4+1 Bachelor to Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS)
The 4+1 Bachelor to Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) Program is designed for undergraduate students to begin working towards a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science while completing their Bachelor’s degree. Students in this program will take four, 3-credit, 500-level graduate LIS courses during undergrad and count those 12 credits toward the bachelor’s degree and the MSLIS degree. The MSLIS program requires a total of 36 credits, so only 24 more credits (8 LIS courses) will need to be completed at the graduate level to earn the MSLIS degree. These eight courses can be completed in one year and cover a variety of disciplines within Library Science, such as Cultural Heritage, Law Librarianship and more. The program is open to juniors and seniors of all majors.
The Library and Information Science Program
An MSLIS degree is highly relevant for today’s 21st Century information needs. Our graduates assist users and organizations in finding information, making sense of it, and using it to support decision making. The roles of information professionals are expanding and becoming more stimulating and rewarding than ever.
Graduates of the MSLIS program might find themselves employed in a variety of library settings. They may work for special libraries serving government agencies, businesses, non-profits, or organizations that make intensive use of information, such as think-tanks. They may work as reference librarians, archivists, managers of information systems, and digital librarians who manage data and information on the Internet. Others may work in academic libraries and K-12 school libraries.
Juniors and seniors at CUA are welcome to take 500-level LIS courses. After they have completed two LIS courses, students will be encouraged to apply to the “4+1” MSLIS program. A GPA of 3.0 or above, a statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation are required. See application details on the Admissions page.
Students will choose four of the six 500-level courses to begin their entry into MSLIS program. After students have earned 12 credits from these courses, they will work with their advisors to select the remainder of their courses and a practicum. The 500 level LIS courses include:
- LSC 522: Digital Content Creation and Management
- LSC 524: Information Analysis and Communication
- LSC 525: User Interface Design and Evaluation
- LSC 551: Organization of Information
- LSC 553: Information Sources and Services
- LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
- LSC 557: Libraries and Information in Society