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Library and Information Science, M.L.I.S.

College of Information and Communications

If you’re looking for a career in a library or information center, the M.L.I.S. may be the perfect choice. Plus, it is fully online, except for internships and school library in-person practicums.

This program, fully accredited by the American Library Association, offers high-quality professional education, research and internship opportunities, and interaction with emerging technology to enhance library and information services. You'll leave USC well-equipped with research skills and a core foundation of best practices.

Program Highlights

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    Top 20

    Study at a school ranked in the Top 20 of all American Library Association-accredited schools (U.S. News & World Report).

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    An Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty members who combine distinguished academic careers with extensive professional experience.

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    You will complete one or two internships, depending on previous certifications.

What You’ll Study

You will take a core of six classes on basic library and information science principles, fulfill a technology competency requirement and select at least six more courses tailored to your interests. You'll also build an electronic portfolio including a resume, vision statement and work samples that highlight your expertise.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

  • Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations

    Organizational Skills

    Planning, prioritizing and managing tasks and resources to achieve specific objectives


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Librarian
  • Information Specialist
  • Data Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Educator

Workplace Settings

  • Information Science
  • Libraries
  • Government
  • Nonprofits
  • Education

As a first-generation student with three mentors who went through the program at the University of South Carolina, it was a no-brainer that I follow their path and do the same!

Michael Brown
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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