Careers & Accreditation - Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

ALA LogoThe fully American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of Maryland (UMD) prepares students for careers in a plethora of fields - including government, higher education, archives, museums, libraries, startups, and many other organizations engaged in information activities. 

Learning Objectives of the MLIS Program

Graduates are able to:

  • Lead and manage information institutions, and be able to adapt to continually changing social, cultural, technological, and economic contexts;
  • Advocate for the needs of information institutions, their users, and their communities, as well as the needs of creators of information;
  • Develop and implement theories and best practices of information at all stages of the information cycle, from creation to evaluation to dissemination to access;
  • Apply user-focused strategies to work inclusively and equitably with diverse populations;
  • Promote information literacy and technology literacy by educating users about programs, systems, and technologies related to information behavior;
  • Solve community-based problems related to information; and
  • Contribute new approaches, ideas, and innovations in the field.

Career Paths

  • Academic libraries
  • Government libraries (state or federal government agencies)
  • Archives/Special collections
  • Public libraries
  • Museums
  • Information technology
  • Non-profit organizations other than a library
  • School libraries
  • Corporate organizations
  • Government intelligence
  • Law libraries and legal offices

More: Library Journal Placements and Salaries Report

According to a survey administered to 2018 graduates, 95.8% of respondents held positions relevant to the degree within 6 months of degree completion (which may include further graduate study). 86.2% of 2019 graduates were employed in positions relevant to the degree within 6 months of graduation.

Our average time to degree completion is 2.22 years (based on data from 2014-2018). Our retention rate after 2 years is 96.3% (based on our Fall 2016 cohort).

Average time to degree for LBSC/LBSO Students

Academic Year Average Time to Degree Median Time to Degree
2019- 2.3 1.9
2018-2019 2.2 2.0
2017-2018 2.3 2.0
2016-2017 2.0 1.9
2015-2016 2.3 1.9
2014-2015 2.3 2.0
2013-2014 2.2 2.0
2012-2013 2.3 2.0
2011-2012 1.9 1.7
2010-2011 2.3 1.7

Acceptance Rates [LBSC, LBSO, HILS]

Semester Applications Received Acceptance Rate
Fall 2013 314 78.7%
Fall 2014 278 88.5%
Fall 2015 235 88.0%
Spring 2016 31 77.4%
Fall 2016 141 78.7%
Spring 2017 51 76.5%
Fall 2017 150 82.0%
Spring 2018 62 82.3%
Fall 2018 210 80.1%
Spring 2019 82 81.7%
Fall 2019 228 71.9%
Spring 2020 74 81.1%


Mission Statement of the MLIS program 

The MLIS Program educates a diverse group of students in the knowledge, skills, habits of thought and inquiry, and ethics of the library and information professions through theory and practice, enabling them to be leaders in the state, national, and global information society.

Vision Statement of the MLIS program

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at the University of Maryland prepares graduates to be socially engaged and technologically focused information professionals, ready to create, educate, and innovate.


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