Degree Requirements

Students seeking a MLIS degree must complete 39 semester hours of coursework during which they must maintain an average of "B" or better and no more than two grades of "C" will be accepted. The MLIS degree may be obtained fully "on-line."

To earn the general M.A. degree, the student must complete the following 39 credits:

  • LIS 5020 (formerly LIS 5404) Foundations of Library and Information Science or LIS 6260 Information Science in Librarianship
  • LIS 6271 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
  • LIS 6409 Introduction to Library Administration
  • LIS 6511 Collection Development and Maintenance
  • LIS 6603 Basic Information Sources and Services
  • LIS 6711 Organization of Knowledge I or LIS 6735 Technical Services in Libraries
  • Elective courses totaling 21 credit hours. These courses must be approved by the student's advisor. Note: Some electives for the School Library / School Media Specialist Track are required and prescribed by the department. See below for more information or contact your advisor.
  • Technology Elective - LIS 5268 (3) IT Concepts for Information Professionals- For students who already have a foundational understanding of information technology, this course may be substituted by another elective. All students are expected to select courses, in coordination with their advisers, which will foster competencies and understanding of theory, application, and use of technology.

To earn an M.A. degree with an emphasis on Youth Services / School Librarianship / School Media Specialist, the student must complete the following 39 credits and be aware of other Florida Deprment of Education information. See School Library Program.

  • LIS 5020 Foundations of Library and Information Science
  • LIS 6271 Research Methods in Library and Information Science/li>
  • LIS 6303 Preparing Instructional Media
  • LIS 6455 The Organization and Administration of the School Media Center
  • LIS 6603 Basic Information Sources and Services
  • LIS 6303 Preparing Instructional Media
  • LIS 6511 Collection Development and Maintenance
  • LIS 6542 The Curriculum and Instructional Technology OR LIS 5937 Teaching Information Literacy
  • LIS 6565 Books and Related Materials for Young Adults
  • LIS 6564 Materials for Children
  • LIS 6603 Basic Information Sources and Services
  • LIS 6735 Technical Services in Small Libraries OR LIS 6711 Organization of Knowledge I
  • LIS 6946 Supervised Field Work *
  • Elective course chosen with approval of advisor - Recommended - LIS 5566 Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Elective course chosen with approval of advisor - Recommended - LIS 5937 Teaching Information Literacy
  • *An elective may be substituted for LIS 6946 Supervised Fieldwork if the student is already working as a school librarian or has significant experience in a school library. Students who have substantial experience in one or more of the areas above may be able to substitute other courses with their advisor's approval.

Fieldwork Information

"Supervised Fieldwork" in the Library and Information Science program requires 120 hours on-site under the guidance of a supervisor who is a recognized information professional. LIS 6946 Supervised Fieldwork (3 CR) is a 3 credit graduate course. For information about fieldwork, contact Denise Shereff, Fieldwork Coordinator

Culminating Assessments

As part of LIS degree students are required to complete a culminating assessment. The School of Information is currently phasing out the Comprehensive Exam and replacing it with the ePortfolio.

Students are required to be enrolled in at least 2 credit hours during the semester they complete their culminating assessment and during the semester they graduate.

Deadlines and more in depth information are provided to students on the departments CANVAS site. From the landing page you can select Culminating Assessments.

E-Portfolio

The ePortfolio represents a culminating assessment of your learning based on the LIS MA program’s student learning outcomes and professional preparation for the field of Library and Information Science. Although the LIS program provides guidelines and advising as you go down the pathway to complete your ePortfolio, it is you, the student, who is responsible for its planning, design, creation, and presentation.

The ePortfolio includes representative artifacts from the 6 core classes, specialty electives, and co-curricular activities which have helped prepare you as an information professional. It is the student’s responsibility to determine and gather appropriate artifacts and write a focused narrative which best represent their synthesis of program outcomes. The artifacts and narrative should be presented in a way which clearly indicates their knowledge and application of program outcomes. Faculty advisors, mentors, and LIS administration are here to help guide your through your program and help you find choices to lead you to your professional goals. It is the student’s responsibility to create the ePortfolio and meet any deadlines imposed.

Comp Exam

The Comprehensive exam is a written paper that exhibits the student's understanding and application of the learning outcomes of the program. It is administered during the semester of graduation over a period of one week. The comprehensive examination must be taken in the semester that a student graduates, so students should plan accordingly. Students are provided with a choice of questions covering various relevant topics in the field and are to answer one in the form of a written research paper.

Need more information? Please contact the School of Information at email: si@usf.edu or phone/voice: (813) 974-3520. Note: Current LIS students should contact their assigned SI advisor.