What are the MLIS online degree options?

SLIS offers two Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) online options, both custom designed for busy and disciplined students entering the information studies professions. The MLIS program requires the completion of 36-semester hours, and students who study online complete these courses via web-based technology that creates a virtual-learning campus. Online classes meet synchronously at a specific time each week (6:00-8:45 p.m. Central Time).

Students who study online are required to successfully complete an orientation session before beginning coursework.  For national (100% online) cohort members the orientation is held at the Tuscaloosa campus before the start of classes in the fall term; for regional (75% online) cohort members, the orientation session is held at the UA Gadsden Center in January.  Online students usually enroll in two online courses each semester and complete the MLIS program in as few as six semesters. The American Library Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredit the MLIS program at UA.

The fully online cohort begins in the fall term; the regional cohort (75% online, 25% weekend classes at the Gadsden Center) begins in the spring term.


How do online students attend class?

The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) online options are custom designed for busy and disciplined students entering the information studies professions. This rigorous program requires the completion of 36-semester hours.  Online course delivery is via web-based technology that creates a virtual-learning campus. For students in both the national and regional cohorts, online courses meet at scheduled times and are delivered via the web in “real-time” modes; students will actively engage with each other through various forms of technology and are expected to attend regularly scheduled online sessions.

The virtual classroom supports the following features:

Audio

  • Students will attend live, real-time lectures, ask questions, chat with classmates, and have discussions with instructors.

Application sharing and content display

  • Students may view and display presentations, and collaborate on projects and presentations with instructors and fellow students.

Students who study online are required to complete an orientation before beginning coursework.  For national (fall) cohort members, who complete 100% of their studies online, orientation is at UA’s Tuscaloosa campus, and for regional (spring) cohort members, who complete 75% of their studies online and 25% in weekend college at UA’s Gadsden Center, orientation is in Gadsden. Online students usually enroll in two courses each semester and complete the MLIS program in as few as six semesters. The American Library Association and the Southern Association of Colleges accredit the program.


What technology is required?

Students enrolled either MLIS online option must meet the following hardware and software requirements:

Technology Requirements

  • A personal computer
  • E-mail access
  • Hard-wired, high-speed broadband internet access (wireless & satellite will not comply)
  • An up-to-date operating system (Microsoft Windows XP® or higher, or Mac OSX or higher)
  • Firefox® or Microsoft Internet Explorer® or Safari® or the latest Google Chrome® as your browser
  • A headset with attached microphone
  • A quiet place to “attend” class (virtually) without interruption