Library and information science/library media specialist: Online master’s degree
Master of library and information science with an emphasis in library media specialist (MLIS)
- 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: $16,901.43*
*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 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.
Just looking for Library Media Specialist certification, not a master’s degree? Learn more about our certification preparation program.
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.
Don’t have a Missouri teaching certificate but still want to be a school librarian? Contact Denice Adkins at email@example.com to ask about standalone Library Media Specialist certification.
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
- Latino/hispanic literacy practices
- Genre fiction readers and their motivations
- Public library outreach to underserved populations
Beth Brendler, PhD
Assistant teaching professor
- 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.