Certificate of Advanced Study

Library and Information Science

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • ProSeminar in Information Science and Technology
  • Directed Readings in Information Science and Policy

Specialization Courses

Choose classes in your self-designated area of interest.

Supporting Courses

Take relevant classes in departments across the University.

Advanced Internship

Work toward your career goals with new experience in a library or information agency.

Major Research Seminar

Write a publishable research paper in your area of specialization.

Comprehensive Exam

To complete the program, you must demonstrate:

  • Mastery of your area of specialization.
  • Knowledge of major trends and issues in the field.
  • Familiarity with research methodologies and priorities.
Design Your Own Specialization

If you're passionate about a specific topic in library and information science, this program provides you with the opportunity to pursue it as a specialization.

Work with your advisor to identify your area of specialization and develop a program of study that supports it. 

Past examples of self-designed specializations include:

  • Information systems development
  • Information resource management for decision making
  • Reference and information services
  • School media information program administration
  • Records and archives management
  • Services for special groups
  • Indexing and abstracting
  • Government information resource management


See graduate bulletin for details.

Admissions Requirements


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: Not Available

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: Not Available

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Resume
Special Notes

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.