Drexel’s MSLIS program emphasizes scholarship, teaching, and practical experience in libraries and corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and other information intensive environments. Our program takes an interdisciplinary and technology-infused approach to information and its application to everyday opportunities and challenges. As one of the oldest continuously operating library and information science (LIS) programs in the United States, Drexel’s program builds on founder Anthony J. Drexel’s vision of “a University with a difference.” Our students learn to create, use, protect, organize, manage, curate, analyze, retrieve and disseminate information in multiple media across the wide range of information domains. As graduates, they help advance knowledge, embrace lifelong learning, manifest social responsibility and community outreach, improve society as global citizens, and lead the LIS field as practitioners and scholars.
Program Mission Statement
The mission of Drexel’s Master of Science in Library & Information Science (MSLIS) program is to integrate information technology, professional knowledge and experiential learning and prepare our graduates to lead and innovate in libraries and information organizations of all types. (Approved Sept. 21, 2018.)
Master's in Library & Information Science Program Features
- Courses taught by top-tier researchers and professionals from all aspects of the information sciences
- Teaches subject knowledge in areas such as information literacy, responsible citizenship and ethical reasoning, as well as “soft skills” including communications, critical thinking, leadership, customer service, professional practice, personnel management concepts, etc.
- Provides a closer connection to information work through a capstone project, ensuring that students have practical work experience by the time they graduate and are prepared to enter the workforce at a professional level
- Students may pursue a dual degree program by combining the MSLIS with any other CCI graduate degree program
- Students of the MSLIS program are prepared to work in information organizations of all types – from libraries, to archives, to corporations and government agencies
- Accredited by the American Library Association since 1924
- Consistently highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report (11th in 2018), who also rated the College in the following specialty areas (2017): Digital Librarianship (7th), Health Librarianship (3rd), Information Systems (4th), and Services for Children and Youth (7th)
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MSLIS Course Requirements & Descriptions
Please visit Drexel's Graduate Catalog
for course requirements
and to view a sample plan of study
(to see course descriptions, please click on the course number under "Degree Requirements"). To find out when courses are offered, please visit Drexel's Term Master Schedule
- INFO 506 Users, Services & Resources: Introduces the principles and practices of providing effective information services for a variety of user communities. Develops practical skills in meeting users’ information needs. Focuses on current methods of providing information services and instruction in different contexts and techniques for evaluating reference sources and services.
- INFO 507 Leading and Managing Information Organizations: Introduces basic theories, approaches, and concepts of leadership, management, and organizational behavior as they apply to libraries, archives, and other information organizations. The course explores principles, practices, and techniques needed to develop and enrich effective information organizations.
- INFO 590 Organization of Data and Information: Introduces principles and techniques used to organize data and information. Presents an overview of existing and emerging data standards and tools applicable to various information settings. Addresses information structures, data as resource, resource description, metadata, vocabulary schemes, classification, and linked data, and representation theory.