MS in Library and Information Science Overview 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.)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 workIdentify 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 needsAnalyze 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 societyFoster the core values of the profession (access, equity, intellectual freedom, privacy, social justice) in all programs and services offered in these communitiesEncourage 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 advocacyUse 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 heritageHelp 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 effectivelyProgram FeaturesFully 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 managementTaught by the distinguished faculty of Drexel University's College of Computing and InformaticsHighly interactive curriculum designed to challenge and engage students while remaining convenient for the working professionalState restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Courses 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.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.Required Courses INFO 505Information Professions and Professionals 3.0INFO 506Users, Services, & Resources 3.0INFO 507Leading & Managing Information Organizations3.0INFO 590Organization of Data and Information 3.0INFO 591Data and Digital Stewardship 3.0INFO 890Capstone Project3.0Specialization Electives27.0Total Credits45.0SpecializationsCustomize your degree toward your professional practice by completing specializations in the following areas:Digital Technology Services Introduces collaborative technologies that enable the design and implementation of digital services. Focuses on data analytics, content description technologies (such as XML), systems technologies, and user interface technologies.Professional Interests: Data Analytics/Service Specialist; Digital Services Specialist; Digital Stewardship/Data Specialist; User Experience SpecialistSample Courses INFO 552Introduction to Web Design INFO 605Introduction to Data Management INFO 608Human Computer Interaction INFO 633Information Visualization INFO 657Digital Library Technology INFO 658Information Architecture INFO 659Introduction to Data Analytics Information and Data Services Focuses on the developments of information and data service functions and products, such as intellectual access to physical and digital information resources, searching and resource organizing, knowledge representations and discovery, metadata schemes and tools, intellectual property rights, and electronic publishing. Professional Interests: Archival Specialist; Knowledge Organization/Metadata Specialist; Scholarly Communications Specialist; Subject SpecialistSample Courses INFO 560Introduction to Archives I INFO 622Content Representation INFO 660Cataloging and Classification INFO 662Metadata and Resource Description INFO 750Archival Access Systems INFO 753Introduction to Digital Curation INFO 755 Electronic Records Management User and Community Services Analyzes the resources necessary to support diverse users across many types of information organizations in public and/or private settings. Surveys problems solved by project management, design, and customer service to support a variety of community information resource needs.Professional Interests: Academic Library Specialist; Community Engagement, Education, and Outreach Specialist; Information Literacy Specialist; Health Informatics Specialist; Public Library Specialist; User Services Specialist; Youth Services SpecialistSample Courses INFO 552Introduction to Web Design INFO 649Library Programming INFO 650Public Library Service INFO 651Academic Library Service INFO 665Collection Development INFO 682Storytelling INFO 683 Resources for Children View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institutionA GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or aboveRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedScores 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 soughtScores must be less than 5 years oldOne 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.ResumeAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition 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 applyDUonline@drexel.edu 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 2017-2018 Academic Year Term 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 Apply today for the MS in Library and Information Science Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission. Any problems? Find help or contact us.