Master of Arts in Library and Information Science
Academic, Public, Special, and School Library
The School of Information offers an American Library Association Accredited degree program that includes the competencies and skills which are essential for a library and information science professional to perform at a high level of proficiency. Students complete a set of six required core courses as the foundation to the degree and can choose a path through additional electives in alignment with their professional goals and interests. For more information about the degree, see information below. Go to general requirements for the M.A. in Library and Information Science.
Note: If you choose the path to specialize in becoming a School Librarian (Educational Media Specialist) please note that certification is granted by the Florida Department of Education. All candidates for Educational Media certification are required to take the Florida Teacher Certification Examination in School Media. For more details about the School Library path, go to http://si.usf.edu/graduate/programs/media/
Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS)
with a focus on Strategy & Information Analytics
The Master of Science degree in Information Studies with a focus on Strategy & Information Analytics is an applied graduate degree program to train a “next generation” of information and intelligence professionals for the private and public sectors. The MS program is built around an innovative STEM-based model for professional analytic education. The curriculum will focus primarily on developing analytic competencies, and subsequently allow students to focus on specialized subject-matter areas.
The principal aim is to train problem-solvers who understand strategic concepts and analytic methodologies and can apply that knowledge to advance an organization’s interests and objectives. Graduates should be capable of developing and evaluating new knowledge; generating and analyzing courses of action; expressing clearly reasoned opinions; and communicating effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual display. That is, they will know how to use information and apply knowledge to make organizations better.
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About the program
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.
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, from selected Florida private universities, and other accredited universities with approval by the Master's program director.
To receive MLS degree, the student must complete the following 39 hour master's
- 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. Some electives for the School Library (Educational Media Specialist Track are required and prescribed by the department. Go to http://si.usf.edu/graduate/programs/media/ for more information or contact your advisor.
"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. For information about fieldwork, contact Maria Treadwell, Fieldwork Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need more information? Please contact the School of Information at email: email@example.com or phone/voice: (813) 974-3520. Note: Current LIS students should contact their assigned SI advisor.