Masters of Library and Information Science

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.

Program Requirements

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


Department Chair
Dr. Nick Cutforth
303-871-2477, KRH 231

Academic Services Associate
Karen LeVelle
303-871-3791, KRH 242

Admissions Contact
Rachel Riley
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

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