Master of Library and Information Studies

Become a leader and make a difference in library and information studies.

URI’s Master of Library and Information Studies is a fully-online, 36-credit program that builds knowledge and expertise in library and information services (across multiple sectors), management of information services, and information science, technology, and equity.

Graduates benefit from the experiential education and mandatory internships offered, as well as the robust alumni network our longstanding institution maintains. With the mentorship of dedicated faculty and advisors, students can tailor programs in a personalized manner to fit their needs and choose from four optional tracks in leadership, information equity, school library media, and digital media.

Taught in a flexible, asynchronous learning format, the program prepares knowledgeable, ethical, and engaged library and information leaders and professionals to serve the information needs of diverse communities. As one of the first accelerated online MLIS programs, full-time students can complete their master’s in as little as one year. Part-time students can complete in two years.

Librarians. Out Loud.

Serving essential roles in the communities they serve, today’s librarians are so much more than keepers of the books.

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$856*Tuition per credit *Based on 2023 rates and subject to change

*In-state tuition for all students

“With every institution needing information curation now, there is no better time to get a degree in Library and Information Studies. With over fifty-five years of serving information professionals, URI’s ALA-accredited Graduate School of Library and Information Studies trains people to work in medical, business, governmental, legal, public, school, and academic libraries, as well as curate in museums, archives, media centers, and cultural heritage sites. The online accelerated format makes getting the MLIS degree more affordable and accessible than ever.”
Valerie Karno, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
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Career Opportunities

Our graduates work in public, school, and special library settings in communities throughout the United States and abroad in major cities, corporations, government and nonprofit organizations. Job titles include: 

  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • School Librarian
  • Information Specialist
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Curator
  • Metadata Specialist
  • Information Scientist 
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The nationally-ranked MLIS is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and our School Library Media program is also accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation and certified by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).


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Program Director

Valerie Karno, J.D., PhD.
Associate Professor, Director
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies