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Library & Info Science (100% online)

Master of Library and Information Science


Be an information expert in the Digital Age

Information literacy, metadata management, and other modern challenges are what we study as experts in library science and data technology.

Now you can expand your skills without putting your life on hold, by earning your Master of Library Science (M.L.S) degree online through at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. Join a community of highly regarded professionals who provide creative, data-driven ideas that empower library patrons, corporations, civic groups, and our communities.

Earn your M.L.S. 100% online

A leader in the field of online learning, IUPUI's Department of Library and Information Science specializes in fostering collaborative learning from a distance. In your online classes you'll create technology plans, develop leadership strategies, build web pages, and organize and preserve information in digital library formats.

Our Master of Library Science, the entry degree for a professional librarian, is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA-M.L.S). Universally required for professionals in academic libraries, the M.L.S. is essential for leadership in public libraries and provides valuable management skills.

Preparing you for a new world of information

Your online M.L.S. coursework reflects what's expected of graduates in the working world.

Areas of study such as digital libraries better prepare you for finding, collecting, organizing, and preserving information. Learn about legal aspects of the profession, including copyright law, freedom of speech, and ethical and policy issues arising from the digital age.

Knowing the options

You'll learn emerging trends to help you assist researchers, small business owners, amateur genealogists and others in finding the data they need.

Creating connections

Staying current with technology in areas such as databases and social media gives you the power in more ways than ever to link users to information.

Spreading the word

Making information resources accessible relies on being well-grounded in digital technology.

Taming the data

You'll analyze, design, and implement new systems that make searching easier for users.

Preserving a legacy in 3-D

M.L.S. students learn and work alongside our faculty on real-world projects such as Virtual Bethel, the digital preservation of the original Bethel AME Church building in downtown Indianapolis. Faculty and students painstakingly archived historical treasures from the city's oldest African-American church and created a 3-D virtual walk-through.

Careers in library science

You'll learn the skills to become a steward of all kinds of information, organizing and preserving the history we're making each day.

Opportunities in the information sciences include positions in museums and other cultural institutions, research facilities, businesses, nonprofits—anywhere that information expertise is needed.

You'll also find our graduates in public, school, academic, and special libraries—as well as in corporate information centers. They manage physical and virtual collections, and are passionate about the vital role that libraries play in community engagement.

Careers our graduates pursue

  • Digital collections librarian
  • Genealogy researcher
  • Metadata specialist
  • Technical services specialist
  • Library director
  • Curator
  • Information architect
  • What our graduates do
  • Assist patrons
  • Write grants
  • Develop data research tools
  • Create library technology plans and websites
  • Archive and preserve digital information for easy retrieval

Degree options

You can add a specialization or combine your Master of Library Science degree with a graduate degree from another field to expand your career options.

All courses through the Department of Library and Information Science are offered online.