Program Overview

The University of Pittsburgh offers an online Master of Library and Information Science ideal for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in this field.  This completely online degree program includes support services that have been carefully created to provide a learning environment through virtual access to the university’s comprehensive digital library, to a wide range of instructional materials, and to academic advising.  Pitt Online is nationally-recognized for quality in its graduate professional programs.

The MLIS is a 36 credit hour program that can be completed in two years.  Core courses include: Understanding Information, Organizing and Retrieving Information, Introduction to Information Technology, and Managing Libraries and Information Centers in Changing Environments.  Eight electives courses are chosen from the following: Legal Issues in Information Handling, Information Ethics, Library and Archival Preservation, Resources for Children, Resources and Services for Adults, Resources for Young Adults, History of Children’s Literature, Reference Resources and Services, Government Information Resources and Services, Health Consumer Resources and Services, Health Sciences Resources and Services, Applications in Medical Informatics, Technology in the Lives of Children and Youth, Information Architecture, Digital Libraries, and Database Design and Applications.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education



    Bachelor's degree


    Minimal campus visits

    School Overview

    The University of Pittsburgh, also known as Pitt, is a state research institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as Pittsburgh Academy. In 1819, Pittsburgh Academy changed into the Western University of Pennsylvania, and in 1908 became The University of Pittsburgh. Pitt was a private university from the time that it was founded until 1966, when it became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

    Pitt offers bachelor's, masters, professional, and doctoral degrees. Certificate degrees are also offered. Pitt’s academic programs are offered through the universities following academic units:

    • College of Business Administration
    • School of Dental Medicine
    • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
    • Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
    • College of Business Administration
    • School of Education
    • College of General Studies
    • Swanson School of Engineering
    • University Honors College
    • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • School of Law
    • School of Information Sciences
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Pharmacy
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Public & International Affairs
    • School of Social Work



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