Bridge the gap between people and technology.

The faculty in the program recognize the needs of the full-time and working student. So we’ve crafted a flexible, highly-inclusive program of study that combines theory, hands-on competencies, and understanding of industry- and professional practices, to expose students to the kinds of knowledge they’ll be expected to know as a Master of Science. Courses include modeling data, programming, building ontologies and using relational databases and XML. All with an eye to creating or working in digital environments: with information systems, digital libraries, working in informatics, or focusing on the aesthetic experience of information visualization, web design, and studying the efficiency of information systems through management and the user experience.

The skills and knowledge you gain in this program prepare you for libraries, museums, archives, management of information systems and also for data-rich business and research settings.

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 other programs.

Three IS&T Core Courses

  • LIS 484 - Theories of Information Science
  • LIS 485 - 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 487 - Data Interoperability/XML (under revision) 
  • LIS 473 - Information Visualization

Four electives from any offered LIS Course

For more details, see our course descriptions.

Updated per faculty vote, April 2017.

Customize Your Program
You'll work with a faculty advisor to tailor your program to your interests and career goals.
    Naresh Agarwal
    • Naresh Agarwal
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2836
    • Office: P313E
    Gerald Benoit
    • Gerald Benoit
    • Associate Professor.
    • Phone: 617-521-2879
    • Office: P310J
    • 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
    • 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

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.

Online Courses

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 Athenaeum

Boston College

Boston Public Library

Brookline Public Library

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Community Change, Inc.

Congregational Library

Harvard Business School 

Harvard Law School

Harvard University

Holliston Public Library

Keene State College

Lesley University

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

The IS&T concentration of the Master of Science program is currently on hold. We are not accepting applications for the Spring 2018 term. The courses in this concentration are still part of the curriculum and students can take them if enrolled in the Design Your Own option of the degree.