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University of Denver Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) online

Expand your community’s access to information with an online MLIS from the Morgridge College of Education.

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About the program

  • Modern-day MLIS: Learners master 21st-century data management technologies so they can answer their community’s most pressing information questions.
  • Diverse career paths: MLIS@Denver graduates serve in a variety of library settings, digital archive roles, community management positions, and corporate settings.
  • ALA-accredited: The online MLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world.

About the Morgridge College of Education 

The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education is committed to promoting educational change and social equity. The MLIS@Denver program is an extension of this commitment, as it welcomes learners who believe in the power of information to empower communities and organizations. Learners in the online program develop practical skills to become information connectors and leaders wherever they choose to serve.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Featured courses

The online MLIS@Denver curriculum prepares you to use 21st-century data management technologies to improve and advance your community or organization. You will complete 58 quarter credit hours (19 courses) that focus on evaluation and management of information, cross-disciplinary learning, and hands-on experiences. Featured courses include:

  • Career Development: Explore the different types of jobs and careers — both traditional and nontraditional — that are available to individuals with library-related skills.
  • Privilege and Equity: Examine societal privileges and how they affect equity in information access and dissemination, and analyze race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and education as factors to such access.
  • Public Libraries: Gain an overview of public libraries in the United States. The course will cover public services and advocacy, along with the government structures that impact the work of public libraries.
  • Digital Libraries: Develop an understanding of digital library components, and explore the theoretical and practical approaches to constructing, maintaining, and evaluating digital libraries.

Admissions

The Morgridge College of Education seeks curious and driven individuals who believe in the power of information to better the world. All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission. To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation 

  • Current résumé

  • Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended 

  • Statement of professional goals

  • Diversity statement 

  • Application fee

Culminating experiences

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As a learner in the MLIS@Denver program, you must choose to culminate your course of study with either a capstone experience or a 75-hour guided internship in or near your community. 

Capstone: Learners who choose the capstone get to design and complete a project over the nine-week summer quarter to demonstrate their ability to integrate and synthesize their master’s coursework and apply their knowledge to a topic. Learners meet in class with an instructor, who monitors and guides them to ensure they complete the phases of the project in accordance with proposed timelines.

Culminating internship: Learners who choose the internship course will work in a library or information agency over a 10-week quarter, and have the opportunity to supplement and reinforce the knowledge they’ve gained in class in a practical, real-world experience. Learners in the culminating internship can pursue experiences in the fields of medicine, law and art, or in settings such as public and academic libraries. It is the learner's responsibility to select a practicum site and a field supervisor, who must be approved by Library and Information Science faculty.

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