MLIS Degree Requirements
Students seeking the MLIS (both on-campus and MLIS: Pitt Online) must complete the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 36 credits of graduate-level course work
- Complete core courses of the pathway in which the student is enrolled with a grade of “B” or better in each
- Maintain a B (3.00) average for the required 36 credits of graduate-level course work
Requirements for the MLIS degree must be completed within a period of four calendar years from the student’s initial registration.
The pathways below have been developed in response to needs expressed by the profession. In addition to the core knowledge of librarianship, you’ll gain specific skill sets pertinent to your career goals.
Archives and Information Science Pathway
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Records are created and maintained for purposes of evidence and accountability as well as for personal, social and corporate memory. Archives serve a crucial cultural function, providing society with a sense of identity and memory. Records Management programs help organizations to be compliant with regulatory agencies, responsible to constituent groups, and effective and efficient in the use of informational resources. Graduates of the Archives and Information Science Pathway will have the skills and knowledge to work as archivist, special collections librarians, records managers, corporate archivist, digital asset coordinators, and more.
Data Stewardship Pathway
The Data Stewardship Pathway will provide an introduction to data curation, digital preservation and data science, and will frame these topics within the broader context of data informatics, digital scholarship, research integrity, disciplinary diversity and cultural change. In addition to setting the scene from a policy perspective, the Pathway will provide the practical skills needed to carry out effective research data management and preservation, and will situate these practices in the wider landscape of open science and open scholarship. This Pathway will equip graduate students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to work in a range of data stewardship roles located in libraries, archives, data centers, government, industry and business.
Library and Information Services Pathway
While information professionals traditionally have worked in cultural heritage institutions such as the library, today their skills are needed in all sectors of the economy. Now, more than ever, the world needs highly qualified specialists in libraries and information services. The Library and Information Sciences Pathway will prepare students for leadership roles in the identification, organization, preservation and effective use of information and cultural artifacts. Graduates of this pathway will be prepared for careers as web content managers, digital asset coordinators, librarians, information architects, and more.