• 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 from MU will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to be an information expert in the information age. If you want to advance your career providing relevant and meaningful services to library users, this may be the degree for you.

Positions our graduates have taken:

  • Archives specialist
  • Childrens librarian
  • Electronic resources coordinator
  • Library acquisition and e-resource specialist
  • Medical reference librarian
  • Research analyst

Program structure and topics

You can complete this program entirely online or take advantage of face-to-face courses at one of five locations in Missouri and Nebraska.



Columbia, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Most library and information science faculty are based in Columbia, MO with faculty in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in three to four years. Students who attend full-time typically finish in two years.

Course work covers:

  • Cataloguing and classification
  • Digital libraries and media
  • Community and diversity leadership
  • Information services, systems and technology
  • Library history, management and materials
  • Management of collections and information agencies

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education and any coursework beyond the undergraduate level.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. 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. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
  6. 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? At which site are you located? At the bottom of your statement of purpose, please indicate one of the following: Columbia/Mid-Missouri; Greater Kansas City Area; Greater St. Louis Area; Springfield, MO area; Nebraska; Other.
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:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 1
December 1


  • *Required courses (18 credit hours)
  • IS_LT 7301Introduction to Information Technology3 Credits

    The nature of information and information transfer in the institutional setting; covers the culture of information in society, standards for information processing and transfer, and networking in communications perspectives of information providing agencies.

  • IS_LT 7302Organization of Information3 Credits

    In order to retrieve and use information, that information must first be organized. This course investigates systems and structures for organizing information in a variety of contexts.

  • IS_LT 7305Foundations of Library and Information Science3 Credits

    An introduction to the background, contexts, organizations, issues, ethics, values, and terms of information science, the information professions, and the library as an idea, space, institution, and repository of the cultural record.

  • IS_LT 7315Management of Information Agencies3 Credits

    Concepts of management applied to libraries and information systems; management tools, programming, models and simulation in an environment of an information producing or disseminating agency.

  • IS_LT 7312Principles of Cataloging and Classification3 Credits

    Theory and practice of cataloging and classification of library materials using current standards and tools. Principles, developments, and trends in cataloging and access to library data. Prerequisites: IS_LT 7305.

  • IS_LT 7313Collection and Access Management3 Credits

    Selection of materials for libraries and information agencies, policies for collection management, freedom and diversity of information, access to information and evaluation of collections and access.

  • IS_LT 7314Reference Sources and Services3 Credits

    General reference sources with emphasis on print sources. principles, developments and trends in reference services and reference service organization.

  • * Practicum (choose one)
  • IS_LT 7380School Library Practicum2-3 Credit
  • IS_LT 7381Practicum in Information Agencies 2-3 Credit

    For section enrollment please contact your adviser

  • *Electives (19-20 credit hours)

    Select electives in the following areas with your adviser: Academic Librarianship, Archival Studies, Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries & Information, E-Learning Information Professional, Management & Administration, Media & Information, Organization of Information, Public Librarianship, Reference & User Services, Scholarly Communications, School Libraries, User Experience & Usability, Youth Services

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
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.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    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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