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Library and Information Science (Licensure) MLIS


Explore the world of information with an online Library and Information Science Licensure Masters (MLIS). The complexity of today’s information age requires greater expertise and knowledge than ever before, and we can help you gain the skills you need to excel in this evolving field. The University of Southern Mississippi is proud to offer an American Library Association accredited online MLIS degree. In order to obtain licensure and work as a school librarian at the master’s level, students will complete an accredited school library media program.

Through this convenient and affordable online degree from Southern Miss, you will take courses in archiving, cataloging, reference, collection development, management, research, preservation, and digital libraries. Additional courses include internet resources, computer applications, systems analysis, information ethics, multicultural resources, and the history of books.

Your future starts at Southern Miss!

The University of Southern Mississippi is Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Additionally, the Online Library and Information Science Licensure Masters is also accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.

The Graduate School will be authorizing standardized test waivers to applicants to the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms. Please contact Graduate Admissions at graduateschool@usm.edu to request a waiver.

Check out some of the jobs our graduates landed after earning this MLIS degree:


  • School Librarian with AA Licensure
  • Public Librarian
  • Academic Librarian
  • Special Librarian
  • Archivist or Special Collections Librarian
  • Information Specialist