Prospective Students

Immerse Yourself in Library and Information Studies with Online or On-Campus Learning 

Welcome to the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta. At SLIS our central degree offering is the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS). The MLIS is a professional, graduate degree program that is accredited by the American Library Association. The MLIS program is ideal for those wanting to work in libraries or the information studies field. 

We offer the only MLIS program on the Canadian Prairies and the only Canadian MLIS program delivered entirely online. Online students do not have to be physically present in Edmonton throughout the entire duration of their program. The on-campus MLIS can be course-based or thesis-based, and taken full-time or part-time. We have also partnered with the UAlberta Faculty of Arts and Alberta School of Business to offer combined degree programs for on-campus students. 

Interested in the Online MLIS?

The Online MLIS is a fully online, part-time, asynchronous program that is ideal for working professionals and those who wish to remain in their home city, province, or country. Our online students are located across Canada, as well as in the United States and internationally. And asynchronous course delivery means you can fit your studies around your existing schedule. There are no residency or citizenship requirements for students in the online MLIS program. This part-time degree program is designed to completed within six years, though depending on your chosen course load it can be completed sooner. 

Degree Options

  • MLIS 
  • Online MLIS
  • MA/MLIS Combined Degree Program in Digital Humanities
  • MBA/MLIS Combined Degree Program

Whether you study online or on-campus, our MLIS programs will provide you with the strong background in both the theory and practice necessary for your future career. We prepare global library and information professionals to become the leaders of tomorrow. Our graduates find careers in public libraries, colleges and universities, hospitals, law firms, museums, archives, businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Application Dates and Deadlines 

Applications open in November and the application and document deadline is February 1st with admitted students beginning their studies in September. We have one admissions intake per year.

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