Graduate Certificate in Library & Information Studies

Are you a library and information professional with a MLIS degree (or ALA equivalent) interested in updating your qualifications for advanced responsibility, or redirecting or refreshing your career?

The Graduate Certificate in Library & Information Studies program is a 15-credit program which allows professional librarians and information specialists currently holding a master's degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master of Library & Information Studies program (or master's degree from an equivalent ALA-accredited program) to enrich their current portfolio. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor in conjunction with whom an individualized program of study is designed. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, to a maximum of five years. Both Fall and Winter entry is offered.

Courses & program requirements

Students complete a 15-credit program composed of courses selected in consultation with their advisor.

Complementary Courses

9-15 credits, three to five INFS courses chosen in consultation with the student's advisor with the exception of the following courses: INFS 603, INFS 604, INFS 605, INFS 688, INFS 689, INFS 699 (MISt-only courses).

Not all courses are offered every year. Some elective courses are offered in alternate years. For the term, days, and times when courses will be offered, please refer to McGill's Minerva Dynamic Schedule or the current course timetables.

External Course Credits

Up to 6 credits may be taken outside the School, 3 credits of which may be taken outside of McGill. All such courses must be at the graduate level and receive prior approval. See additional guidelines and a required permission form here.

Further information, including links to general university information and regulations may be found on the McGill e-Calendar Graduate Certificate in Library & Information Studies page.


For questions regarding Contact
Admissions and application process; course registration process; general administrative matters Claire Brady, Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator: admissions.sis [at]
Program content and structure, academic matters Graduate Program Director  gpdm.sis [at]
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