Our Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is both theory and practice-based. Curriculum focuses on 21st century informational science and data management, and developing the skills needed to evaluate, manage, and adapt to technological change.
You will learn in a unique environment that exclusively offers small class sizes and experiential learning. This means you will get plenty of one-on-one time with faculty and hands-on projects. You will also work with a faculty advisor to design a custom coursework plan (you will have 30 credits of electives) that fits a specific specialization area, like Archives, Digitization, Academic Librarianship, or Information Technology.
You can take classes in our Research Methods and Statistics program, too, to prepare for research-oriented positions in academic and non-profit organizations.
And because what you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn in it, you will have access to hands-on learning opportunities in real-world settings. Past examples of fieldwork experiences include:
- Archiving at the National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Archiving interstate projects for the Colorado Department of Transportation
- Digitization project in the British Library
- Digitization projects at the Denver Public Library
- Oral history digitization project at the Jeffco Public Library
- Creating a digital library about sensory learning
- Developing and launching a usability study for academic libraries
- Rebuilding the digital repository of a medical library
Check out our Showcase of Opportunities to learn more about the types of opportunities available to you.
The MLIS program’s mix of practical knowledge, cross-disciplinary learning, and hands-on opportunities will give you the tools to use information in ways that can better our world.
You’ll need to complete 58-quarter credit hours. Other requirements include:
- Portfolio of your work
- Culminating experience consisting of a 100-hour internship or capstone project
Our program is accredited by the American Library Association.
Approximate Completion Time
18 months to two years