MA Program Requirements Overview

Beginning Fall 2016, SLIS implemented a 39-credit curriculum. Students who matriculated in Fall 2015 or earlier, and who did not switch to the new curriculum requirements, should refer to earlier program requirements provided in the 2015 SLIS MA Program Planning Guide.

Tier One: Required courses for all MA students

All students will take the following three courses:

  • 601 Information: Perspectives and Contexts
  • 602 Information: Organization and Search
  • 603 Research and Assessment for Information Professionals

Tier M (Management):

All MA students must complete at least one Tier M course for a minimum of 3 credits. Taking more management courses is recommended.

  • 654: Information Services Management
  • 712: Public Library Administration
  • 732: Strategic Information Services

Tier T (Technology):

All MA students must complete at least one Tier T course for a minimum of 3 credits. Taking more technology courses is recommended.

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

Practicum: 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.

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

Electives: 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 count up to 6 approved transfer credits toward their MA degree. All non-LIS electives must be approved by the student's advisor.