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  • MS in Library and Information Science


    Drexel University’s online accredited MSLIS program is an industry leader in digital information management and ranked top 10 among library science programs nationally. Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics was named one of "America's Best Graduate Schools" by U.S.News & World Report (2014.)

    The College of Computing and Informatics boasts top 10 recognition in Health Librarianship (#1,) Information Systems (#3,) Digital Librarianship (#6,) Services for Children and Youth (#9,) and School Library Media (#10.)


    • Archival Studies
    • Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management
    • Digital Curation
    • Digital Libraries
    • Library and Information Services
    • Youth Services

    Program Features

    • Fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)
    • An innovative curriculum with a strong technological background and a focus on teaching career skills in all the aspects of information management
    • Taught by the distinguished faculty of Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics
    • Highly interactive curriculum designed to challenge and engage students while remaining convenient for the working professional

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    The Library and Information Science program assures you a solid introduction to the field, logical progression of coursework, and wide variety of electives. All students are required to complete the six core courses, totaling 18 credits. Completion of the MSLIS program requires a total of 45 credits. You may take any available INFO subject electives to complete the required number of credits in the program.

    You may declare a concentration in one of six areas: archival studies, competitive intelligence and knowledge management, digital libraries, library and information services, youth services, and digital curation. These concentrations are optional and will appear on your transcript. The concentrations consist of 5 courses, 3-4 required and 1-2 chosen from a limited list of courses relevant to the topic area. The remaining 12 credits are free electives.

    In exceptional cases, a student with previous coursework in an ALA-accredited program or in an information science program may petition for exemption from one to three required courses. This petition should be made at the time of application to the College and should include both a detailed statement of the reasons for seeking exemption and a copy of the official transcript, including course descriptions.

    Core Courses 
    INFO 515Introduction to Research in Information Organizations3.0
    INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
    INFO 521Information Users and Services3.0
    INFO 522Information Access & Resources3.0
    INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0
    INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
    Free Electives12.0
    Concentration Courses (see below)15.0
    Total Credits45.0

    Archival Studies

    Required Courses* 
    INFO 560Introduction to Archives I3.0
    INFO 561Introduction to Archives II3.0
    INFO 750Archival Access Systems3.0
    Select two of the following courses:6.0
    INFO 751
    Archival Appraisal 
    INFO 755
    Electronic Records Management 
    INFO 756
    Digital Preservation 
    Total Credits15.0

    Library and Information Services 

    Required Courses 
    INFO 552Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations3.0
    INFO 660Cataloging and Classification3.0
    INFO 665Collection Management3.0
    Library and Information Services Concentration electives6.0
    Select one Work Setting course (and) either one Public Services course (or) one Technical Services course
    Work Settings  
    INFO 650
    Public Library Service 
    INFO 651
    Academic Library Service 
    INFO 745
    Special Libraries and Information Centers 
    Public Services  
    INFO 649
    Library Programming 
    INFO 682
    INFO 740
    Digital Reference Services 
    INFO 672-681 (specialized reference courses INFO 672, 673, 674, 675, 677, 680, and 681)
    Technical Services  
    INFO 622
    Content Representation 
    INFO 662
    Metadata and Resource Description 
    INFO 663
    Library Technical Services 
    INFO 664
    Library Automation 
    Total Credits15.0

    Digital Libraries

    Required Courses 
    INFO 552Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations3.0
    INFO 653Digital Libraries3.0
    INFO 657Digital Library Technologies3.0
    Select two of the following courses:6.0
    INFO 605
    Introduction to Database Management 
    INFO 608
    Human-Computer Interaction 
    INFO 622
    Content Representation * 
    or INFO 662
    Metadata and Resource Description
    INFO 624
    Information Retrieval Systems 
    INFO 633
    Information Visualization 
    INFO 658
    Information Architecture 
    INFO 740
    Digital Reference Services 
    INFO 756
    Digital Preservation 
    Total Credits15.0



    You may receive credit toward the Digital Libraries concentration by taking either INFO 622 or INFO 662, but both cannot be taken to fulfill the requirements.


    Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management

    Required Courses 
    INFO 643Information Services In Organizations3.0
    INFO 644Knowledge Assets Management in Organizations3.0
    INFO 678Competitive Intelligence3.0
    CI & KM Concentration Electives 
    Select two of the following courses:6.0
    INFO 605
    Introduction to Database Management 
    INFO 677
    Resources in Business 
    INFO 680
    US Government Information 
    INFO 681
    Legal Research 
    INFO 755
    Electronic Records Management 
    Total Credits15.0


    Youth Services

    Required Courses 
    INFO 649Library Programming3.0
    INFO 650Public Library Service3.0
    INFO 683Resources for Children3.0
    INFO 684Resources for Young Adults3.0
    Select one of the following courses:3.0
    INFO 552
    Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations 
    INFO 665
    Collection Management 
    INFO 682
    INFO 688
    Instructional Role for the Information Specialist 
    Total Credits15.0

    Digital Curation

    Core Required Courses  
    INFO 560Introduction to Archives I3.0
    INFO 753Introduction to Digital Curation3.0
    INFO 756Digital Preservation3.0
    Select one from the following (Technology courses):3.0
    INFO 605
    Introduction to Database Management 
    INFO 633
    Information Visualization 
    INFO 653
    Digital Libraries 
    INFO 658
    Information Architecture 
    INFO 755
    Electronic Records Management 
    Select one from the following (Content add-value courses):3.0
    INFO 555
    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 
    INFO 622
    Content Representation 
    INFO 661
    Cataloging Special Materials 
    INFO 662
    Metadata and Resource Description 
    Free Electives (12 Credits)12.0
    You can elect to take courses listed above that have not been taken as Concentration Elective courses, as well as the following: 
    INFO 608
    Human-Computer Interaction 
    INFO 621
    Social Media Resource Design for Information Professionals 
    INFO 624
    Information Retrieval Systems 
    INFO 634
    Data Mining 
    INFO 644
    Knowledge Assets Management in Organizations 
    INFO 657
    Digital Library Technologies 
    INFO 679
    Information Ethics 
    INFO 725
    Information Policy 
    INFO 740
    Digital Reference Services 
    Total Credits27.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or above

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Scores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE
      • We offer a preliminary GRE waiver for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher for a conferred undergraduate or graduate degree. This is a departmental decision. The GRE waiver does not need to be requested.
      • Scores in the 50th percentile or above in all three sections are sought
      • Scores must be less than 5 years old
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $1157 per credit.

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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