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Library and Information Studies


Library and Information Studies





$484-$1095 C/H


Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

School of Library and Information Studies

College of Arts and Sciences


Generate, Access, and Use Information

The ability to generate, access, and use information has become the key factor in personal, social, and economic growth. The expanding global information society is encouraging the free flow of information; and the impact of rapidly changing information and communications technologies is reshaping our personal, educational, and social activities, our organizational and political practices, and our local, national, and international institutions.

The University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies offers the only American Library Association-accredited master's degree in Oklahoma. The Master of Library and Information Studies allows students to focus their interests by developing skills in librarianship, archival studies, technology/data science and other current specializations for careers in information agencies and in positions of information management, storage, organization, access, and use within profit and not-for-profit institutions.

The School of Library and Information Studies offers a comprehensive degree program through coursework and practical experience. The Master of Library and Information Studies degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of completed coursework. Students complete their degree through one of three options: passing a comprehensive examination, completing a written thesis, or completing a portfolio.

Course sequence:

    Management of Information and Knowledge Organizations 

    Information and Knowledge Society

    Organization of Information and Knowledge Resources 

    Information Users in the Knowledge Society

    Information and Communication Technology

    Research & Evaluation Methods

In addition to the required courses, students have 6 electives that give them the flexibility to tailor their degree to the professional setting of their interest.

The Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Oklahoma is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation.

ALA Accredited American Library Association Committee on Accreditation


    100% Online

Admission Deadline:

    Rolling Admissions

Program Start Terms:

    Fall, Spring and Summer



Lead in Today's World

This program creates strong leaders that harness cultural differences, and gathers perspectives from across age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds while adapting to constant change.



Strong Career Growth

According to the Library Journal's 2017 survey of recent graduates of LIS programs, "The average full-time salary for employed 2016 graduates is $51,798, up 7.45% over 2015." 



Academic Excellence

OU’s graduate school experience is built on the idea that our world-class faculty are mixed with professors of practice to provide valuable instruction in a high-quality online learning environment.


An Investment in Your Future

Online programs are an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.


Program Details

Admission to the online program is selective. Those interested in the program should have a competitive undergraduate GPA. Additional admissions factors may include work or service experience, demonstrated leadership potential, exceptional talents or skills, trends, or improvement in academic performance and undergraduate school performance.

To apply for the online program, students are asked to submit:

  • Online application and application fee of $50
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Official undergraduate transcript from an accredited institution
  • (3) Professional Letters of Recommendation
  • Valid TOEFL exam score report (for international students)

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-325-2929.

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Program Contacts:


Stacy Smith
Student Services Specialist
School of Library and Information Studies