Library and information science

Master of library and information science University of Missouri
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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.

The School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) is a proud member of the iSchools consortium, an international coalition of leading information schools.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of library and information science


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education | School of Information Science and Learning Technologies

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, American Library Association

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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

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Career prospects

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
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Employment growth
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Library jobs requiring a master’s degree

Program structure

You can complete this program entirely online. Occasional face-to-face courses and events may be offered.

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

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

Course work includes

  • 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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2-4 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester

Earn a dual master’s degree

With this program, you can concurrently earn a master of public affairs.

The programs have separate applications and require a minimum of 12 hours of shared 8000-level or above graduate credit. Learn more about the academic process for dual master’s degree students at the Mizzou Graduate School website.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. The library and information science master’s program is accredited by the American Library Association.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies