MS in Library and Information Science Overview Drexel University’s online accredited MSLIS program is an industry leader in digital information management and ranked top 10 among library science programs nationally. Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics was named one of "America's Best Graduate Schools" by U.S.News & World Report (2014.)The College of Computing and Informatics boasts top 10 recognition in Health Librarianship (#1,) Information Systems (#3,) Digital Librarianship (#6,) Services for Children and Youth (#9,) and School Library Media (#10.)ConcentrationsArchival StudiesCompetitive Intelligence and Knowledge ManagementDigital CurationDigital LibrariesLibrary and Information ServicesYouth ServicesProgram FeaturesFully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)An innovative curriculum with a strong technological background and a focus on teaching career skills in all the aspects of information managementTaught by the distinguished faculty of Drexel University's College of Computing and InformaticsHighly interactive curriculum designed to challenge and engage students while remaining convenient for the working professional Curriculum The library and information science program assures students of a solid introduction to the field, a logical progression of coursework, and a wide variety of electives. All students are required to complete the six core courses, totaling 18.0 credits. Completion of the MSLIS program requires a total of 45.0 credits. Students may take any available INFO subject electives to complete their required number of credits in the program.Students may declare a concentration in one of six areas: archival studies, competitive intelligence and knowledge management, digital libraries, library and information services, youth services, and digital curation. These concentrations are optional and will appear on the student's transcript. The concentrations consist of 5 courses, 3-4 required and 1-2 chosen from a limited list of courses relevant to the topic area. The remaining 12.0 credits are free electives.In exceptional cases, a student with previous coursework in an ALA-accredited program or in an information science program may petition for exemption from one to three required courses. This petition should be made at the time of application to the College and should include both a detailed statement of the reasons for seeking exemption and a copy of the official transcript, including course descriptions.Core Courses INFO 515Introduction to Research in Information Organizations3.0INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0INFO 521Information Users and Services3.0INFO 522Information Access & Resources3.0INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0Free Electives12.0Concentration Courses (see below)15.0Total Credits45.0Archival StudiesRequired Courses* INFO 560Introduction to Archives I3.0INFO 561Introduction to Archives II3.0INFO 750Archival Access Systems3.0Select two of the following courses:6.0INFO 751Archival Appraisal INFO 755Electronic Records Management INFO 756Digital Preservation Total Credits15.0Library and Information Services Required Courses INFO 552Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations3.0INFO 660Cataloging and Classification3.0INFO 665Collection Management3.0Library and Information Services Concentration electives6.0Students select one Work Setting course (and) either one Public Services course (or) one Technical Services course Work Settings INFO 650Public Library Service INFO 651Academic Library Service INFO 745Special Libraries and Information Centers Public Services INFO 649Library Programming INFO 682Storytelling INFO 740Digital Reference Services INFO 672-681 (specialized reference courses INFO 672, 673, 674, 675, 677, 680, and 681) Technical Services INFO 622Content Representation INFO 662Metadata and Resource Description INFO 663Library Technical Services INFO 664Library Automation Total Credits15.0Digital LibrariesRequired Courses† INFO 552Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations3.0INFO 653Digital Libraries3.0INFO 657Digital Library Technologies3.0Select two of the following courses:6.0INFO 605Introduction to Database Management INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction INFO 622Content Representation * or INFO 662 Metadata and Resource DescriptionINFO 624Information Retrieval Systems INFO 633Information Visualization INFO 658Information Architecture INFO 740Digital Reference Services INFO 756Digital Preservation Total Credits15.0 *Students may receive credit toward the Digital Libraries concentration by taking either INFO 622 or INFO 662, but both cannot be taken to fulfill the requirements. Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge ManagementRequired Courses‡ INFO 643Information Services In Organizations3.0INFO 644Knowledge Assets Management in Organizations3.0INFO 678Competitive Intelligence3.0CI & KM Concentration Electives Select two of the following courses:6.0INFO 605Introduction to Database Management INFO 677Resources in Business INFO 680US Government Information INFO 681Legal Research INFO 755Electronic Records Management Total Credits15.0 Youth ServicesRequired Courses INFO 649Library Programming3.0INFO 650Public Library Service3.0INFO 683Resources for Children3.0INFO 684Resources for Young Adults3.0Select one of the following courses:3.0INFO 552Introduction to Web Design for Information Organizations INFO 665Collection Management INFO 682Storytelling INFO 688Instructional Role for the Information Specialist Total Credits15.0Digital CurationCore Required Courses INFO 560Introduction to Archives I3.0INFO 753Introduction to Digital Curation3.0INFO 756Digital Preservation3.0Select one from the following (Technology courses):3.0INFO 605Introduction to Database Management INFO 633Information Visualization INFO 653Digital Libraries INFO 658Information Architecture INFO 755Electronic Records Management Select one from the following (Content add-value courses):3.0INFO 555Introduction to Geographic Information Systems INFO 622Content Representation INFO 661Cataloging Special Materials INFO 662Metadata and Resource Description Free Electives (12 Credits)12.0Students can elect to take courses listed above that have not been taken as Concentration Elective courses as well as courses listed in the following: INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction INFO 621Social Media Resource Design for Information Professionals INFO 624Information Retrieval Systems INFO 634Data Mining INFO 644Knowledge Assets Management in Organizations INFO 657Digital Library Technologies INFO 679Information Ethics INFO 725Information Policy INFO 740Digital Reference Services Total Credits27.0View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institutionA GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or aboveRequired DocumentsA completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedScores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE We offer a preliminary GRE waiver for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher for a conferred undergraduate or graduate degree. This is a departmental decision. The GRE waiver does not need to be requested.Scores in the 50th percentile or above in all three sections are soughtScores must be less than 5 years oldOne letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)Essay/Statement of Purpose In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.ResumeAdditional requirements for International StudentsHow to Submit Supporting Documents Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $1157 per credit. This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military. Credit For Previous Experience Up to 3 courses (9 credits) can be transferred into a degree program or awarded as Credit for Work Experience. Students must complete 12 classes (36 credits) with Drexel in order to earn a Master's degree. Transfer Credits Previously attended courses must meet the following guidelines to be eligible for transfer: Course completion date must not be more than 5 years ago Grade must be "B" or better Courses must be from an accredited graduate degree program A 3-credit course taken at an institution following a semester schedule will be transferred in as a 3 credit course at Drexel University, regardless of the difference between the length of semesters or terms. Only credits will transfer, not quality points. Transfer credit can be reviewed for during the application process or once you have already been accepted. To get started, please fill out our Transfer Credit Form and submit the required materials. Work Experience In order to receive Credit for Work Experience, you must have the equivalent of at least two years of full-time, relevant, professional-level work experience related to the degree pursued. Full time work experience is defined at 35-40 hours a week Part-time work experience is defined as less than 35 hours a week Relevant work is work that is in line with your future academic and professional path. A professional-level position is one in which you are hired with the expectation to complete high quality work that is analytical, evaluative, conceptual, and interpretive. This could include creation and fulfillment of projects, maintenance and improvement of services, administrative duties, supervision of staff, and other intricate tasks often completed independently. One course = approximately 2-4 years full-time work Two courses = approximately 4-6 years full-time work Three courses = approximately 6+ years full-time work To get started, please fill out our Credit for Work Experience form and submit the required materials. Students who are approved to receive credit for prior experience cannot receive a tuition discount for joining a professional organization that will, in sum, discount their total tuition more than 20%. Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2015 September 21, 2015 December 5, 2015 December 7, 2015 December 12, 2015 Winter 2016 January 4, 2016 March 14, 2016 March 15, 2016 March 19, 2016 Spring 2016 March 28, 2016 June 6, 2016 June 7, 2016 June 10, 2016 Summer 2016 June 20, 2016 August 29, 2016 August 30, 2016 September 3, 2016 Apply today for a MS in Library and Information Science Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? 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