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Master of Arts in Library and Information Science

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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

symbol for new informationMaster 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. For more information about this program go to:

General Requirements for the Master's in Library and Information Science:

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 degree program:

Fieldwork 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. For information about fieldwork, contact Maria Treadwell, Fieldwork Coordinator,

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.