Technology + literature = success

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, American Library Association
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 39
  • Estimated program cost: $17,668.17*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online MLIS degree can help you

The online master’s degree in library and information science with an emphasis in library media specialist from MU is an ALA-accredited program that prepares school librarians to help students (and others) become digitally literate. If you want to combine technology and literature to help others succeed, this is the program for you.

This program confers school library certification for teachers in the state of Missouri. Looking for school library certification, but not in Missouri? Contact Denice Adkins at to ask if this program is the right choice for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth1
Library jobs requiring a master’s degree2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Librarians

2 National Center for O*NET Development. 25-4021.00. O*NET OnLine

Jobs for MLIS graduates may include

  • Information literacy librarian
  • Library media specialist
  • School librarian
  • Academic librarian
  • Student success librarian
  • Librarian at a public library

MLIS employment opportunities are not restricted to schools.

Program structure and topics

The online master’s in library and information science with an emphasis in library media specialist is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Students typically take two classes each semester and finish the program in two years.

Your plan of study will include IS_LT 7380 School Library Practicum (3 credit hours), which requires 100 clock hours spent in a school library or school libraries in your area.

Note This program is intended for practicing teachers who already have their initial teaching certification. It does not provide the initial certification required to become a teacher.

Course work covers

  • Information services, systems, and technologies
  • Organization of information, cataloging, and classification
  • Management of school libraries
  • Working with school library personnel
  • Action research in school libraries
  • Children’s and young adult literature

Meet our faculty

Denice Adkins, PhD

Associate professor

Research areas:

  • Latino/hispanic literacy practices
  • Genre fiction readers and their motivations
  • Public library outreach to underserved populations

Beth Brendler, PhD

Assistant teaching professor

Research areas:

  • Youth library services
  • Adolescent literature
  • Sociocultural theory

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. SISLT is a proud member of the iSchools consortium, an international coalition of leading information schools.