MLIS Degree Planning

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MLIS Degree Planning

How will you make the most of your time in the MLIS program?

These resources are intended to help students select courses that will best serve their goals, and to supply information about MLIS program policies and requirements.

Handbooks & Checklists

MLIS Student Handbook

The MLIS Student Handbook contains policies, procedures, and program requirements for the Master of Library and Information Science at the iSchool. 

MLIS Canvas Student Guide

The MLIS Canvas Student Guide was created to help students learn how to use ELMS-Canvas. If there is information you need that is not available in this guide, refer to the Division of IT's extensive resources for Teaching and Learning/ELMS.

MLIS Program Checklists

The MLIS program has Program/Specialization Requirement Checklists for each specialization to help students plan their program of study. View the requirements for each specialization here:

Choosing Courses

The iSchool Two Year Course Plan lists which INST, INFM, and LBSC courses the iSchool intends to offer over the next 2 years, which semester they’ll be offered, what format, and where. This document is subject to change based on professor availability, registration counts, and unforeseen issues but can be used to help students plan their schedules.

When planning your coursework, be mindful that some classes have prerequisites. Look to the Schedule of Classes on Testudo for more information about prerequisites. Students may take classes outside the iSchool and even outside the University of Maryland.  For information on these options, refer to the MLIS Student Handbook's "Transfer Credits & Courses Outside the iSchool" section.  

For more information on courses, scheduling, and registration, students can use the following resources:

Academic Advising

Prospective and current MLIS students have the benefit of working with academic advisors through the Student Services Office. The advisors are the best resource for navigating iSchool degree programs and all university, Graduate School, and iSchool policies.

Some topics advisors can discuss with you are:

  • How to register for courses
  • Degree plans and course suggestions
  • Policies and procedures at Maryland, the Graduate School, iSchool, or specific degree program requirements
  • Filling out forms and paperwork
  • Navigating other university offices/services such as Financial Aid, International Services, etc.

Contact Information

Graduate Student Services
Patuxent Building Room 2106 | 4161 Fieldhouse Drive | College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: (301) 405-9325