Library and Information Science, M.L.I.S.

Admission to the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) program is selective and based on the faculty’s assessment of the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study and potential contribution to the profession.  The faculty take a holistic approach to the admissions process.  Consequently, an applicant’s entire file and interview are taken into consideration before an admission decision is made.  The following materials are required for full consideration: 

  1. The School of Library and Information Science Supplemental Application (accessible through the Graduate School application), where applicants respond to statement provided;
  2. Official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended (whether or not a degree was earned);
  3. Two letters of recommendation attending to your academic performance and/or job performance—letters from friends and relatives addressing personal attributes do not qualify;
  4. A qualifying score on either the GRE or MAT—a previously earned master’s degree may be accepted in lieu of a test score at the discretion of the admissions committee; and, if appropriate for applicants whose native language is not English, a qualifying score on a test of English as another language and appropriate immigration documentation.

Degree Requirements (36 Hours)

For the Master of Library and Information Science degree, an approved program of at least 36 semester hours of graduate course work must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (B) overall. Required courses and the technology competency requirement are designed to provide students with an understanding of the information profession. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation, each student will submit an electronic portfolio documenting learning and professional growth during the MLIS program.


Course Title Credits
ISCI 701Ethics, Values, and Foundational Principles of Library and Information Science Professions3
ISCI 702Community Engagement and Service3
ISCI 703Reference and Instruction3
ISCI 704Leadership in Information Organizations3
ISCI 705Research Design and Evaluation3
ISCI 706Information Organization and Access3
Select 18 hours of electives18
Total Credit Hours36

Students on the School Library track have a prescribed set of courses for certification.

End-of-Program Portfolio

Program of Study

Students and their advisors will choose a minimum of 18 hours of elective courses. No more than six (6) hours can be below the 700-level and courses below the 600-level will not be accepted on the Program of Study. Elective courses in the School of Library and Information Science and other graduate departments may be used to develop a specialization in one or more areas or to provide a broad, general preparation for the information professions. A minimum of 18 graduate hours must be completed within the School. The remaining 18 hours may be taken in other related academic units of the University. Students have the option of transferring up to six semester hours of graduate course work from colleges or universities other than the University of South Carolina. Courses which will be more than six years old at the time the MLIS degree is awarded may not be included on the student’s Program of Study.