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The Library Science Degree
for the Information Age

The Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) online is designed to create library leaders for the 21st century. This one-of-a-kind advanced degree offering is:

  • Empowering
    Go beyond the traditional scope of a library science degree to learn management strategies that can help you define your role as a leader.
  • Relevant
    Be a part of a field that is constantly evolving along with modern technology and offers a variety of career choices.
  • Unique
    Experience the advantages of the nation’s only library science degree program to be offered through a leading school of business.
  • Focused
    Choose the general studies track or select one of three distinct specializations to tailor your educational experience to your own aspirations.

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Rankings & Accreditations

American Library Association

Accreditation by the American Library Association (ALA) is anticipated and in process for USC’s online library and information science program. Read More


The University of Southern California (USC) is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Read More


The Marshall School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Read More

U.S. News

U.S. News & World Report ranks USC #23 in its 2014 national university rankings. Read More

More Choices in
an Evolving Field

The Master of Management in Library and Information Science online can expand your professional horizons, paving the way for you to choose from a variety of exciting work environments. Work alongside Impressionist paintings in an art museum or manage a collection of rare 17th century books. Mentor students and teach them to make the most of digital learning technologies. Prepare yourself for the lasting and fulfilling career that’s right for you with a library science degree from the University of Southern California.

The New Age of Librarianship:
Fact vs. Fiction

Fiction: Libraries are silent, impersonal places where conversation is discouraged.
FACT: Today’s libraries and information centers are lively, interactive meeting places where staff members communicate one-on-one with customers to improve their research experience.

Fiction: The job of a librarian ends when they help a customer find a resource.
FACT: Modern librarians are trained professionals who act as agents of the educational process, offering customers their guidance and wisdom.

Fiction: Working at libraries and information centers means constantly working with books, hard copy, digital or e-content and databases.
FACT: Today’s information centers house an incredible wealth of different media, including music, film and maps.

Fiction: A library science degree can only prepare you to be a librarian in a library.
FACT: On the contrary, the MMLIS program from the University of Southern California is designed to expand your career prospects. MMLIS degree holders may choose to pursue careers in a variety of government agencies or private business settings.


  • The Marshall Edge
  • The USC Libraries
  • The Superior Flexibility
  • The Focus Factor

The Marshall Edge

As the nation’s only library and information science degree program to be housed within a top-ranked business school,

the USC MMLIS is unlike any other library science program. USC Marshall School of Business is widely regarded as a leader in innovation and cross-cultural academia, making it the perfect choice for our transcendent program. Unlike other library science degrees, the Master of Management in Library and Information Science provides training in leadership, business and management to help mold the leaders of tomorrow’s information culture – not just in libraries, but in museums, businesses, government agencies, medical centers and a vast array of other professional settings.

The USC Libraries

If you’re going to pursue an advanced library science degree, shouldn’t you do it through an academic institution that stands at the forefront of library science?

The University of Southern California is home to an expansive network of 24 libraries and information centers. Within the network are libraries of medicine, philosophy and the cinematic arts as well as our digital library. The Master of Management in Library and Information Science online taps into these resources to give your education a topical depth that’s uncommon in many of today’s library science programs.

The Superior Flexibility

The Master of Management in Library and Information Science online was designed to provide students with added scheduling flexibility without sacrificing education quality.

The online learning environment offered by the University of Southern California lets you build a course work schedule that fits your busy lifestyle, allowing you to give your other responsibilities the attention they deserve.

The Focus Factor

A library science degree from the University of Southern California can put you in the driver’s seat of your professional life, allowing you to define your career focus by choosing the general studies track or one of three specializations: Academic Librarianship, Digital Librarianship, and Urban Public Librarianship. Each track presents a different set of challenges to prepare you for a different career setting.

The Focus Factor

  • Academic Librarianship – The modern academic librarian helps students or customers find the resources they need and then helps them understand what they find. Contemporary academic librarianship comes with an inherent educational component, in many ways making the academic librarian a teacher, too.

The Focus Factor

  • Digital Librarianship – Information culture is trending heavily toward digital media and databases, creating a demand for information professionals with specialized training. Those who choose the Digital Librarianship specialization likely have an eye toward the future and a thirst for technology.

The Focus Factor

  • Urban Public Librarianship – Equal parts mentor, community servant and librarian, the individual who chooses the Urban Public Librarian specialty will have a strong interest in promoting the greater good that public libraries provide in the community. This specialization will help prepare students to meet the unique challenges that public libraries face, including budgetary constraints and social development issues.

Your local public library has probably become a
different place in recent years.

If it hasn’t yet, change is coming soon – and to museums, businesses and government offices as well. Information centers are no longer cold, quiet data rooms marked by impersonality. Today, they have come alive as vibrant learning hubs, creating a demand for industry professionals who are ready to lead their organizations into a new era of librarianship. Modern librarians are engaging and instructive, with a strong grasp on new media and digital technology. They are tutors, teachers, mentors and coaches. They are businessmen and women. They are managers of resources, including individuals. Today’s library science professionals have an unprecedented range of choice in defining their career


If you think all library science degrees lead
to the same place, think again.

