The Master of Library and Information Science degree is a program of basic professional education designed to prepare students for entry into positions in libraries and information centers in colleges, schools, communities, industries, and businesses.
The MLIS program provides students with a strong core of general knowledge of the profession and the opportunity to explore individual areas of interest as related to specific career preparation.
Upon completion of the MLIS program:
Instruction is available to students in all areas through an extensive program of distributed learning. Distributed learning is an instructional model that involves various information technologies to help students learn. Over the past thirty years SLIS has offered high-quality instruction for distance and campus-based learners. All students have the option to take a course online or on campus. Most students complete their degree entirely online, although a few on-campus courses are offered each semester.
SLIS now offers a Fast Track option. The Fast Track allows students to complete the MLIS (36 credit hours, 12 courses) in 18 months by making available three specialized programs of study: Information Services, Library Services to Children and Young Adults, and Cultural Heritage Institutions. Applications for Fast Track MLIS are only considered for Summer Session 1 and fall terms. Fast Track MLIS applications are not considered for the spring semester.
For the Master of Library and Information Science degree, an approved Program of Study with 36 semester hours of graduate course work must be completed with a minimum grade point ratio 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.
Students and their advisor will chose a minimum of 24-27 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 24 graduate hours must be completed within the School. The remaining 12 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. No more than six semester hours may be earned in independent study credit.
Students must present a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B average) on all courses taken in the program at the time of graduation. Students who earn a grade below B on more than six hours of course work or who make a grade below C in any course will not be allowed to continue in the program (see Policy A5.01, Cancellation of Admission). Students who receive a grade below C in a course cannot apply the course toward graduation. Students who receive a grade of D+ or D in a required course (i.e., SLIS 701, 705, 707; the Technology Competency Requirement course, SLIS 706; joint program requirements; or NCATE requirements) must retake the course to attain a grade of at least C.
Additionally, Graduate School policy states that graduate students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation and allowed one calendar year to raise the GPA to at least 3.00. Students who do not reach a cumulative 3.00 GPA during this grace period will not be permitted to enroll for further graduate work.
Admission to the School of Library and Information Science is selective and is based on the faculty's assessment of the applicant's aptitude for graduate study and potential contribution to the profession. The School of Library and Information Science takes a holistic approach to the admissions process. Consequently, all supporting documents along with the application are taken into consideration before a decision is made. The admission policies of the SLIS apply to every applicant, full-time and part-time, whether via distributed learning only, on campus, or a combination of both.
The School of Library and Information Science and the University of South Carolina provide equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. The University of South Carolina System has designated as the ADA Title II, Section 504 and Title IX coordinator the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs.
A minimum of 24 graduate hours must be completed within SLIS. The remaining 12 hours may be taken in other related academic units of the University. Students also 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. Transfer credit may be transferred under the following conditions: