Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS)

At UCLA, the MLIS program provides students with a blend of conceptual and theoretical knowledge and practical experience. In the classroom, students acquire a solid foundation in contemporary library, archival, and information science theory, information seeking and retrieval skills, and information technology expertise. An unparalleled internship program, involving over 300 organizations across Southern California, extends classroom learning by giving students the opportunity to apply their theoretical insights and practical skills in a professional environment.

Our students are mentored for leadership in whatever field of information work they choose to enter. We do this by providing:

  • face-to-face classroom instruction;
  • a wide choice of specializations and course offerings;
  • internship opportunities;
  • individual advisors;
  • mentoring programs;
  • teamwork experience;
  • support for student participation in professional organizations; and
  • the opportunity for students either to compile a portfolio in which they assess and present their career-related activities to date, or to write a thesis presenting the results of original research.

Our MLIS program is one of the most innovative and comprehensive in the country. We graduate highly successful and accomplished information professionals who go on to work in a wide variety of institutions.

The UCLA MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association.

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Goals for the MLIS Program

To educate MLIS students to become the top leaders, policy makers, and designers of information systems and services within the information professions.

To educate MLIS students with strong professional ethics and a sense of individual, institutional, social and professional responsibility.

To educate MLIS students with the skills to become change agents within their institutions and professional communities.

To educate MLIS students who are able to work effectively in culturally diverse environments.

To educate MLIS students who are committed to their own lifelong continuing professional education.

To redesign our curriculum continuously to reflect faculty strengths and rapidly changing environmental demands.

Student Achievement Data

Graduation Year         No. of MLIS Graduates
2017                             58
2016                             33
2015                             40
2014                             37
2013                             73
For more admissions and enrollment data, see UCLA Graduate Division’s Program Profile Report for Library & Information Science.

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