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Information Studies

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Masters Program

Non-Degree Study

Curation and Management of Digital Assets (CMDA) Certificate

The Curation and Management of Digital Assets (CMDA) Certificate is a post-master's program that focuses on instruction about and research into the creation, management, and use; the long-term preservation; and the current and future access to digital assets in a variety of disciplines and sectors of the economy. It is a four-course, fully online certificate designed for working professionals who need training in next-generation cloud computing technologies, tools, and resources to help them evaluate, select, and implement digital curation solutions.

In the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region, across the nation, and around the world, the need for professionals to manage and curate digital assets is acute. Major corporations, government agencies, international organizations, universities, cultural heritage institutions, and scientific organizations need information professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage, preserve, and curate digital resources.

Students enrolled in the CMDA certificate will complete their coursework together as a cohort, beginning their instruction at the same time and proceeding through their program as a cohesive unit over the course of twelve months. Unlike the online degree programs that follow the university’s regular academic schedule, the certificate program will run in four, 12-week segments beginning in June.




Advanced Special Student

Advanced Special Student (AdSS) status, also known as non-degree seeking status, is administered by the Graduate School. For more information on this status, please see:

The Advanced Special Student status is particularly useful for continuing education and is not intended to be used as a preparatory status for later admission to the master's or doctoral program. AdSS who wish to apply later for admission to one of the iSchool's degree programs should be advised that twelve credits earned while in the non-degree seeking status may be transferable to a degree.

Advanced Special Students may register for Information Studies courses in accordance with iSchool policy and iSchool approval on a space-available basis. AdSS who have not previously earned the Master of Library and Information Science or Master of Information Management degree are limited to taking the core courses only. Please be aware that permission to register is not given by the iSchool's Student Services Office 1-2 weeks before the semester begins. 

Advanced Special Students and students admitted to the University of Maryland College Park but not enrolled in College of Information Studies must use the Advanced Special Student Course Registration Form to request admission into an INFM, INST, or LBSC course.

Special Category of Advanced Special Students:

MLIS Holders Seeking School Library (SL) Certification Courses

The School Library (SL) specialization was designed to ensure that graduates meet the requirements for certification as a school library specialist as outlined in Section 13A.12.03.03 of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). According to COMAR, there are two routes to school library certification in the State:

  • Completion of a State-approved program, such as the MLIS with SL specialization, and recommendation by the iSchool to the Maryland State Department of Education.
  • Completion of a number of specialized courses within or beyond a master's degree as determined directly by the Certification Division of the Department of Education.

MLIS-holders can become eligible for certification under the second option (sometimes called the "credit count" option) by completing certain courses at the iSchool as Advanced Special Students. These courses are listed below. Please note that only holders of ALA-accredited MLIS degrees may pursue this option, and these students must meet SL specialization requirements, as well as those of the State. Those who complete the requirements listed below are eligible for recommendation by the College to the State as having mastered the same knowledge and skills as those regularly enrolled in the iSchool MLIS program with SL specialization.

The School Library required courses are as follows:

  • The MLIS Core commong to all iSchool MLIS degree students:
    • LBSC 602 - Serving Information Needs 
    • LBSC 631 - Achieving Organizational Excellence 
    • LBSC 671 - Creating Information Infrastructures
    • LBSC 791 - Designing Principled Inquiry 
  • Eight specialized courses related directly to the roles and responsibilities of the School Library Specialist:
    • LBSC 640 School Librarians as Information Professionals
    • LBSC 641 Selecting and Evaluating Resources for Learning
    • LBSC 642 Integrating Technology into Learning and Teaching
    • LBSC 645 Literature and Materials for Children
    • LBSC 646 Literature and Materials for Young Adults
    • LBSC 741 Seminar in School Library Administration
    • LBSC 742 Collaborative Instructional Design and Evaluation
    • LBSC 744 Internship in School Library
  • For those students without a previous degree in education, one 3-credit course in learning theory/educational psychology and one 3-credit course in classroom methods/management. These courses may be at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Generally, MLIS-degree holders meet the requirements of the core courses noted above. Sometimes, they meet the requirement for knowledge of children's or young adult literature as well. If they have successfully taken courses in any of the other topics noted above, they are also considered to meet those requirements. On-the-job experience is not considered a substitute for academic work in any of these areas.

MLIS-holders who wish to pursue School Library certification through Maryland’s iSchool should take the following steps:

  • Make an appointment with the Student Services Office to review his or her MLIS-degree transcript and develop an individualized plan of study. This plan ensures that the prospective student meets SL specialization requirements as well as those outlined in COMAR.
  • Apply to become an Advanced Special Student with the University of Maryland’s Graduate School. For more information on this status, please see:
  • Once admitted as an Advanced Special Student, contact the Student Services Office ( to request permission to register for a particular course. Please be aware that permission to register is not given until a business day before the semester starts.

Jewish Studies

MLIS candidates may pursue a non-degree graduate certificate in Jewish Studies and may apply the 12 credits of the certificate toward their MLIS degree.