serving Information Needs
  • LBSC 631 - Achieving Organizational Excellence
  • LBSC 671 - Creating Information Infrastructures

And after 18 credit hours:

  • LBSC 791 Designing Principled Inquiry

In addition all non-thesis MLIS students are required to complete a required field study course. The section they take should correspond to their program of study:

  • LBSC 703 Field Study in Archives
  • LBSC 707 Field Study in Library Science
  • LBSC 744 Field Study in School Library

The remaining courses are electives selected by the student and an academic advisor in the iSchool.

At least 24 credits of the 36 required credits must be courses taken in the College (LBSC, INST, or INFM). A student may take courses in other UMCP departments or through the Consortium at other area institutions (limit of six credits). Six credits may be transferred from another accredited graduate program. Up to 12 credits earned as an Advanced Special Student at UMCP may be applied to the degree. Information about policies and procedures governing degree requirements and courses taken outside the College is available from the College's Student Services Office and on the College's website at


Facilities and Special Resources

The College operates six research centers: the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and the Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), the Cloud Computing Center (CCC), the Trace Center, and the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC). iSchool faculty and doctoral students also participate in or have affiliations with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory (CLIP), as well as the Departments of Computer Science, English, and Sociology, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the College of Education.

Faculty and students participate in cooperative research with staff of the University Libraries, the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and other campus units. Students have access through cooperative arrangements and programs to the resources of Archives II, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and other prominent research facilities.

Financial Assistance

For more information on financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid section of the College of Information Studies website.

Contact Statement

For specific information on the academic programs available in the College of Information Studies, admission procedures, or financial aid, contact: 



Student Services Office, College of Information Studies

4110 Hornbake Building, South Wing

4130 Campus Drive

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-2038

Fax: (301) 314-9145


Associated Information






information science, library science, School Library Media, Archival Studies, Special Libraries, Public, Academic, Private Information Operations, Manuscripts, Special Collections, Preservation, Information Resource Management, Knowledge Management, Librarian, Archivist, digital curation, digital assets, e-government, Diverse populations, school libraries, digital preservation, American Library Association, records management, usability, accessibility, management, leadership, user services, public services, youth services, reference, big data, electronic records management


Curation and Management of Digital Assets (online) (Z093)

History and Library & Information Science (HILS)

Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM)

Information Management (INFM)

Information Studies (INFS)

Library and Information Science (online) (LBSO)