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Library and Information Science - Master's

Availability: Online Options*

Interested in earning an ALA-accredited MLIS degree online?

The mission of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is to prepare qualified individuals for professional roles in libraries, archives, and other information environments with appropriate knowledge and skills to serve the information needs of their communities.

SLIS has been ALA-accredited since 1980. At the last review by the ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) in 2012, ALA Accreditation status was Continued and the next accreditation review by ALA COA is scheduled for spring 2019.

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3Degree Options
1Study-Abroad Opportunity in London
3Program-Specific Scholarships

What Will I Learn?

Educational Goals for MLIS Students

  • Knowledge of and commitment to ethical practices
  • Professional practice and training experiences
  • Knowledge of the LIS literature
  • Engagement in research
  • Technical competency

SLIS Graduate Faculty

SLIS graduate faculty all have Ph.D. degrees from a variety of accredited universities and they are all accomplished scholars. Most have received letters of commendation from USM President Bennett; three faculty members (Drs. Creel, Griffis, Welsh) received teaching awards and one, Dr. Bomhold, received an award for service. Each faculty mamber has specific research interests, but all want our students to succeed and to make a difference in their communities.


Degree Plan Availability
Library & Information Science (Licensure) MLISOnline 100%
Library and Information Science MLISOnline 100%

Contact Us

School of Library and Information Science

206 Cook Library
118 College Dr. #5146
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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  • Academic Librarian
  • School Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Special Librarian (Medical or Legal)
  • Public Librarian
  • Government Librarian
  • Lauren Ashley Howell (MLIS, Archival Certificate, 2017),
    Metadata Librarian George Mason University Library Fairfax, VA
  • Tiffany Riggins (MLIS, Archival Certificate, Youth Services Certificate, 2016), 
    Teen Librarian  Helen Hall Public Library  Houston, TX
  • Stephen Parks, J.D. (MLIS, 2013), 
    State Librarian  State of Mississippi, Mississippi Supreme Court Jackson, MS
  • Nadia Nasr (MLIS, 2005), 
    Head of Archives & Special Collections  Santa Clara University Library  Santa Clara, CA
  • Tamara Nelson (MLIS, 2009),
    Instructor/Reference Librarian University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS
  • Cynthia Sturgis Landrum, Ph.D. (MLIS, 2006),
    Director Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Evansville, IN