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MLIS degree requirements

For students who entered the master's program prior to September 1, 2013:
The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree requirements are described below.

Note: After September 2013 the degree was revised to MISt.

MLIS degree requirements

The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree is awarded after successful completion of the equivalent of 2 academic years of study (48 credits). Although the program is normally taken full-time, it may be pursued part-time to be completed within 5 years of initial registration.

Part-time students who entered the MLIS program prior to September 1, 2013 should consult with the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Kimiz Dalkir, for guidance regarding degree completion.

During their first two terms, students should aim to complete the required core and complementary courses needed for their selected stream.

Required courses for all MLIS students (12 credits)

GLIS 601  (3)  Information and Society
GLIS 611  (3)  Research Principles and Analysis
GLIS 617  (3)  Information System Design
GLIS 620  (3)  Information Agency Management


Archival Studies Stream

12 credits of complementary courses:
GLIS 641  (3)  Archival Arrangement & Description
GLIS 642  (3)  Preservation Management
GLIS 645  (3)  Archival Principles & Practice
GLIS 660  (3)  Records Management

12-24 credits chosen from the following complementary courses:
GLIS 609  (3)  Metadata & Access
GLIS 613  (3)  Library and Archival History
GLIS 634  (3)  Web System Design and Management
GLIS 643  (3)  Electronic Records Systems
GLIS 646  (12)  Research Project
GLIS 647  (6)  Independent Study
GLIS 657  (3)  Database Design & Development
GLIS 689  (3)  Selected Topics
GLIS 699  (3)  Practicum

0-12 credits chosen from the following complementary courses:
GLIS 607  (3)  Organization of Information
GLIS 616  (3)  Information Retrieval
GLIS 619  (3)  Information Services & Users
GLIS 631  (3)  Systems Thinking
GLIS 632  (3)  Library Systems
GLIS 633  (3)  Multimedia Systems
GLIS 638  (3)  Business Information
GLIS 639  (3)  Introduction to Museology
GLIS 655  (3)  Language and Information
GLIS 661  (3)  Knowledge Management
GLIS 665  (3)  Competitive Intelligence

Knowledge Management Stream

12 credits of complementary courses:
GLIS 661  (3)  Knowledge Management
GLIS 662  (3)  Intellectual Capital
GLIS 663  (3)  Knowledge Taxonomies
GLIS 664  (3)  Communities of Practice

12-24 credits chosen from the following complementary courses:
GLIS 616  (3)  Information Retrieval
GLIS 633  (3)  Multimedia Systems
GLIS 634  (3)  Web System Design and Management
GLIS 638  (3)  Business Information
GLIS 643  (3)  Electronic Records Systems
GLIS 646  (12)  Research Project
GLIS 647  (6)  Independent Study
GLIS 657  (3)  Database Design & Development
GLIS 665  (3)  Competitive Intelligence
GLIS 689  (3)  Selected Topics
GLIS 699  (3)  Practicum

0-12 credits chosen from the following complementary courses:
GLIS 607  (3)  Organization of Information
GLIS 619  (3)  Information Services & Users
GLIS 624  (3)  Marketing Information Services
GLIS 631  (3)  Systems Thinking
GLIS 639  (3)  Introduction to Museology
GLIS 645  (3)  Archival Principles & Practice
GLIS 655  (3)  Language and Information
GLIS 679  (3)  Information Literacy

Librarianship Stream

12 credits of complementary courses:
GLIS 607  (3)  Organization of Information
GLIS 615  (3)  Bibliographic and Factual Sources
GLIS 618  (3)  Collection Development
GLIS 619  (3)  Information Services & Users

12-24 credits chosen from the following complementary courses:
GLIS 608  (3)  Classification and Cataloguing
GLIS 612  (3)  History of Books and Printing
GLIS 613  (3)  Library and Archival History
GLIS 614  (3)  Public Libraries
GLIS 632  (3)  Library Systems
GLIS 636  (3)  Government Information
GLIS 637  (3)  Scientific & Technical Information
GLIS 638  (3)  Business Information
GLIS 644  (3)  Descriptive Bibliography
GLIS 646  (12)  Research Project
GLIS 647  (6)  Independent Study
GLIS 651  (3)  Humanities and Social Science Information
GLIS 656  (3)  Abstracting and Indexing
GLIS 671  (3)  Health Sciences Information
GLIS 672  (3)  Law Information
GLIS 673  (3)  Bioinformatics Resources
GLIS 679  (3)  Information Literacy
GLIS 689  (3)  Selected Topics
GLIS 699  (3)  Practicum

0-12 credits chosen from the following complementary courses:

GLIS 609  (3)  Metadata & Access
GLIS 616  (3)  Information Retrieval
GLIS 624  (3)  Marketing Information Services
GLIS 631  (3)  Systems Thinking
GLIS 633  (3)  Multimedia Systems
GLIS 634  (3)  Web System Design and Management
GLIS 639  (3)  Introduction to Museology
GLIS 643  (3)  Electronic Records Systems
GLIS 645  (3)  Archival Principles & Practice
GLIS 655  (3)  Language and Information
GLIS 657  (3)  Database Design & Development
GLIS 660  (3)  Records Management
GLIS 661  (3)  Knowledge Management
GLIS 665  (3)  Competitive Intelligence

Elective Courses (0-12 credits)

0-12 credits (with approval), from other 500-, 600-, or 700-level courses.

External elective courses (courses outside of the School) must be approved by the student's advisor and the Graduate Program Director - with submission of a required form. Information and required application form is available here.