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.)ConcentrationsArchival StudiesDigital CurationDigital LibrariesLibrary and Information ServicesYouth ServicesUpon 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 engagementLead 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. Curriculum 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 Organizations3.0INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0INFO 521Information Users and Services3.0INFO 522Information Access & Resources3.0INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0Free Electives12.0Concentration Courses (see below)15.0Total Credits45.0Archival StudiesRequired Courses INFO 560Introduction to Archives I3.0INFO 561Introduction to Archives II3.0INFO 750Archival Access Systems3.0Select two of the following courses:6.0INFO 751Archival Appraisal INFO 755Electronic Records Management INFO 756Digital Preservation Total Credits15.0Library and Information Services Required Courses INFO 552Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations3.0INFO 660Cataloging and Classification3.0INFO 665Collection Management3.0Library and Information Services Concentration electives6.0Select one Work Setting course (and) either one Public Services course (or) one Technical Services course Work Settings INFO 650Public Library Service INFO 651Academic Library Service INFO 745Special Libraries and Information Centers Public Services INFO 649Library Programming INFO 682Storytelling INFO 740Digital Reference Services INFO 672-681 (specialized reference courses INFO 672, 673, 674, 675, 677, 680, and 681) Technical Services INFO 622Content Representation INFO 662Metadata and Resource Description INFO 663Library Technical Services INFO 664Library Automation Total Credits15.0Digital LibrariesRequired Courses INFO 552Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations3.0INFO 653Digital Libraries3.0INFO 657Digital Library Technologies3.0Select two of the following courses:6.0INFO 555Introduction to Geographic Information Systems INFO 605Introduction to Database Management INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction INFO 622Content Representation or INFO 662 Metadata and Resource DescriptionINFO 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 ServicesRequired Courses INFO 649Library Programming3.0INFO 650Public Library Service3.0INFO 683Resources for Children3.0INFO 684Resources for Young Adults3.0Select one of the following courses:3.0INFO 552Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations INFO 665Collection Management INFO 682Storytelling INFO 688Instructional Role for the Information Specialist Total Credits15.0Digital CurationCore Required Courses INFO 560Introduction to Archives I3.0INFO 753Introduction to Digital Curation3.0INFO 756Digital Preservation3.0Select one from the following Technology courses:3.0INFO 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:3.0INFO 555 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems INFO 622 Content Representation INFO 661 Cataloging Special Materials INFO 662 Metadata and Resource Description Total Credits15.0View 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 2016-2017 is $1192 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 2016-2017 Academic Year Term 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 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 Any problems? Find help or contact us.