The Master of Library Science (MLS) program focuses on areas central to research and practice in library and information science. It emphasizes the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the field. The applied results of scholarly research are related to current practices and are analyzed with the goal of advancing the quality and scope of services in a variety of information settings. The MLS program provides a comprehensive foundation for professional careers in all libraries, information centers, and other agencies engaged in information activities.
The program for the MLS degree requires 36 credit hours of academic work to be completed with a minimum average of B within five calendar years from the first registration. In the non-thesis option, all credits are course work. The thesis option requires 30 credits of course work and 6 credits of thesis research. The usual and recommended course of study requires approximately 18-24 months for full-time students.
Program Focus Areas
Students are able to pursue a general MLS degree at the Shady Grove campus, or focus on information services for children and young adults in the school library media environment or in the public library. Please contact us, or visit the iSchool website at www.ischool.umd.edu for more information about the program requirements, courses offered, and faculty.
Dr. Vedat G. Diker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bldg. III, Room 5131
Ms. Vicky H. Reinke (email@example.com)
Bldg. III, Room 5133 (Program Office)
Mr. Hussain Abbas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bldg. III, Room 5113
Walk-in Information Sessions
Inquiries are welcome at all times. Please contact Ms. Reinke, Mr. Abbas or Dr. Diker via email or phone to discuss your concerns or arrange an office visit.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, we hold walk-in information sessions every Thursday evening between 5:30-7:00 PM in the Program Office. However, please call ahead to verify that a session has not been cancelled. If that time is not convenient for you, contact us to schedule another day and time to meet.