An ALA-Accredited Program with a Rich Heritage

As you consider your choice of a school that will prepare you for a career in the information professions, we urge you to consider the University of Pittsburgh. First, consider the long-standing reputation of the Master of Library and Information Science program, which has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association since 1962. The program has more than a century-long tradition of educating librarians and archivists. Our roots began in 1901 when the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh began a program to educate librarians to serve children in the new library located in a city of immigrants, and Andrew Carnegie was our first benefactor. We also offer a rigorous Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science for those seeking careers as faculty members, researchers and administrators.


A degree from an ALA-accredited program is a necessity for career placement, advancement, and mobility in all types of libraries and archives. Equally important is acknowledgement of program quality by peers at other institutions. Our MLIS program and many of our areas of interest were ranked in the top ten in both the 2014 and the 2017 U.S. News and World Report rankings. Learn more.

The University of Pittsburgh: A Major Research Institution with a Large Graduate Student Population

A second reason for choosing the University of Pittsburgh is the university itself—a top-tier research institution with more than 200 graduate degree programs, a large and diverse graduate student body and an outstanding library system ranked by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in the top quartile.

Pittsburgh—A Most Livable City

A third reason for choosing the University of Pittsburgh is life in the city itself. Pittsburgh offers world-class cultural institutions such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Carnegie Museums, championship sports teams, the natural beauty of three rivers, and friendly people. Pittsburgh has been named a “most livable city,” most recently in 2009 by The Economist.

Our Greatest Resource—The Success of Our Students and Alumni

Our students come from across the United States and abroad and represent many aspects of diversity. Their undergraduate majors span the disciplines, creating intellectual vigor in our classes. The MLIS Program has thousands of alumni working in libraries, archives, government, non-profit, corporate settings around the world. They form an informal network to help our current students.

We Invite You to Visit Our City, Our University, Our School, Our Program

We invite you to visit Pittsburgh, the University, and the School of Computing and Information. We host regular Information Sessions and can arrange for you to meet with a faculty member and to visit our classes and meet our students. We also offer a variety of asynchronous ways to learn more about our program. If you would like to arrange a visit to meet a faculty member and attend a class or two, please contact