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Library and Information Science (Licensure) MLIS
Program Overview

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 USM, 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.

Interested?

Your Future

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

Your future starts at Southern Miss!

Degree Requirements


Required courses (22 hours):

  • LIS 500 – Library Information Science 1 hr
  • LIS 501 – Reference and Information Sources 3 hrs.
  • LIS 505 – Cataloging and Classification 3 hrs.
  • LIS 511 – Collection Development and Management 3 hrs.
  • LIS 605 – Library Management 3 hrs.
  • LIS 636 – Foundations of Librarianship 3 hrs.
  • LIS 651 – Fundamentals of Information Science 3 hrs.
  • LIS 668 – Research Methods in Library and Information Science 3 hrs.

Electives (15 hours)

  • with At least 3 hours at 600 level*

Master’s project (3 hours):

  • LIS 695 – Master’s Project 3 hrs.

Note:

If near equivalences of any of the above required courses were taken on the graduate level at an ALA accredited institution with a grade of B or above, other electives may be substituted with permission of the director.

*One of the five electives must be one of these: 3 hours of LIS 516, LIS 557 or LIS 558



Students who plan to use the master’s degree in library and information science for Mississippi Class AA licensure should complete the following courses in addition to the required courses, master’s project and comprehensive exam listed above:

  • LIS 508 – School Library Media Centers 3 hrs.
  • LIS 516 – Media Utilization 3 hrs.
  • LIS 517 – Literature and Related Media for Children 3 hrs.
  • LIS 518 – Literature and Related Media for Young Adults 3 hrs.
  • LIS 607 – The Library Media Center and the School Curriculum 3 hrs.

Note:

Students should see their adviser or the director of the School of Library and Information Science for further information concerning licensure requirements.



The History Department and the School of Library and Information Science offer a dual master’s degree program leading to the Master of Arts in History and the Master of Library and Information Science degrees. Students must be admitted separately to each program. The total number of hours required for both programs is 61; 31 for the Master of Library and Information Science and 30 for the Master of Arts in History. Requirements for both degrees must be satisfied before degrees are awarded.

Students in the combined program must complete the following requirements:

  1. thirty (30) hours in history (18 hours at the 600 level)
  2. thirty-one (31) hours in library and information science (18 hours at the 600 level)
    The following are required courses:

    • LIS 500, LIS 501, LIS 505, LIS 511, LIS 605, LIS 636 and LIS 651
    • LIS electives (9 hours); and one elective must be either LIS 557 or LIS 558
    • LIS 698 – Thesis for Students in Dual Master’s Programs which will confer three (3) of the 6 hour thesis requirement
  3. a reading knowledge of one foreign language
  4. a thesis that confers three (3) hours of the minimum hourly requirement for the history component
  5. a 3.0 GPA to graduate

A comprehensive oral examination, administered by a three-member committee representing both disciplines, is given after satisfactory completion of the coursework and thesis.

The history requirements in this program are covered in the Department of History section of this Bulletin.



The Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the School of Library and Information Science offer a dual master’s degree program leading to the Master of Arts in Anthropology and the Master of Library and Information Science degrees. Students must be admitted separately to each program. The total number of hours required for both programs is 61; 31 for the Master of Library and Information Science and 30 for the Master of Arts in Anthropology. Requirements for both degrees must be satisfied before degrees are awarded.

Students in the combined program must complete the following requirements:

  1. thirty (30) hours in anthropology (18 hours at the 600 level)
  2. thirty-one (31) hours in library and information science (18 hours at the 600 level); the following are required courses: LIS 500, LIS 501, LIS 505, LIS 511, LIS 605, LIS 636, and LIS 651
  3. LIS electives (9 hours); and one elective must be either LIS 557 or LIS 558
  4. a comprehensive exam in anthropology
  5. a thesis (3 hrs of ANT 698 in anthropology); 3 hrs LIS 698 in library science
  6. a 3.0 GPA to graduate

The anthropology requirements in this program are covered in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology section of this Bulletin.



