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The OU MLIS program is structured around the concept that a well-rounded grounding in the discipline includes knowledge of the LIS field, understanding management/administration, working with people, the structure of organization principles, knowledge of technology, an ability to conduct research, and specialization in chosen topic areas. The core (required) courses reflect this model and it is also referenced in the way the electives are often listed. Electives can be broadly chosen across this structure, or they can be concentrated in special interest areas. 

Current course descriptions are found in the OU General Catalog.

Core Required Courses

LIS 5033 Information and Society - Should be taken the first semester
LIS 5023 Management in Information Organizations
LIS 5043 Organization of Information
LIS 5053 Information Seeking and Use
LIS 5063 Fundamentals of Information Technology
LIS 5713 Research and Evaluation Methods - Generally taken the last semester

Elective Courses


LIS 5343 Archival Concepts and Traditions
LIS 5463 Archival Representation 
LIS 5473 Documents and Records Management 
LIS 5563 Archival Appraisal 
LIS 5653 Preservation of Information Materials 
LIS 5827 Internship (in an archival setting) 
LIS 5970 Digital Curation 
LIS 5970 Archives in the Museum Setting
LIS 5970 Archival Practice in the Digital Age
If this concentration interests you, you may also be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies

Youth Librarianship

LIS 5183 Information Resources and Services for Children 
LIS 5193 Information Resources and Services for Young Adults 
LIS 5283 School Library Administration 
LIS 5970 Makerspaces: Theory and Practice

Focus on People, Reference, and Users

LIS 5123 Literature and Methods for Readers' Advisory Services 
LIS 5173 Diversity Fundamentals in LIS
LIS 5203 Leadership in Information Organizations 
LIS 5213 Social Informatics 
LIS 5253 Community Relations and Advocacy 
LIS 5503 Information Literacy and Instruction 
LIS 5513 Information Sources and Services 
LIS 5523 Online Information Retrieval

Collection Management 

LIS 5403 Cataloging and Classification 
LIS 5443 Collection Development and Management 
LIS 5453 Digital Collections

Technology for Information Studies 

LIS 5223 Project Planning and Management
LIS 5533 Foundations of Learning Sciences (taught through the College of Education) 
LIS 5613 Dynamic Web Development 
LIS 5633 Web Design and Implementation 
LIS 5683 Database Design for Information Organizations
LIS 5723 Cybersecurity Essentials

Data Science

LIS 5623 Advanced Data Analytics
LIS 5643 Introduction to Data Analytics
LIS 5673 Introduction to Information Visualization
LIS 5693 Information Retrieval & Text Mining
LIS 5970 Data Stewardship
If this concentration interests you, you may also be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics for Information Professionals


LIS 5133 Biomedical Bibliography and Reference Materials 
LIS 5163 Biomedical Databases 
LIS 5827 Internship (in a medical or health information setting) 
LIS 5970 Health Informatics 
LIS 5970 Community Health Information

Other General Electives

LIS 5143 Government Information 
LIS 5233 Oklahoma Information Environment 
LIS 5970 Libraries and Popular Culture
LIS 5970 Comics and Graphic Novels in Libraries

Classes in Other Departments - if one of these classes interests you, work with your advisor 

GIS 5013 Fundamentals of GIS 
LAW 6543 Copyright 
Other OU graduate classes can be used as electives for the MLIS (up to 9 credit hours) with permission from your advisor. Work with your advisor if you have a special concentration that you would like to create. You will generally also need permission from the other department to enroll in their classes

Independent Study Courses

Work with your advisor if you are interested in doing an independent class. Additional information, contracts, and other documents for these independent courses can be found on the independent courses page.
  • LIS 5823 Internship in Library/Information Centers 
  • LIS 5920 Directed Research 
  • LIS 5940 Directed Project 
  • LIS 5960 Directed Readings 
  • LIS 5980 Research for Master’s Theses