Master of Library Science

Prepare for a career as a librarian or information professional

As a student in the Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree program at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, you will train to enter a profession that proudly conserves, transmits, and gives access to true information for the purpose of preserving and advancing our world’s cultural, social, and scientific knowledge.

The history of record keeping and information institutions goes back thousands of years. Without reliable documents and data—and the professionals trained to maintain them—civilizations cannot flourish.

Backed by a strong digital focus, Luddy’s master’s degree in library science prepares you to work skillfully and confidently in a quickly evolving information landscape.

Master of Library Science Outcomes (Class of 2022)

92%of M.L.S. grads found jobs or continued their education within 12 months of graduating (90% knowledge rate)

$50,502Average full-time starting salary

700+companies recruit at Luddy, including Indiana University, Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA), Manhattan School of Music, Monroe County History Center, The Grolier Club

Research opportunities for master’s students

The Department of Information and Library Science (ILS) is home to many faculty and student-led research projects that explore real-world problems relating to documentation, information science, social informatics, and data science.

Contributing to research projects during your Master of Library Science program is a fantastic way to connect with peers and faculty and gain experience that advances your career possibilities.

Learn more about the ILS research initiatives and how to get involved.

Get guidance and support from your faculty advisor

In addition to working closely with experienced Master of Library Science faculty through your coursework and research, you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor as soon as you’re admitted into the program.

Your advisor will help you build your course schedule each semester to ensure that your courses match your evolving academic and professional interests.

Ways to fund your M.L.S. tuition

There are many financial aid opportunities available for students in the Master of Library Science program. When you apply, you’ll be considered for merit-based scholarships by the ILS department. We’ll also help you navigate fellowships, grants, diversity aid, and assistance from sources outside of the school.

Learn about how to fund your library science degree.

Complement your M.L.S. with an Information Science degree

In today’s world, a working knowledge of data management and information systems is a massive support to the skills you learn in the master’s degree in library science.

Luddy offers the option to add a Master of Information Science (M.I.S.) to your M.L.S. at any point during the degree program. Developing a wide range of skills and experience utilizing emerging technologies makes your background even more compelling to future employers.

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