Library Science (LBSC)

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The fully American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program at the University of Maryland is a professional degree that provides students with a comprehensive foundation in both research and practice in library and information science. This foundation prepares students for careers in government, archives, museums, libraries, startups, and any organization engaged in information activities.

At the iSchool we seek students who will serve as the next generation of leaders in information science and who will succeed in the dynamic and evolving global information society.

The MLS program is designed for students from a wide variety of academic and career backgrounds, and is flexible enough to accommodate students working full or part-time. Students can complete their MLS degree in-person, fully online, or through a hybrid approach.

Each student in the MLS Program selects one of our unique specializations. Students who pursue the "Individualized Program Plan" may create their own course plan. Specialization offerings include:

The iSchool regularly holds online information sessions about all of the program offerings. Please visit the iSchool website to sign up to attend:

Admissions Information

Admission decisions are based upon a thorough review of the applicant's academic record, scores on the Graduate Record Exam (please see program website for waiver/requirement information), 3 letters of recommendation, and a 500 word targeted essay. Other factors, such as other graduate degrees and work experience, may be considered.

New students are admitted to the MLS program the Fall term.

Please visit the Admissions page for complete information:

Application Deadlines
Type of Applicant Fall Spring

Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Deadline: February 1

International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas, as well as those seeking admissions under A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.

Deadline: February 1

Application Requirements

  1. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  2. GRE General (see the MLS Admissions page for information GRE waiver requirements)
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation
  4. 500 word targeted essay
  5. Resume/CV
  6. International applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores

Degree Requirements

Master of Library Science (M.L.S.)

The MLS degree requires 36 credit hours of academic work to be completed with a B minimum average within five calendar years from the first semester of registration. In the non-thesis option, all credits are coursework. The thesis option requires 30 credits of course work and 6 credits of thesis research. A full-time MLS student usually completes the program in two years.

Students completing their MLS courses in-person may take courses in the daytime and evening and may change from part-time to full-time and vice versa, as their circumstances permit. Most in-person MLS courses are offered during the evening, but there are online sections offered on a rotating basis.

Students completing their MLS online take two courses each semester (fall, spring, summer) and complete the program in two calendar years.

The History/Library Science (HILS) dual degree program requires 54 credit hours for the MLS and MA in History. The time limit for completion of all degree requirements for this dual degree program is five years.

Each student works with an advisor to design a suitable course of study. All MLS students must successfully complete the following 3 core courses in their first 18 credits:

In addition all non-thesis MLS students are required to complete a required field study course. The section they take should correspond to their program of study:

The remaining courses are electives selected by the student and an academic advisor in the iSchool.

At least 24 credits of the 36 required credits must be courses taken in the College (LBSC, INST, or INFM). A student may take courses in other UMCP departments or through the Consortium at other area institutions (limit of six credits). Six credits may be transferred from another accredited graduate program. Up to 12 credits earned as an Advanced Special Student UMCP may be applied to the degree. Information about policies and procedures governing degree requirements and courses taken outside the College is available from the College's Student Services Office and on the College's website at

Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies is no longer coded under 'LBSC'. Please look under Information Studies (INFS) in the Graduate Catalog for more information on this program and its requirements.

Facilities and Special Resources

The College operates five research centers: the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and the Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI), the Cloud Computing Center (CCC), and the Digital Curation Innovation Center. iSchool faculty and doctoral students also participate in or have affiliations with the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory (CLIP), as well as the Departments of Computer Science, English, and Sociology, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the College of Education.

The College also operates a student computer lab for currently enrolled students.

Faculty and students participate in cooperative research with staff of the University Libraries, the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and other campus units. Students have access through cooperative arrangements and programs to the resources of Archives II, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and other prominent research facilities.

Financial Assistance

For more information on financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid section of the College of Information Studies website.

Contact Information

For specific information on the academic programs available in the College of Information Studies, admission procedures, or financial aid, contact:

Student Services Office
4110 Hornbake Building, College Park
MD  20742
Telephone: (301) 405-2038
Fax: (301) 314-9145


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