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:
- The School of Library and Information Science Supplemental Application (accessible through the Graduate School application), where applicants respond to statement provided;
- Official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended (whether or not a degree was earned);
- Two letters of recommendation attending to your academic performance and/or job performance—letters from friends and relatives addressing personal attributes do not qualify;
- 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.
|ISCI 701||Ethics, Values, and Foundational Principles of Library and Information Science Professions||3|
|ISCI 702||Community Engagement and Service||3|
|ISCI 703||Reference and Instruction||3|
|ISCI 704||Leadership in Information Organizations||3|
|ISCI 705||Research Design and Evaluation||3|
|ISCI 706||Information Organization and Access||3|
|Select 18 hours of electives||18|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
Students on the School Library track have a prescribed set of courses for certification.
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.