Master of Library & Information Science
The Master of Library & Information Science (MLISc) program consists of a basic set of required courses, augmented by courses relevant to particular concentrations, and elective courses appropriate for various library or information careers.
The curriculum is subject to continuous review and modification; every effort is made in academic advising to ensure that programs of study suit an individual's goals. Entering students are expected to be computer-literate. Graduate standing is the normal prerequisite for all courses.
Students are required to complete 42 credits, including the following:
- LIS 601 - Introduction to Reference & Info Services
- LIS 605 - Basic Cataloging & Classification
- LIS 610 - The Information Environment
- LIS 615 - Collection Management
- LIS 650 - Management of Library & Info Centers
- LIS 684 - Admn of School Library Media Centers
- LIS 647 - Systems Analysis for Information Management
- LIS 663 - Basic Database Searching
- LIS 670 - Intro to Information Science & Technology
- LIS 671 - Digital Librarianship
- LIS 672 - Technology for Libraries & Information Centers
- LIS 678 - Personalized Info Delivery: Info Filtering
- ICS 616 - Information Architecture and Web Design
- ICS 624 - Advanced Data Management
And one of the following:
And at least two of the following:
Students are strongly encouraged to take LIS 670 - Introduction to Information Science & Technology because it is a prerequisite for many of the LIS technology-related courses.Back to Top
Plan A (Thesis)
The normal requirement for the MLISc degree under the thesis option is a minimum 42 credit hours of approved graduate study in residence. at least 27 credits must be taken in LIS courses or a combination of LIS and approved ICS courses. In addition, 3 credit hours in in a research methods course and 6 credit hours in LIS 700 Thesis Research must be taken. No directed reading credits are allowed as part of thesis research.
General examination is not required for admission to candidacy. After completing 15 credits of course work, students are advanced to candidacy upon the recommendation of the program's graduate faculty. The oral examination is not required, but research results will be presented at a student-faculty colloquium.
Students under Plan A are further governed by the standard Graduate Division regulations and procedures with respect to registration, progress reports, number of copies, etc., as outlined in the Graduate and General Catalog.Back to Top
Plan B (Non-thesis)
The normal requirement for the MLISc degree under the non-thesis option is a minimum of 42 credit hours of approved graduate study in residence. At least 33 credits must be in regular LIS courses, or a combination of LIS and approved ICS courses. Up to 9 credits may be taken in other schools or colleges when the courses chosen are relevant to the individual student's specialization and approved by the LIS program chair and the Graduate Division.
The maximum course load is 15 credit hours per term. Therefore, 42 credit hours would require at least two terms and a summer. A full load is a minimum of 8 credit hours per term.
The oral comprehensive examination is required for Plan B students. This is taken in the last semester of study.
Additional Degree Information
It is feasible for a full-time student to plan a program of three regular semesters of 9 credit hours each plus one summer of 9 credit hours and a second summer of 6 credit hours, allowing time for internships and/or volunteer service, which provides valuable library experience in conjunction with an academic program. Some students find that this allows for more thorough academic study and increases the chances of enrolling in specialized courses that are offered less frequently.
The program may be undertaken on a part-time basis but must be completed within 5 years (two-year extensions are allowed by the Graduate Division for a total of seven).
Students who were in MLISc-degree programs from other ALA-accredited library programs may, in special circumstances, transfer up to 21 credit hours toward their MLISc degree, provided the work to be credited has been completed within the time limit previously cited. Such requests must be included in the application.
Correspondence courses are not offered at the University of Hawai'i. All arrangements for advanced standing must be completed prior to admission to the Program, and all credits applicable for the degree, including transfer credits, must be completed within the seven-year limit.Back to Top