Library media specialist

Master of library and information science University of Missouri
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Delivery of this program’s courses is 100 percent online; no campus visits are required. A school library practicum will be required and can be completed at a location convenient to you.

If you are already a state-certified teacher: Successful completion of the program requires 39 credit hours of course work (27 credit hours of required courses, a 3-credit hour practicum and 9 credit hours of electives). Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. 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.

If you are not already teacher-certified: Successful completion of this program includes 18 credit hours of teacher education courses, a one-semester student teaching experience in a school library and completion of the Missouri Content Area Test for Library Media Specialist, in addition to the MLIS master’s program requirements.

Some online courses are synchronous. This means class lectures occur at certain times of the day/week and require the student to attend via online collaborative tools. Please refer to for course availability and details — click on "Browse Course Catalog" or "Schedule of Classes" under Guest Access.

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The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


Prior to graduation, all students must complete the ePortfolio graduation examination requirement to demonstrate their understanding of library and information science student learning outcomes. Learn more about the ePortfolio.

Nondegree-seeking enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll in up to 9 credit hours as a nondegree-seeking (in some cases, post-baccalaureate) student. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

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