Program Overview

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at the University of Maryland prepares graduates to be socially engaged and technologically focused information professionals, ready to create, educate, and innovate.
With its unique location mere miles from Washington DC, the MLIS degree at Maryland’s iSchool offers unparalleled opportunities to work with government agencies, non-profits, international organizations, and an amazing range of world-renowned libraries, museums, and archives.
The iSchool is a leader in the field of library and information science education, offering prominent programs of study in Archives and Digital Curation, School Libraries, and Advocay and Leadership, while also advancing LIS education by developing unique programs in Youth Experience, Community Analytics, and Diversity and Inclusion.
The combination of responsive coursework, innovative programs, a faculty of noted scholars and professional leaders, and opportunities available only within this region makes an MLIS degree from the University of Maryland an excellent starting point for a career.  Our commitment to the career success of students is reflected in the very strong placement rate of graduates with full-time jobs in the profession, many of them in the Washington, DC area.

This program is no longer admitting students at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). For more information on course offerings at USG, please visit the University of Maryland’s Schedule of Classes, or contact Michelle Marcellino, Director of College Park Programs at msgordon@umd.edu.

Program Requirements

The program for the MLIS degree requires 36 credit hours of academic work to be completed with a minimum average of B within five calendar years from the first registration. Every student receiving their MLIS must complete the MLIS Core (12 credits) and either a field study (3 credits) or a thesis (9 credits).  Students must also meet the requirements of their selected specialization.
For more information about the MLIS curriculum, visit the iSchool’s MLIS Curriculum page here

Program Admissions

All MLIS applicants must meet the admission requirements detailed on the iSchool’s MLIS Admissions page.  

To begin in the Fall of a given year, the deadlines will be as follows*:

  • Early- to Mid-December – HiLS applicants
  • Early- to Mid-January – best consideration date
  • Early- to Mid-March – Final Deadline for all non-HiLS applicants

*These deadlines are subject to change. Please see the iSchool’s MLIS Admissions page for exact dates.