Here are ten unique and exciting career choices for an individual with a Master of Management in Library and Information Science to consider:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian
    Perfect for individuals with an interest in geography or cartography, this position entails the acquisition and maintenance of map collections, GIS databases and other geospatial resources.
  • Metadata Analyst
    Metadata analysts can be found in a variety of settings, including banks, technical companies and, of course, academic institutions. They are exceedingly comfortable in the digital environment, where they play an essential role in database management operations, focusing primarily on tagging and cataloging.
  • Wine Librarian
    Oenophiles with a love for literature, rejoice! The wine librarian is responsible for managing resources and information on vineyards, vintages, grape growing, fermentation and all other topics that wine enthusiasts may find interesting.

  • Business Researcher
    Before a business opens its doors, it must effectively gauge the marketplace for consumer demand and marketing opportunities and examine the strategic profiles of the competition. Business researchers provide such a service, collecting, processing and organizing relevant market data to allow businesses to make smart decisions.
  • Special Collections Librarian
    As their job title suggests, these individuals focus on the unique task of working with special collections. Special collections librarians often work closely with rare books, but may also find themselves in the company of historical maps, recordings or photographs, making this an incredibly appealing career choice for those with an interest in history.
  • Technology Coordinator
    While the professional duties of technology coordinators may vary from one industry to another, the constant is a responsibility to ensure network and technical functionality. Additionally, they often find themselves in the role of educator, providing system training and making those around them as comfortable with emergent technologies as possible. Technology coordinators may find themselves employed at schools, tech firms, healthcare organizations and just about any other information-intensive arena you can imagine.
  • Museum Librarian
    Museum librarians are often involved in the development and archiving of artifact collections, works of art or other unique items. This particular field is a world unto itself, allowing professionals endless leeway for specialization. An art lover may wish to work at an art museum, while a history buff will choose to work in a history museum. Museum librarianship presents engaging career opportunities for people of all interests.

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
    The chief information officer is generally an organization’s greatest authority when it comes to all technology matters. They may work in academia, private business or various government agencies. A strong technological background is of the utmost importance for any CIO, as is an understanding of contemporary leadership and management strategies.
  • Law Librarian
    Law librarians manage complex legal databases and assist legal professionals in their research, often playing an important part in the legal process. Although a law degree isn’t necessarily required, law librarians are often well versed in the field, and may even participate in training sessions to teach attorneys or law students how to conduct their research more efficiently.
  • Medical Librarian
    Medical librarians play a significant role in the health care process, managing important information that can be found in medical journals and the documentation of clinical trials. Some are employed by hospitals while others choose to work at medical schools, serving as facilitators of the educational process for tomorrow’s doctors.


Q: Are the GRE or GMAT required for admission?
A: No, however you will be required to show related work experience.

Q: What is the cost of tuition?
A: Click here for a breakdown of tuition and fees. Feel free to contact your Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-830-8647 with any further questions.

Q: Is there financial aid available to help me pay for my education?
A: Click here to find important information about financial aid options and eligibility.

Q: How long will it take me to earn my degree?
A: Students can complete the MMLIS program over five 15-week semesters, or approximately 20 months.

Q: Can I specialize the focus of my MMLIS education?
A: Yes. You may choose to specialize in Academic Librarianship, Digital Librarianship or Urban Public Librarianship, or you may opt for the broader general concentration.

Q: Why is the MMLIS degree offered through the USC Marshall School of Business?
A: Affiliation with the Marshall School of Business presents a unique opportunity to study leadership, business and management techniques as they relate to library and information science. The goal is to go beyond the scope of a typical library science degree and provide MMLIS students with the advanced background to become leaders in their field.

Q: Will my diploma indicate that I earned my degree online?
A: No. Upon completion of the program you will receive a Master of Management in Library and Information Science from USC. There will be no indication on the diploma of whether you earned it online or on campus

Q: What accreditation does the University of Southern California have?
A: USC is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is anticipated that the Master of Management in Library and Information Science will be fully accredited by the American Library Association.

Q: Does USC encourage applications from international students?
A: Absolutely. The University of Southern California enrolls more international students than any university in the Unites States and takes great pride in the cultural diversity of its student body.

Q: I have questions that weren’t answered in these FAQs. Whom can I contact for further assistance?
A: You should feel free to contact your enrollment adviser at 1-877-830-8647 with any questions you may have about application or enrollment.

Define Your Role
in the Information Age

The Master of Management in Library and Information Science online is a unique library science program designed to deliver the ultimate academic experience in library leadership. It’s time to prepare yourself for the new era of librarianship. To speak with an Enrollment Advisor, complete the form to the right.


Complete this form to download a free program brochure.

Step 1
  1. What specialization interests you?


Complete this form to download a free program brochure.

Step 2
  1. What is your highest level of education?


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  1. Please complete the form to download your free program brochure. (all fields required)

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