Become an information expert

Jamie Cox

Master of Arts '14

Jamie Cox needed a degree to move up in her career but she didn't want to travel a long way to school every day. The opportunity to study online with Mizzou from her home in Illinois helped her accomplish that goal.

John Hunter

Master of Arts '14

John Hunter was offered a new position at the library in Joplin, MO, but he needed a graduate degree to be eligible. He chose Mizzou’s Library and Information Science program to start advancing his career.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
  • Delivery mode: Choose 100 percent online or with some blended courses at one of five sites
  • Credit hours: 39
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, American Library Association
  • 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.

Get the degree you deserve

The online master's degree in library and information science from MU will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to be an information expert in the information age. If you want to advance your career providing relevant and meaningful services to library users, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth 1
Library jobs requiring a master’s degree 2

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

Positions our graduates have taken

  • Archives specialist
  • Children’s librarian
  • Electronic resources coordinator
  • Emerging technologies librarian
  • Library acquisition and e-resource specialist
  • Medical reference librarian
  • Research analyst

Program structure and topics

You can complete this program entirely online or take advantage of occasional face-to-face courses at one of five locations in Missouri and Nebraska.

Courses are semester-based, though some courses are in an eight-week format. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in three to four years. Students who attend full-time typically finish in two years.


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

Most library and information science faculty are based in Columbia, MO with faculty in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Course work covers

  • Information services, systems, and technologies
  • Organization of information, cataloging, and classification
  • Digital libraries and media
  • E-Learning information services
  • Community and diversity leadership
  • Management of information collections and agencies
  • Archival sciences
  • Digital humanities
  • School librarianship

In-state tuition rates

As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

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.