The GSLIS core curriculum serves two purposes: providing foundational aspects to the discipline of library and information science and preparing students for success in the degree program. Students have up to six years to complete the program, and can take courses either on a part- or full-time basis. Please see the Maximum Credit Load policy to see how many courses can be taken in a given semester. New students are strongly encouraged not to take more than three courses during their first semester if in fall or spring (or two courses in summer). Each student will progress through the program differently, depending on area of specialization and on how many courses are planned per semester.

NOTE: A student in the master of science degree program must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B). A student who fails to meet this requirement will ordinarily not be considered for exclusion from the School until he/she has completed at least 12 semester hours. It is understood, however, that the student's connection with the College may be terminated whenever, in the judgment of the faculty, he/she fails to show sufficient scholarship.

Students Beginning the Program Prior to Fall 2013

36 Credits total for students in the master of science program; dual degree students should see their specific program page for details. No sequencing is required for generalist students, although some advisors do recommend otherwise; students in the Archives Management and SLTP programs should be aware of pre-requisites in required courses while planning out a schedule.

Five (5) Core Courses

Seven (7) Additional Courses

Students will choose the seven additional courses for their degree depending on academic program (generalist, Archives concentration, or School Library Teacher program). Please see the Program pages for details on specific program requirements.     

Students Beginning the Program in Fall 2013 and Thereafter

Over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year, a faculty committee determined that three courses would be required of all students, regardless of program, and that two additional requirements would be chosen from a menu of options. These courses provide the framework of knowledge and understanding that is unique to the profession and upon which all other services and areas are based, and, therefore, will provide students with a common experience upon which to advance in the field. This change goes into effect for students entering in Fall 2013 and thereafter.

36 Credits total.

Five (5) Core Courses

Please see the New Students Courses & Registration page for more information.

Seven (7) Additional Courses

As part of LIS 401, and prior to registration for the second semester, students will develop a program of academic planning, which will be recorded on their advising statement and used for subsequent semesters when selecting their courses for registration. Students will choose seven additional courses for their degree depending on academic program (generalist, Archives concentration, or School Library Teacher program). Please see the Program pages for details on specific program requirements.