Library and Information Science: The Degree

Our program is the only Master’s Degree in the state of Missouri to be fully accredited by the American Library Association. Upon successful completion of the 42-hour program of study (39 credit hours for students admitted for Fall 2014 and later), you will receive a Master of Arts in Information Science & Learning Technologies with an Emphasis in Library Science.

The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT) was formed in 1997 with the merger of the School of Library and Informational Science and the Department of Educational Technologies. SISLT is one of five units in the University of Missouri College of Education.

Structure

We use several different course structures to provide you with the broadest and most instructionally-appropriate class opportunities.

  • Face-to-face classes, giving you the opportunity to meet classmates and future colleagues.
  • Online asynchronous classes, allowing you to participate any time, anywhere.
  • Online synchronous classes, scheduled at fixed times to allow online, real-time interaction without the drive time.
  • Hybrid classes, combining face-to-face and online instruction.

Location

Face-to-face and hybrid classes are offered at five different locations:

  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Omaha, Nebraska.

Most LIS faculty are based in Columbia, with clinical faculty in St. Louis and Kansas City. Partnerships with Missouri State University and the University of Nebraska-Omaha allow us to provide classes in those locations as well.

Curriculum

Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives