Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science

ALA 150x150Is your career interest to work as a librarian, archivist or information professional? Our Master’s in Library and Information Science program provides a variety of learning experiences that will prepare you to connect people with ideas in a technology-rich world.

The  Library and Information Science program at Morgridge is based on practices and underlying theories of information seeking behavior, information acquisition, organization, transmission, utilization, and curation.

Our program focuses on cultivating the knowledge and skills needed to prepare you to develop, implement, and evaluate information technologies, manage and evaluate information effectively, to take leadership roles in information settings, to effectively manage organizational and technological change, and to assist diverse information users in effectively accessing and utilizing information for personal, public and organizational decision making and problem solving.

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Why Should You Choose Morgridge?

Through our small classes and personalized, in-person approach, your learning and practice experiences in our master’s program will be based upon both practice and theory-based principles that prepare you to be a critical consumer of research and a reflective practioner.

As the region’s leader for quality library and information science education and a nationally ranked program, the face-to-face nature of our program means that you have opportunities to connect with our highly regarded professional network through classroom and project experiences. The DU MLIS is viewed as one of the best programs of its kind, practitioners speak highly of our students and are eager to have our program’s students as interns and employees.

The University of Denver provides unique opportunities in a setting that connects you to a vibrant network of outstanding and innovative LIS leaders. Join us in an engaged, caring, and innovative MLIS program in which faculty and the LIS community know your name.

Because practice is an important part of learning, our program provides you with InContext experiences so you can apply what you are learning to real-world settings and issues. Here are some examples of the types of InContext learning our program’s students have experienced:

  • Intern as an archivist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Archive interstate projects for the Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Create a digital library about sensory learning
  • Develop and launch a usability study for academic libraries

To find out more about opportunities provided to library information science students at the Morgridge College of Education check out our Showcase of Opportunities.


Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D.

Assefa, Shimelis, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Library and Information Science
303-871-6072, KRH 244

Dr. Assefa received his PhD from the University of North Texas.  He is active at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and Association of Library & Information Science Education (ALISE). Dr. Assefa served and continues to serve as co-chair at the SIG International Issues in Information (SIG III of ASIS&T) and Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award of ALISE.  His research activities are anchored around two fundamental notions in the field of library and information science: (1) the nexus between human cognitive agent and the bibliographic universe, and (2) the interaction between work systems and technology systems.  Dr. Assefa enjoys biking, sightseeing, swimming, and spending time with family.


Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D.

Matusiak, Krystyna, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-6163, KRH 248

Dr. Matusiak received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Prior to the Morgridge College of Education, she worked as academic librarian for 12 years in public services and digitization.  She was the Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she planned and designed over 20 distinct digital collections. Dr. Matusiak also served as a digitization consultant for projects funded by the Endangered Archive Programme at the British Library and assisted digital library projects at the Press Institute of Mongolia in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia and the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in East Jerusalem. Dr. Matusiak has strong interests in international librarianship and serves as an officer of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Standing Committee. Her research interests include digital library development and evaluation, indexing and retrieval of digital images, usability, and information seeking behavior.


Ryan, Heather M., Ph.D.

Ryan, Heather M., Ph.D. : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-7490, KRH 249

Dr. Ryan received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her areas of research and teaching expertise are in digital preservation, data management, digital collection development, and archives. She managed two IMLS-funded projects (DigCCurr II: Extending an International Digital Curation Curriculum to Doctoral Students and Practitioners, and Closing the Digital Curation Gap: An International Collaboration to Integrate Best Practice, Research, Development, and Training in Digital Curation), and one NSF-funded project (Curating for Quality: Ensuring Data Quality to Enable New Science). Dr. Ryan is the faculty advisor for the Society of American Archivists University of Denver Student Chapter.


Sitter, Clara L, Ph.D.

Sitter, Clara L, Ph.D. : Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-3587, KRH 247

Dr. Sitter received her PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She served as president of the Alaska Library Association and currently serves as a member of the American Library Association Council.   Dr. Sitter is on the editorial board of Knowledge Quest and the publications committee for the American Association of School Librarians.  Her research interests include special collections, database instruction, user needs, and library history.  Dr. Sitter enjoys live theater, competitive duplicate bridge, and she is a Life Master.


Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D.

Stansbury, Mary, Ph.D. : Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Library and Information Sciences
303-871-3217, KRH 246

Dr. Stansbury received her PhD from Texas Women’s University.  She is the principal investigator of "Early Childhood Librarianship: An Interdisciplinary, Experiential MLIS" funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Co-principal investigator of WebWise 2010 and 2011, funded through IMLS.  Dr. Stansbury is co-chair of Colorado Library Development Council and served as co-chair of the Association of Library & Information Science Educators 2011 Conference.  Her research interests include information policy, digital divide, health information seeking behaviors, and LIS education.  Dr. Stansbury enjoys reading, art museums, and being with her family.

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Historically, within 12 months after graduation, 93% of our graduates are in professional positions in sites such as public, academic, school, archives, law, medical, and corporate libraries.

Program FAQ

When are faculty in their offices?
  • Every faculty sets office hours for each term in which they are teaching. However, all of the faculty meet with students outside of their scheduled office hours. Contact the faculty member directly to make an appointment.
How many students do you enroll each year?
  • We typically admit between 40 and 45 students each year.
Where do LIS students come from?
  • Increasingly, our students come from all over the country. More than half of our most recent class was from outside of Colorado.
Do you have to have work experience in a library or archive to be successful in the program?
  • Not at all. We do encourage students, if they are able, to volunteer or find a part-time job in an LIS institution in order to have experiences that are beneficial when seeking a professional position post-graduation.

General FAQ

General Questions
When does the program start? Can I begin anytime?
  • Most programs begin each year in Fall Quarter which is typically the first or second week of September. Some programs, such as the Teacher Preparation Programs and the  Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Programs, begin in the Summer Quarter (early June). On rare occasions, students can begin their studies in a different quarter, however, this is arranged on a case-by-case basis only. Students should contact the Morgridge Office of Admissions at to explore this option.
What does full-time enrollment mean?
  • Full-time enrollment status in a graduate program is achieved by taking a minimum of 8 credit hours per quarter. However, specific funding may require a student to complete 9 credit hours per quarter.
Are classes offered online?
  • The majority of our classes are offered on campus, however, there are a few courses that are offered either in a blended format (online with some on-campus meeting times) or online. Blackboard is an online tool used by most faculty at DU to provide access to selected course materials, no matter the setting of the class meetings.
How many students are in a typical class?
  • Our average class size is generally between 20 and 25 students, but many classes will have 8 to 10 students.

Learning More About Programs and DU

Can I set up an appointment to visit the campus and discuss program options?
  • Yes. Although not mandatory, we encourage prospective students to see the campus, meet current students, and attend classes. This is probably your best means of getting a feel for our program. To set up a campus visit call the Morgridge College of Education Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services at (303) 871-2509 or (800) 835-1607, or email at It is preferable if you would arrange for visits through the Admissions Office and not through individual faculty.
Can I talk to a student from the program?
  • Yes. We encourage prospective students to communicate with current students in order to get the clearest possible picture of graduate life at the University of Denver. We have current Student Ambassadors on hand to meet with prospective students to share their experiences and speak to life in the Morgridge culture.  Contact the Morgridge College of Education Office of Admissions at edinfo@du.eduto be connected to a Student Ambassador or another current student in your program of interest.

Application and Admissions

How important are my GRE scores for admission?
  • Not all programs require a GRE score. In most programs, GRE scores are not the deciding factor for admittance; they are only one of many criteria used for admissions evaluation.
What if I do not have GRE scores? Can I use another test I took?
  • When required for admissions consideration, the GRE is the only test accepted. Regardless of the requirement to submit GRE scores, all international applicants/non-native English speakers are required to submit an official, valid TOEFL score.
From whom should I get letters of recommendation?
  • It is best to obtain letters of recommendation from professors or professionals who know you well. For recent graduates, ask for recommendation letters from former professors that can speak to your academic abilities as well as your character. For individuals entering the program with years of work experience, letters of recommendation from professionals who have seen your ability to work with children, adolescents and/or families are recommended.Most importantly, choose individuals that are knowledgeable about your past experiences as well as your goals for the future, and who know you well enough to adequately discuss your accomplishments and potential.
Is an interview required for admission?
  • Yes, interviews are required as part of the admissions process. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified of the interview dates and location details. If you are unable to come to your in-person interview, you may complete your interview via Skype or phone.  We strongly encourage you to attend the on-campus interview day as it will provide the best opportunity for you to learn about the program, see the campus, meet current students and experience the Morgridge culture for yourself.
What is required for application to Morgridge College of Education?
  • The application materials may include: a completed online application, a 2 to 3 page statement of goals, resume, official transcripts from every higher education institution attended, letters of recommendation (2 for MA, 2 or 3 for PhD, depending upon the program), a $65 application fee, and GRE scores for specific programs (which should be sent directly to the university).
When will I hear about the status of my application?
  • Applicants will receive an email that their application was received by the DU Graduate Studies Admissions Office and will be notified if there is any missing information. Students are encouraged to check on the status of their application materials by emailing Once an application file is complete, the file is sent to the Morgridge College of Education Office of Admissions to be reviewed by program faculty. Typically, decisions about acceptance into a program are made two to three weeks following the on-campus interview day. To check on admission decisions, you may contact the Morgridge College of Education Admissions office at (303) 871-2509 or (800) 835-1607 or email at
Can I defer my admissions or change my entry term if necessary?
  • Some graduate programs allow deposited students to request a one-time change of admit term to indicate a start term one quarter early or a deferment to the date of his/her intended enrollment for up to one academic year. Contact the Morgridge Office of Admissions at for more information about changing your admissions term.

