Course Requirements for the MA Program in Library and Information Studies

E-Portfolio: Completion of the e-portfolio is a graduation requirement for all students. Portfolios will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. There's more information about the e-portfolio in the MA Program Planning Guide, and read more information about the eportfolio. You can also view portfolios created by current students.

The curriculum is divided into three tiers. All listed courses are three credit courses.

Tier One: Required courses

All students will take the following three courses:

  1. 450 Information Agencies and Their Environment
  2. 451 Foundations of Reference
  3. 551 Organization of Information

Tier Two: Students must choose at least three courses for a minimum of 9 credits. All these courses are strongly recommended.

  • 635: Reference and Information Services
  • 639: Information Literacy Pedagogy
  • 644: Digital Tools, Trends, and Debates
  • 651: Cataloging * if 853 is also taken only one counts as Tier 2
  • 654: Management
  • 655: Collection Management
  • 661: Information Ethics and Policy
  • 710: Research and Evaluation Methods
  • 734: Introduction to Archives and Records Management
  • 853: Metadata Standards and Applications * if 651 is also taken only one counts as Tier 2

Tier T:  Technology. Students must complete at least one course for a minimum of 3 credits.  Taking more technology courses is recommended.

  • 640: Code and Power
  • 640: Digital Humanities Toolbox
  • 644: Digital Tools, Trends and Debates * double counts as Tier 2
  • 652: XML, Document Structures and Metadata
  • 751: Database Design and Management
  • 855: Digital Curation
  • 861: Information Architecture
  • 879: Digital Libraries


In addition to the courses listed above, students are required to complete a 120 hour practicum. Most students fulfill the practicum requirement by taking LIS 620, Field Placement in Library and Information Agencies. For more information see the Practicum page and the MA Program Planning Guide appropriate to the year you began your program.


All other courses needed to meet minimum MA program total credit requirements.

Students may take up to 9 credits of approved non LIS courses electives or approved transfer credits.  All non LIS electives must be approved by the student's advisor.  Certain non LIS electives are strongly recommended for certain tracks (see track pages).