Library media specialist

Master of library and information science University of Missouri
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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 is for people who are already certified to teach in the state of Missouri. Certified to teach, but not in Missouri? Contact Denice Adkins at to ask if this program is the right choice 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 with an emphasis in library media specialist (MLIS)


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

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.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Librarians
Employment growth
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Library jobs requiring a master’s degree

Program structure

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 one or two classes each semester and finish the program in two to four 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 includes

  • 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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2-4 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester


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.

Faculty spotlight

Denice Adkins

Research areas:

  • Latino/hispanic literacy practices
  • Genre fiction readers and their motivations
  • Public library outreach to underserved populations
Denice Adkins, PhD
Associate Professor
Beth Brendler

Research areas:

  • Youth library services
  • Adolescent literature
  • Sociocultural theory
Beth Brendler, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor

Learn more about this program

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