Master's Programs in Library Science in California

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The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) is the master's degree required by most professional library positions. An MLIS degree can be obtained through coursework at an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution. ALA accreditation indicates that the program has undergone external review and meets ALA Committee standards. Programs prepare students for work in public and private libraries, as well as vendor work. California has two universities that offer a master's degree in library science.

San Jose State University

  • San Jose State University offers an ALA-accredited degree of Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). The degree requires the successful completion of 43 units, including a culminating experience that complies with university regulations and school policies. All of the courses are taught completely online. Students and instructors interact through web conferencing, social networks and web-based learning systems. Through the use of such sophisticated technology, the program successfully prepares students for ever-changing information landscape and allows them to find ways to apply technology to all areas of their work. The program offers a number of specializations including academic libraries, archival studies, executive MLIS, information organization and description, management, public libraries, reference services and instruction, special libraries, teacher librarianship, web design and technology, and youth librarianship.

    San Jose State University
    Applied Science and Arts
    School of Library and Information Science
    One Washington Square
    San Jose, CA 95192-0029
    (408) 924-2490
    slisweb.sjsu.edu

University of California, Los Angeles

  • UCLA offers an ALA-accredited degree of Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). Students take six core courses (information in society, information structures, design of library and information services, information access and management theory and practice for information professionals) and one research methods course. Students select 12 elective courses which are related to their individual interests. Fulfillment of the degree requires participation in an internship as well as the preparation of a portfolio or thesis. Students may choose to specialize in library studies, archival studies or informatics.

    University of California, Los Angeles
    Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
    Department of Information Studies
    Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Building
    Box 951520
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
    (310) 825-8799
    is.gseis.ucla.edu

Online

  • In addition to the two schools in California that offer the ALA-accredited MLIS degree, there are many other universities across the country that offer degrees completely online. Comparing the schools' courses, prices, and specializations will help you in making your decision.

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