School of Computing and Information

Master of Library and Information Science

The University of Pittsburgh is nationally-recognized for the quality of its graduate professional programs. Through Pitt Online, those same high quality programs are being made available to qualified individuals without regard to geography, providing you with the same foundational knowledge and practical skills as our ALA-accredited on-campus MLIS degree program.

The online Master of Library and Information Science program is a 12-course, 36-credit program that can be completed online within two years of part-time study. There are four required core courses; the remaining eight courses are tailored to your career goals.

The course of study calls for each student to take several core courses that provide the foundational knowledge upon which subsequent courses build. These core courses offer students the opportunity to gain competency in organizing, retrieving, and managing information, as well as familiarity with various technologies used in libraries and a wide range of venues such as corporations, banks, non—profits, academic institutions, and data centers. With the advice of an advisor, students can select elective courses that meet their specific academic and professional needs.


iSchool MLIS Students, 2015-16

Snapshot: 2015-16 SCI MLIS Population

SCI at Pitt seeks students with diverse educational and career backgrounds. You will be joining a community of learners who come from incredibly varied professional and educational backgrounds. Some students have worked in a library or school setting for many years; other students have no library experience whatsoever. Some students have advanced degrees while others have been working in fields as diverse as medicine, law, education, and business.

Admissions Requirements are as follows:

  • Completed School of Computing and Information Admissions Application.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) by credit card, check, or money order payable to ‘University of Pittsburgh’.
  • Submit official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Transcript evaluation for international applicants is described on the Admissions page.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from two people (e.g., professors, employers, information professionals) who are in a position to evaluate your academic performance or your potential as an information professional.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
  • Resume.
  • A statement of no more than 500 words outlining your career goals reflecting relevant experience in libraries and/or information centers; other relevant work experience; and relevant experience using information technology. Address how you will succeed as an independent learner in the MLIS Online degree program.
  • A copy of standardized test scores. List of accepted standardized tests is available on the Admissions page.
  • A copy of TOEFL scores for international students who did not attend English-speaking universities.


Rolling Admissions. However, priority consideration will be given to applications received by these deadlines.


Apply Now!

We welcome your application to SCI! You can begin your online application through the University’s Apply Yourself web portal. If you have questions during the application process, please contact Admissions and Enrollment Services.



Please visit the MLIS Curriculum for a list of program courses.


Inquiries and General Information

Feel free to contact us with questions or for application assistance at any time.

General Email:

Request for Information Web Form

School of Computing and Information
Information Sciences Building
135 North Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15260
Fax: 412-624-5231