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Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

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. With its unique location mere miles from Washington DC, the MLIS degree at Maryland's iSchool offers unparalleled opportunities to work with government agencies, non-profits, international organizations, and an amazing range of world-renowned libraries, museums, and archives.

The iSchool is a leader in the field of library and information science education, offering prominent programs of study in Archives and Digital Curation, School Libraries, and Legal Informatics, while also advancing LIS education by developing unique programs in Youth Experience, Intelligence and Analytics, and Diversity and Inclusion. Students are able to attain their degrees online, in-person, or through a hybrid approach. Our online students benefit from the same advanced curriculum and faculty/staff support as their in-person peers.

The combination of responsive coursework, innovative programs, a faculty of noted scholars and professional leaders, and opportunities available only within this region makes an MLIS degree from the University of Maryland an excellent starting point for a career. Our commitment to the career success of students is reflected in the very strong placement rate of graduates with full-time jobs in the profession, many of them in the Washington, DC area.

Our average time to degree completion is 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). Of the graduates who were awarded a degree in 2017, 91.2% had a job in the field before gradation and 97.2% had a job within 2 months of graduation. For more job placement data, please visit our MLIS Blog.

To learn a little more about our students, visit our About MLIS Students page

The MLIS degree program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

Mission, Vision, and Learning Objectives of the MLIS Program

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.

Learning Objectives of the MLIS Program
Each graduate of the MLIS Program of the University of Maryland will be prepared 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.

Rankings

Ranked #8 in the USA for overall Best Library and Information Studies Degree Programs 
-US News & World Report
 
Ranked #2 in the USA for Best Online Master’s of Library and Information Science Degree Programs
-TheBestSchools.org 
 
Specialization national rankings: 
#5 Archives & Preservation 
#8 Digital Librarianship
#5 Information Systems
#5 School Library Media
#5 Services for Children & Youth
-US News & World Report

Admissions

Visit our Admissions page to learn more about admissions requirements and the application process.

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Contact Us

For any additional questions, please email mlisprogram@umd.edu.