We recognize that successful information professionals come from all walks of life and that prospective students are not always able to move to Pittsburgh to pursue their degree. Therefore, we have partnered with Pitt Online to offer an MLIS program that permits you to earn the degree while remaining at home and in your current job. This 36-credit program, which is also ALA-accredited through 2020, can be completed online within two years. Your program of study will provide you with the same foundational knowledge and practical skills as our on-campus MLIS degree program.
Online Course Participation Policy
The asynchronous design of the courses allows for students to participate at any time or any location. Just as on-campus students are required to attend each class session and to participate in class activities, online students are required to participate actively in each learning activity as required by the individual instructor and to complete each course assignment on time. It is the responsibility of students to make arrangements for participating in the course consistently throughout the term. An instructor has the option to lower a student’s grade for lack of timely participation.
MLIS students wishing to participate in an on-campus experience but whose schedules do not allow them to participate during scheduled events may contact the Director of Distance Education.
Our pathways have been developed in response to needs expressed by the profession. In addition to the core knowledge of librarianship, you’ll gain specific skill sets pertinent to your career goals.
Please note: the Archives and Information Science pathway is not offered through the MLIS Online program.
Statute of Limitations
The Master’s Degree program must be completed within four years of the first term in which courses were taken after admission. The normal part-time course load is 6 credits per term, which permits part-time students to complete the program in six terms. The faculty, in response to a student petition, must approve exceptions to the four-year limit if extenuating circumstances exist.