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. See all MLIS Program Competencies >
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, while those closer to Columbia are able to take a small number of courses in person.
SLIS now offers a Fast Track option, beginning in Summer 2013. 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. If you are interested in the Fast Track, send an email to email@example.com indicating that you want to jump on the Fast Track and your chosen area of interest.
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.
For the Master of Library and Information Science degree, an approved program of at least 36 semester hours of graduate course work must be completed with a minimum grade point ratio of 3.00 (B) on all 700-800 level courses. Nine hours of required courses are designed to provide the student with an understanding of the information professions. Students and their advisors will choose a minimum of 27 hours of elective courses. Elective courses in the School of Library and Information Science and graduate departments in other institutions 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.
A student who receives grades below B on more than six hours of course work, or an F or U in any course, may not continue in the MLIS program. The student's admission to the MLIS program will be cancelled, and he or she will not be allowed to enroll in any further SLIS courses for at least one year. Additionally, a student's cumulative grade point average on all courses attempted for graduate credit at USC within the past six years, whether listed on the Program of Study or not, must be at least 3.00 (B) in order for the student to graduate with the Master of Library and Information Science degree.
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:
Cancellation of Admission
A student who is dismissed from a SLIS program for academic reasons may request reinstatement to the program after one year. If three or more years have passed since dismissal, the student must re-apply. The student is disqualified from enrolling in any SLIS courses for a minimum of one year from the date of his/her dismissal from the SLIS program regardless of the student's status in another degree program of the University.
Students who receive grades of C+ or below in a course will be sent a letter from the Director advising the student of the dismissal or the possibility of dismissal from the SLIS program. A copy of the letter will be given to the advisor. These letters will be mailed at the end of each semester and each session of summer school.