Master’s Degree

The Master’s 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 have the option of pursuing coursework in the General Track or the School Library Media Specialist Track. Each track has specific requirements and electives that allow students to craft an individualized program of study.

Within the General Track, students can specialize further according to their professional goals. These areas of emphasis are not hard-and-fast tracks, but rather a set of suggested courses that will provide additional experience and understanding in a certain specialization.

Not all course selections are offered each semester, so it may be necessary to plan for at least three regular semesters of study for some concentrations. Multiple concentrations cannot be achieved within the 39-credit program.

General Track
School Library Media Specialist Licensure

MLISc Curriculum

All students are required to complete 39 graduate credits to earn the MLISc degree; unless otherwise noted, each LIS course is worth 3 credits. The specific requirements are listed below.

Core Required Courses

LIS 601 Introduction to Reference & Information 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 are required to repeat the course.

Management Course (pick one)

LIS 650 Management of Library & Information Centers (General Track)
LIS 684 Administration of School Library Media Centers (School Library Media Specialist Track)

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 faculty advisor to select other technology-related courses from other UH departments.

LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management
LIS 671 Digital Librarianship
LIS 672 Technology for Libraries & Information Centers
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


Beyond the requirements listed above, students must also complete a number of elective courses in the program: 18 credits (six courses) for those on the General Track or 6 credits (two courses) for those on the School Library Media Specialist Track.

Culminating Activity

Students must either complete a master’s thesis or pass a 1-hour comprehensive oral exam to satisfy graduation requirements. For more information on both options, please review the Master’s Thesis or Oral Exam pages.