At a Glance

Program units

36

Average completion time

1½ years

Cost per unit

$637

Base cost

$22,932*

Accreditation

WSCUC (formerly WASC)

Location

*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change.

Online MLIS Degree

In a world of rapidly changing information and digital media, librarians are positioned as difference makers helping library users become wise consumers of information. Azusa Pacific’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is designed to equip students for innovative, visionary leadership in a fast-moving and dynamic information society. The MLIS program is fully online, giving students flexibility to incorporate the program into their daily lives.

The master’s in library and information science degree program prepares students for careers in a field that is changing each day as information access technologies evolve and improve. While many MLIS students go into careers in academic, public, and school libraries, there is increased demand in the corporate world and the government for information specialists who can research, organize, and access knowledge and resources.

Founded on a Christian perspective of service to all of God’s people, the MLIS program prepares students to be librarians who address the needs of diverse library users, from students and teachers to researchers and executives, from refugees and immigrants to children and the elderly, from speakers of other languages to the homeless and those who live on the margins of society. Librarianship is more than a career and a profession, it is a vocation dedicated to service in a multicultural nation and world.

Program Highlights

  • Students benefit from the flexibility of a fully online program, while enjoying a supportive, integrated online learning community as they progress through their degree.
  • Caring faculty-mentors bring to the program different areas of expertise, including collection development of print and digital materials, cataloging and organization, reference and user services, scholarly communication, and digital technologies.
  • During fieldwork, students have the opportunity to link theory and practice in their area of specialization, creating an ePortfolio that showcases librarianship projects and can be instrumental in their job search upon graduation.
  • Students have the opportunity to be involved in designing their own course of study by selecting special topics of interest to them and relevant to their area of specialization in library science. Special topics include preserving digital culture, metaliteracy, international librarianship, and more.
  • As the only Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) institution offering an MLIS degree, APU provides a program based on a Christian commitment to service, diversity, and social justice.

Library and Information Science Careers

  • Academic librarian
  • Public librarian
  • Archivist
  • Museum librarian
  • Digital curator
  • Electronic resources specialist
  • Children’s librarian
  • Family literacy coordinator
  • Information analyst
  • Digital assets manager
  • Information access and retrieval specialist