• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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 confers school library certification for teachers in the state of Missouri. Looking for school library certification, but not in Missouri? Contact Denice Adkins at adkinsde@missouri.edu to ask if this program is the right choice for you. 

MLIS employment opportunities are not restricted to schools. Jobs for MLIS graduates may include:

  • Information literacy librarian
  • Library media specialist
  • School librarian
  • Academic librarian
  • Student success librarian
  • Librarian at a public library

Program structure and topics

The online masters in library and information science with an emphasis in library media specialist is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Students typically take two classes each semester and finish the program in two 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 covers:

  • 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

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  2. A written personal statement

    Personal statement (500 words or less) answering these questions: Why do you want to earn a master’s degree in library and information science? What areas of library and information science interest you? Do you anticipate working in a particular type of library or information agency?

  3. 2 letters of recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and LIS professional. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.

  4. Official/Unofficial transcripts from all previous schools
  5. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education and any course work beyond the undergraduate level.
  6. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 66 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 190.
  7. Résumé or CV.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

If you are interested in starting classes in the summer semester, contact Amy Adam at sislt@missouri.edu or 573-882-4546.

Application Deadlines

July 1
December 1


  • *Required Courses (27 hours)
  • IS_LT 7305Foundations of Library and Information Science3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9417Action Research3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7301Introduction to Information Technology3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7302 or IS_LT 7312Organization of Information or Principles of Cataloging and Classification3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7313Collection and Access Management3 Credits
  • IS_LT 7314 Reference Sources and Services3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9404School Library Administration3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9406 Curriculum & the School Library3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9431 or IS_LT 9434Children’s Library Materials or Teen Library Materials3 Credits
  • *Practicum (3 hours)
  • IS_LT 7380School Library Practicum3 Credits
  • *Recommended Electives (9 hours)
  • IS_LT 9407 Intellectual Freedom and its Discontents3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9410Seminar: Gender Construction in Children's and Adolescent Literature and Media3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9410Seminar: Sociocultural Aspects of Literacy3 Credits
  • IS_LT 9433 Youth Services in Libraries3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $67.03
  • Total: $453.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $201.09
  • Total: $1359.09
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $67.03
  • Total: $453.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $201.09
  • Total: $1359.09
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

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    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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