The Department of Political Science and the School of Library and Information Science offer a dual master’s program leading to the Master of Arts in Political Science and the Master of Library and Information Science degrees. Students must be admitted separately to each program. The total number of hours required for both programs is 61, including 3 hours of thesis in each program; 31 hours for the Master of Library and Information Science and 30 hours for the Master of Arts in Political Science. Students must satisfy the requirements of both degrees before the degrees will be awarded and have a 3.0 GPA to graduate.

Students in the combined program must complete the following requirements:

Library and Information Science

Required:

  • LIS 500 – Library Information Science 1 hr
  • LIS 501 – Reference and Information Sources 3 hrs.
  • LIS 505 – Cataloging and Classification 3 hrs.
  • LIS 511 – Collection Development and Management 3 hrs.
  • LIS 605 – Library Management 3 hrs.
  • LIS 636 – Foundations of Librarianship 3 hrs.
  • LIS 651 – Fundamentals of Information Science 3 hrs.
  • LIS 698 – Thesis for Students in Dual Master’s Programs 3-6 hrs. (3 hrs. required)

Electives:

3 courses in LIS, 3 hours each, chosen in consultation with an academic advisor. One elective must be either LIS 557 or LIS 558

Comprehensive Exam

Political Science

  • PS 511 – Research in Political Science 3 hrs.
  • PS 698 – Thesis 1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hours. (3 hrs. required)

Political Science (24 hours)

Chosen in consultation with the director of graduate studies in three of the following areas:

Public Administration-
  • PS 571
  • PS 572 – Organization and Management 3 hrs.
  • PS 573
  • PS 574 – The Politics of Taxing and Spending 3 hrs.
  • PS 770 – Seminar in Public Administration 3 hrs.
Public Law-
  • PS 580 – United States Constitutional Law 3 hrs.
  • PS 581
  • PS 582
  • PS 584 – Administrative Law 3 hrs.
  • PS 585 – International Law 3 hrs.
  • PS 588 – Women and the Law 3 hrs.
  • PS 589 – United States Supreme Court and Civil Liberties 3 hrs.
  • PS 781 – Seminar in Public Law 3 hrs.
Political Theory and Methodology-
  • PS 511
  • PS 512
  • PS 520 – Political Theory Plato to Machiavelli 3 hrs.
  • PS 521 – Political Theory Hobbes to Nietzche 3 hrs.
  • PS 526 – 20th-Century Political Theory 3 hrs.
  • PS 721 – Seminar in Political Theory 3 hrs.
American Government and Politics-
  • PS 501 – Political Socialization 3 hrs.
  • PS 502 – Urban Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 503 – Politics and Environment 3 hrs.
  • PS 504 – The Legislative Process 3 hrs.
  • PS 505 – Women and Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 506 – Political Parties 3 hrs.
  • PS 507 – Mississippi Government 3 hrs.
  • PS 508 – The American Presidency 3 hrs.
  • PS 509 – Southern Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 700 – Seminar in United States Government 3 hrs.
International Relations-
  • PS 531 – International Law and Organization 3 hrs.
  • PS 532
  • PS 535 – Comparative Foreign Policy 3 hrs.
  • PS 730 – Seminar in United States Foreign Relations 3 hrs.
  • PS 731 – Seminar in International Relations 3 hrs.
Comparative Government and Politics-
  • PS 550 – Comparative Studies in European Politics 3 hrs.
  • PS 552 – The Political Systems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth 3 hrs.
  • PS 556 – Revolutions and Democracy in Latin America 3 hrs.
  • PS 557 – Political Development 3 hrs.
  • PS 558 – Latin American Political and Economic Development 3 hrs.
  • PS 750 – Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics 3 hrs.

Frequently Asked Questions


Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your Online Library and Information Science Licensure Masters Degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.



No, online students pay resident tuition. For information about pricing, click here.



If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We’re here to help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions and even enrolling in courses.   



Yes, the Online Library and Information Science Licensure Masters Degree program is available totally online. Students are not required to visit campus for an in-class lecture; however, an online lecture could be required by your instructor.



Are there additional fees?

Additional course fees may apply for the Online Library and Information Science Licensure Masters Degree.  Fees range between $20-$60.   


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