Waivers and Transfer Credits

Can I transfer credit from an undergraduate class?
  • No, only graduate-level courses can be transferred and the course must have been taken within the last five years and from an accredited program. Transfer credits cannot have been used toward another degree. There is a limit to the number of graduate credits you can transfer into DU based on the degree you are applying to (see below). If it is appropriate to waive a course (e.g. similar course already taken, content knowledge demonstrated, or successful test-out for certain research courses) the course credit hours must still be utilized for another course. A waived course does not mean a reduction in credit hours required. If your undergraduate work is similar in content to a required graduate course, you may be able to waive a required course after a review of the content with your advisor. A waived course allows you to take another graduate course in place of the one we require if you have already taken a course with very similar content. Transfer courses are different than waived courses since they reduce the number of credits you take at DU.
What graduate coursework is accepted as transfer credit?
  • Transferring graduate coursework into DU is discussed on an individual basis with your advisor. If you wish to transfer in comparable graduate-level coursework, you will need to bring in the syllabus, text, other course materials, and you must have an official transcript on file from the institution. The transfer must be initiated through your advisor in the first quarter of your program. The graduate coursework you wish to transfer must be no more than five years old, cannot have been counted toward another degree, and must be transferred in your first quarter of enrollment at the University of Denver. A maximum of 10 quarter hour credits may be transferred into the MA and a maximum of 15 quarter hour credits may be transferred into the EdS, PhD and EdD programs. Graduate coursework that is transferred in will reduce the total number of DU credits you will need to graduate.
Will my graduate coursework for my previous graduate degree count?
  • Credits that have already been applied to a degree cannot be counted again toward another degree. If the credit was not used toward another degree, see above for information on transfer credits. For more information or to discuss your specific situation, contact the Morgridge Office of Admissions at

Internships and Assistantships

Does every student get a paid internship?
  • No, not all internships are paid.  Program faculty will work with you to set up an internship in the community or school of your choice. Some internships are paid and some are not.  All internship sites must meet all program standards and must be approved officially by the Program Chair or designee.
Can I take an internship out of state?
  • Yes. It is possible to complete your internship in another state for most programs; however it does require extra work and planning to ensure that the internship site and supervisor meet our internship requirements. To determine if this is an option for your program, contact the Morgridge Office of Admissions at
Does the program arrange for the internship placements?
  • Program faculty help mentor and facilitate the internship placement process, but students generally must apply and be selectedby the organization as interns. Students are required to actively pursue particular internships they desire and complete the interviewing process. All internships must be approved by the program director or designee prior to the beginning of the internship year.
What funding or assistantships are there for graduate students?
  • A variety of types of aid are available for graduate students. A select number of stipends are available for incoming students who are paired with a faculty mentor to conduct research in their area of interest. Advanced students often have the opportunity to obtain stipends for similar work. There are a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Research Assistantships also available to advanced students in the program that provide some tuition reimbursement as well as monthly stipends.

Tuition and Financial Aid

What is the cost of tuition?
Will I need to pay out-of-state tuition, or how do I get in-state tuition?
  • The University of Denver is a private institution, thus tuition is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. For an estimate of yearly costs, visit the Office of Financial Aid.
Are scholarships available?
Is financial aid available?
  • In order to apply for financial aid at the University of Denver, and be considered for federal grants and scholarships, you must have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form on file. Federal financial aid is available to qualified students. For information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.Student employment may also be available for graduate students. Financial Aid requires students to be enrolled in a minimum of 4 quarter credit hours in a term.

Insurance, Immunizations and Housing

What kinds of insurance coverage do graduate students receive?
  • Graduate students have the option of obtaining their own private health insurance or using the health insurance provided by the University of Denver. For specific information regarding the coverage under the University of Denver’s plan, visit the Health and Counseling Center.
What immunizations are required for students?
  • All students must show proof of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunization. (CO Revised Statuses 25-4-901 to 909) Students will NOT be able to register for classes without providing this information. Exemptions for medical, religious or personal reasons may be submitted. See the Health and Counseling Center website for more information on immunizations and a link to the Certificate of Immunization form.
What is the cost of housing?
  • Graduate students have the choice to live on or off the University of Denver campus. Information regarding on-campus housing can be found at Housing and Residential Educationand includes information about building options, dining plans, parking and other related information. Off-campus housing information includes links to nearby apartment complexes as well as information about how to find roommates, transportation, childcare, banks and other information regarding living in the area.
Masters of Library and Information Science

Graduation Requirements: The 58 quarter credit hour program requires successful completion of a portfolio and a culminating experience consisting of a 100 hour practicum or a capstone project.

Approximate Completion Time: 18 months to 2 years

Tuition Cost: $1,142 per quarter credit hour for the 2014-2015 academic year (scholarships available)

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