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Master of Library and Information Science
( Valdosta State University )

Institutional and Program Accreditation

Program accreditation: The Master of Library and Information Science Program at Valdosta State University has been accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association.

Valdosta State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

General Information

Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC): SOCMAR, SOCNAV   [ more information ]
Program / Degree Level: Graduate, Master's
Subject Area: Library Science
Program Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/mlis/
Enrollment Capacity: 100

Full Description

The mission of the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program is to provide a quality publicly supported education for generalists and specialists in the library and information science fields. Its primary focus is to educate librarians for academic, public, and special libraries in Georgia. The goal of Valdosta State University's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is to prepare professionals who will exercise leadership in planning, promoting, implementing, and administering the preservation, organization, dissemination, and effective use of society's recorded information. Recipients of the MLIS degree will acquire a broad range of skills and knowledge in organizing and retrieving information, information management, information services, information resources, and information systems. 

The VSU MLIS is now the only ALA-accredited program in Georgia. A program overview is provided at http://www.valdosta.edu/mlis/

Delivery Format

The program is delivered primarily through Internet  

Campus Attendance Requirements

No campus visits.  All coursework and assignments conducted online.

Application Information

Term Application Deadline
Fall Mar  15 
Spring Oct  15 
Summer NA    

Financial Aid: For information about cost and financial aid deadlines, please see the Cost & Financial Aid information for the program.

Special Requirements

The MLIS Program accepts applications for admission in Fall and Spring semesters. All applications are made through the VSU Graduate School.

The deadline for Fall admissions is March 15.
The deadline for Spring admissions is October 15.

The MLIS Program requires its students to develop and maintain a portfolio. The portfolio requirement has been incorporated as an integral part of the Foundations and Capstone courses.  

Technical Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals; Headphones, printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access

Master of Library and Information Science
( Valdosta State University )

Program Cost Information **

Online Tuition Rate$ 1,208.00 USD (Average per course cost, Not including fees)

** Actual tuition costs may vary, based on the program, student level and student major. Please be sure to contact the college or university for your specific tuition and fee amounts.

Other cost considerations:
    Costs are subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Deadlines
Fall Jun 15 
Spring Nov 01 
Financial Aid Available: Grants, Loans, Scholarships,  
Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/admissions/financial-aid/
Email: finaid@valdosta.edu
Telephone: 229-333-5935

Financial Aid Notes

A financial aid application and financial statement may be submitted at any time after the applicant has applied for admission. Financial aid applications are accepted as long as resources permit, and priority is given to those submitted by May 1. Applicants may be eligible for aid from an extensive list of grants, federal programs, loans, work, or scholarships. For information on Financial Aid Policies and the Application Process, see http://www.valdosta.edu/admissions/financial-aid/

Special Financial Aid Opportunities

Applicants may be eligible for aid from an extensive list of grants, federal programs, loans, work, or scholarships.

For information on Costs and Financial Assistance specific to the MLIS program, please see http://www.valdosta.edu/mlis/scholarships.shtml

Master of Library and Information Science
( Valdosta State University )

Credit Hours

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree/Certificate: 39 (semester hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 6

Credit Transfer Policy

The maximum number of hours that VSU can accept in transfer credit is 9 semester hours after departmental and Dean of the Graduate School approval from a completed graduate degree. Six hours can be accepted from graduate hours earned without a graduate degree after departmental and Dean of the Graduate School approval from a completed graduate degree. All hours accepted as transfer credit must be reviewed and approved by your adviser.

Master of Library and Information Science
( Valdosta State University )

Admissions

For general admissions requirements please refer to the graduate school website: http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/graduate-school/graduate-admissions/

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Admissions Contact

Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/graduate-school/
Email: gradschool@valdosta.edu
Telephone: 229-333-5694

Application Requirements

For specific application requirements please refer to: http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/graduate-school/our-programs/library-and-information-science.php

Application Deadlines

Fall Mar  15 
Spring Oct  15 
Summer NA    

Pre-Enrollment Advising

Name:  Wallace Koehler, Ph.D.
Email:  wkoehler@valdosta.edu
Telephone:  229-333-5966

Master of Library and Information Science
( Valdosta State University )

Projected Course Offerings

For projected course offerings, please refer to: http://ww2.valdosta.edu/mlis/courses.shtml

Additional Schedule Information

The VSU MLIS Program is an asynchronous online program. An on-campus orientation meeting is strongly recommended for all incoming students.

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