Degree Requirements

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.

Students are required to complete 39 credits, which include the following:

Core courses

  • LIS 601 – Introduction to Reference & Info Services
  • LIS 605 – Metadata Creation for Information Organization
  • LIS 610 – Foundations of the Information Professions
  • LIS 615 – Collection Management
  • LIS 663 – Database Searching

Note: Students must earn a final grade of B- (or better) in LIS 601; students who earn a lower grade must repeat the course.

Management (pick only one)

  • LIS 650 – Management of Library & Info Centers
  • LIS 684 – Administration of School Library Media Centers

Advanced Technology Course

Students must complete one advanced technology course. Below are LIS & ICS courses that meet this requirement, but students are encouraged to consult with their advisor to select other technology-related courses in other UH departments.

  • LIS 647 – Systems Analysis for Information Management
  • LIS 671 – Digital Librarianship
  • LIS 672 – Technology for Libraries & Information Centers
  • LIS 675 – Database Content Evaluation
  • LIS 678 – Personalized Info Delivery: Info Filtering
  • LIS 694 – Special Topics in Information Technology
  • ICS 616 – Information Architecture and Web Design
  • ICS 624 – Advanced Data Management
  • ICS 669 – Social Computing
  • ICS 686 – Digital Video Information
  • ICS 691 – Topics in Software

Students seeking a more basic technology course are encouraged to consider LIS 670 – Introduction to Information Science & Technology as an elective, to prepare for more advanced coursework that meets the technology requirement.


Beyond the requirements listed above, students must also complete 18 additional credits in the program.

Curriculum Review

The LIS 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.

Culminating Activity

Students must either complete a thesis (“Plan A”) or pass a 1-hour comprehensive oral exam (“Plan B”) to satisfy graduation requirements.

Thesis (Plan A)
Oral Exam (Plan B)

Time to Completion

It is feasible for a full-time student to plan a program of four regular semesters of 9 credit hours each plus 3 credits during a summer session, allowing time for internships and/or volunteer service, which provides valuable library experience in conjunction with an academic program.

The program may be undertaken on a part-time basis but must be completed within five years (two-year extensions are allowed by the Graduate Division for a total of seven years).

Students who were in MLISc-degree programs from other ALA-accredited library programs may, in special circumstances, petition to transfer up to 9 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 when applying to the Program.

Correspondence courses are not offered at the University of Hawaii. 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.