About This Program
This Master’s program is focused on preparing students for a career in library science, primarily public, academic, and special libraries in the state of Georgia. The skills students learn are transferable, and graduates of this program are regularly hired to work in libraries across the United States.
The MLIS program consists of 39 credit hours and is a non-thesis program. The Department of Library and Information Studies aims to educate students in the core competencies of library and information professions, preparing them to work in a rapidly changing environment. Graduates have the skills to work professionally in libraries, use technology to meet the needs of libraries, and integrate research into their work. Librarians need to constantly evolve their work to continue helping their clients in a changing information environment, and students in this IA program will learn how to work with technology to organize information and manage libraries. This course was designed based on VSU’s assessment of the needs of library professionals in the state of Georgia and across the nation.
The core curriculum gives students the opportunities to develop expertise in four major areas. Those areas are administration, resources for clients, services in the knowledge society, and technical knowledge. These skills are developed in three required core courses chosen from Information Sources and Services, Foundations of Library and Information Science, Cataloging and Classification, Management of Libraries and Information Centers, Research Methods, Collection Development (OR Electronic Resources in the Library), and a Capstone Course. Students can also choose between a range of elective courses, allowing them to pursue the topics that are most interesting to them.
This information architecture program is offered online, making it accessible for people who have families and careers that make it difficult for them to spend extended time on campus. The flexible schedule makes it an excellent option for professionals who want to advance their education without interrupting their careers. Instructors take advantage of the latest developments in distance education to create engaging classes - even at a distance.
There are a number of optional tracks available for MLIS students to deepen their knowledge. These tracks are Youth Services, Cataloging & Classification, Library Management, Reference Sources & Services, and Technology. Students can also pursue a dual program and earn both an MLIS and a Media Specialist Certification.
This IA program is accredited by the American Library Association Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. To apply, applicants require official transcripts, a resume, two application essays, a resume, three recommendations, and a completed VSU medical form. Admission deadlines are March 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester. The application fee is $35, and the courses are priced at an affordable rate for both in-state and out-of-state students.