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Master of Arts in Library and Information Science

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Students seeking a MLIS degree must complete 39 semester hours of coursework during which they must maintain an average of "B" or better and no more than two grades of "C" will be accepted. Transfer credit from other recognized graduate schools is limited to six semester hours taken within the last five years with grades of "B" or better. All transfers must be approved by the candidate's faculty advisor. Transfer credits must be posted to a student's permanent record no later than one full term prior to graduation.

Class Schedules

For the convenience of students who work or commute, the School offers a flexible schedule of evening, daytime, alternate Saturday, and weekend certification courses in Tampa, at the USF extension campuses, in the East Coast Program, at various sites throughout the state, and through the Internet.

Cooperative Programs with other Florida Universities

To allow USF students even more flexibility in planning their degree programs, USF will accept up to 6 hours of approved transfer credit for courses taken from other Florida public universities, and from selected private universities.

To receive MLS degree, the student must complete the following 39 hour master's degree program:

  • LIS 5020 (formerly LIS 5404) Foundations of Library and Information Science or LIS 6260 Information Science in Librarianship
  • LIS 6271 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
  • LIS 6409 Introduction to Library Administration
  • LIS 6511 Collection Development and maintenance
  • LIS 6603 Basic Information Sources and Services
  • LIS 6711 Organization of Knowledge I or LIS 6735 Technical Services in Libraries
  • Elective courses totaling 21 credit hours. These courses must be approved by the student's advisor

Fieldwork Information - See Fieldwork on main menu (left) for more information.

"Supervised Fieldwork" in the Library and Information Science program requires 120 hours on-site under the guidance of a supervisor who is a recognized information professional. LIS 6946 Supervised Fieldwork (3 CR) is a 3 credit graduate course.

Need more information? Please contact the School of Information at email: or phone/voice: (813) 974-3520. Note: Current LIS students should contact their assigned SI advisor.