Library and Information Studies, MLIS

Library and Information Studies, MLIS

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #90 (QS) , | Online
The MLIS program may be completed on-site at the University of Alberta. 48 credits or equivalent are required for completion. 


IT Courses

The MLIS program is a technology intensive program, which prepares students for positions of responsibility across the information professions.

Students will be required to take two "designated information technology courses," which are indicated with "(IT)" following the course title.

Advisors / Supervisors

Each student is assigned a Program Advisor who will provide advice and counselling in adapting the program to match career goals and objectives. Those students wishing to pursue the thesis option are also required to obtain a Supervisor to oversee their work. Students should also consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Graduate Program Manual and the University Calendar for additional information.

Course-Based or Thesis Route (*48-credits)

All MLIS applicants are admitted to the course-based route.  You have the option to change your selection once you are in the program. Students interested in completing the thesis-based MLIS may change their program route to the thesis route after their 1st year of study in the course-based MLIS program.


accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Foundations of Library and Information Studies
  • Organization of Information
  • Reference and Information Services (for those admitted Fall 2012 onwards)
  • Leaderships and Management Principles for Libraries and Information Services
  • Introduction to Research in Library and Information Studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Once you have applied to our program you will be asked to upload supporting documentation and also provide email addresses of your 3 referees.  Applicants will NO LONGER be mailing documents to our department.  All documents will be uploaded by you to the new online application system.  Your application will be considered complete when you submit the following:

  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • 3 Letters to Support Application
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

The Committee is looking for strong indications of professional promise and the academic capability of successfully completing a graduate program. If required, the Committee may contact applicants to request clarification of questions arising from documents submitted.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9020 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9020 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    5625 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5625 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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