- Program Requirements
Students work with their advisors to create their program of study. Courses are offered on campus. Many are available online.
LIS Core Courses
- LIS 415 - Information Organization
- LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services
- LIS 488 - Technology for Information Professionals
Students are required to take LIS 407, LIS 415, and LIS 488 within their
first 12 credits. * School
Library Teacher Program and Archives
Concentration students should see their respective program
pages for specific requirements as they are different than those of
Three IS&T Core Courses
- LIS 532K - Theories of Information Science
- LIS 532J - Introduction to Programming
- LIS 458 - Database Management
Two Courses from Below:
- LIS 421 - Social Informatics
- LIS 455 - Usability & User Experience
- LIS 462 - Digital Libraries
- LIS 465 - Knowledge Management
- LIS 467 - Web Development & Information Architecture
- LIS 486 / CS543 - Systems Analysis
- LIS 531Z - Data Interoperability/XML (under revision)
- LIS 593D - Information Visualization
Four electives from any offered LIS Course
For more details, see our course descriptions.
Updated per faculty vote, April 2016.
- Customize Your Program
- You'll work with a faculty advisor to tailor your program to your interests and career goals.
- Gerald Benoit
- Associate Professor.
- Phone: 617-521-2879
- Office: P310J
- Chaoqun Ni
- Assistant Professor, SLIS
- Phone: 617-521-2496
- Office: P212B
- Kyong Eun Oh
- Assistant Professor, SLIS
- Phone: 617-521-2265
- Office: P204K
- Amber Stubbs
- Assistant Professor
- Phone: 617-521-2807
- Office: P212C
- Rong Tang
- Director of SLIS PhD Program, Associate Professor
- Phone: 617-521-2880
- Office: P205A
- Bruce Tis
- Associate Professor, Computer Science
- Phone: 617-521-2703
- Office: P212D
- Nanette Veilleux
- Director of Computer Science and Informatics Program
- Phone: 617-521-2705
- Office: P212E
- Online Program
Students may now complete the master of science degree program in library and information science fully online. Students pursuing the Maser of Science (MS) degree online have the same opportunities to customize their program as students in the face-to-face program by concentrating their studies in archives management, information science and technology, or cultural heritage informatics. Or, students may choose the DYO (Design Your Own) option, and customize their degree program to reflect their professional goals.
Information Science & Technology Online
We also offer a fully online master's degree/Information Science & Technology concentration. Click on "Program Requirements" above for more information about the Curriculum. Additional information about Online curriculum is forthcoming.
Excepting mode of delivery, online courses are identical to face to face courses in content and learning objectives. Online courses are asynchronous, meaning that teaching and learning in the online course environment is not bound to time or place. Just as face-to-face students must meet assignment deadlines set by their instructors and actively engage in learning in the classroom space, online students are similarly obligated to complete assignments on time and participate in learning activities. The difference between the online and face-to-face experience: online students may access and engage with organized learning materials anytime and anywhere they are connected to the Internet.
Because all MS students may register for and participate in online classes, the SLIS online classrooms have become spaces for local and distant students to learn and network.
- Internships and Careers
SLIS students develop hands-on skills and experience through internships, practicums, and pre-professional jobs in a wide variety of settings, including schools, libraries, corporations, hospitals, government agencies, NGOs, and media organizations. We strongly encourage all students to gain experience in the ﬁeld, and we help students connect with the best sites for their career goals.
Every SLIS student is offered the opportunity to gain experience via coursework or ore-professional positions with one of many institutions across New England. Archives and SLT students have experiential learning opportunities built into their programs, whereas students in the general LIS program can take an internship elective for credit. SLIS has a long history with internship sites in the local area, thereby providing matches for students rather than requiring students to ﬁnd their own sites.
The winning combination of a degree plus work experience puts SLIS graduates in a strong position to ﬁnd employment after ﬁnishing their program. SLIS graduates report that their pre-professional work experience helped them to identify which environments and jobs were right for them, while also building their networks
Recent placements include:
Bellingham Public Library
Boston Public Library
Brookline Public Library
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Community Change, Inc.
Harvard Business School
Harvard Law School
Holliston Public Library
Keene State College
Morrill Memorial Library
Olin College of Engineering
Thomas Crane Public Library
UMass Amherst! University of California, Irvine
University of Connecticut
Winthrop Public Library
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester Public Library
- SLIS Tech Competencies
While all students enter the LIS program with different talents, skills, and abilities, LIS instructors expect all students to possess a baseline of knowledge, skill, and familiarity with technology. Read about the SLIS Tech Competencies.
- How to Apply
Ready to take the next step? We'll guide you through the requirements and deadlines — and get you started on your way!
Apply to the on-campus or online program