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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
    • Digital Curation
    • Digital Libraries
    • Library and Information Services
    • Youth Services

    Upon Graduation, you will be able to:

    • Explain the foundational principles, professional ethics and values, and social and technological contexts within which various information professionals work
    • Identify and analyze the information needs of various communities (academic institutions, local neighborhoods, workplaces, schools) and design and implement library/information programs and services to meet those needs
    • Analyze and apply information policies and information-related laws (including the standards and guidelines of pertinent professional organizations) that advance the creative and ethical applications of information technologies and the delivery of information resources throughout society
    • Foster the core values of the profession (access, equity, intellectual freedom, privacy, social justice) in all programs and services offered in these communities
    • Encourage the development of information literacy in support of all areas of individuals’ and communities’ needs such as formal and informal education, career development, healthcare and financial planning, research innovation, and political and social engagement
    • Lead and manage information agencies, projects, and people through creative and effective approaches to planning, budgeting, policy making, fundraising, communication, and advocacy
    • Use research and data in sophisticated ways to demonstrate the value of the library and to help address individual and community challenges such as poverty and hunger, population shifts, economic development, and preservation of cultural heritage
    • Help individuals and communities to understand, appraise, organize, manage, and preserve digital assets available through a variety of formal and informal sources and to create and manage their own digital identities and materials effectively

    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.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    The Library and Information Science program assures a solid introduction to the field, logical progression of coursework, and wide variety of electives. You're 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 five areas: archival studies, 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 555Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 
    INFO 605Introduction to Database Management 
    INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction 
    INFO 622Content Representation 
    or INFO 662
    Metadata and Resource Description
    INFO 624Information Retrieval Systems 
    INFO 633Information Visualization 
    INFO 642Managing Digital Projects 
    INFO 658Information Architecture 
    INFO 740Digital Reference Services 
    INFO 753Introduction to Digital Curation 
    INFO 755Electronic Records Management 
    INFO 756Digital Preservation 
    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 642Managing Digital Projects 
    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 
    Total Credits15.0

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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 Completing Your Application 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 2017-2018 is $1228 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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