About Us


The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is accredited by the American Library Association; we are one of about 60 ALA-accredited programs in North America and one of a few totally online ALA programs in the country. Our 40 graduate credit hour program does not require physical residence in Mississippi, but each course does have required real-time online class meetings. You may earn a masters' of library and information science (MLIS) or a MLIS with school library licensure emphasis. SLIS offers two graduate certificates that may be earned with a MLIS degree or post-MLIS degree: a Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections and a Graduate Certificate in Youth Services and Literature.

Currently students enrolled in Southern Mississippi online programs pay in-state tuition. We offer courses in archives, cataloging, reference, collection development, library management, research methods, digital libraries, youth services, as well as courses in Internet resources, computer applications, information ethics, multicultural resources, history of the book, children's literature, young adult literature and more! 

For undergraduate students we offer the bachelor's degree in library and information science (B.S.), which can be used to obtain a variety of paraprofessional positions in libraries and other information environments, as well as a LIS minor.

The ALA accredited master's degree is the professional degree in the field of library and information science; the coursework prepares students for diverse opportunities for a career in archives, libraries, or special collections. If you are interested in the MLIS, MLIS with school licensure, graduate certificate, or LIS BS program, email slis@usm.edu or call 601-266-4228 for additional information.