Program Details

Program Details

Cost of Attendance


  • 2017-2018 Academic Year per Credit Hour: $1,800

Tuition per Term:

  • 2017-2018 Academic Year: $14,400


Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students. Please contact you Enrollment Advisor for details.


  • Application Fee: $155, non-refundable fee.
  • Books/Supplies: Students accepted into the MMLIS program will have the cost of their books covered (a value of approximately $750-1500 per semester).
  • Commitment Deposit: $250 (non-refundable, but applicable to tuition)
  • Norman Topping Student Aid Fund: $8 per semester.

For additional information about tuition and fees, click here.


Financial Aid

The ability to pay for your education is always an important consideration. Many organizations offer tuition assistance to employees and, in some cases, cover 100 percent of tuition costs. Programs and policies vary among employers. Consult your human resources office to learn more about tuition assistance at your organization.

Many options are available to fund your graduate education. The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal and private programs to assist you.

For more information on applying for financial aid, please visit USC Financial Aid.


All students accepted to the MMLIS program will receive a free iPad mini.


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following qualifications.

  • Online Application
  • $155 Application Fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
  • Standardized examinations -
    GRE or GMAT score not required; however you must show related work experience

Program Curriculum

To succeed in today’s world of library and information science, individuals should have a strong understanding of how the field has evolved and a leadership philosophy that reflects those changes.

A unique relationship with the Marshall School of Business helps the Master of Management in Library and Information Science online to transcend the average library science degree. This innovative degree program offers management-based course work designed to help forge the field’s next generation of librarian leaders. The MMLIS consists of five 15-week semesters and may be completed in 20 months.

Semester I
LIM 500: Fundamentals of Library and Information Science (3)
LIM 501: Fundamentals of Library Leadership and Management (3)
LIM 591A: Research and Professional Applications (2)

Semester II
LIM 502: Collection Development and Management (3)
GSBA 502: Management Communication for Leaders (3)
LIM 591B: Focus: Project Management (2)

Semester III
LIM 503: Organization, Access and Retrieval of Information (3)
LIM 504: Research Methods in Library and Information Management (3)
LIM 591C: Focus: Business Essentials (2)

Semester IV
LIM 562: Library and Information Technologies (3)
LIM 536: Education and Training (3)
LIM 591D: Focus: Independent Study (2)

Semester V
LIM 527: Collaboration and Partnerships (3)
LIM 591E: Focus: Internship (or may repeat 591D) (2)
LIM 598: Capstone in Library and Information Management (3)

*Curriculum is subject to change

Faculty Information

As a student in the Master of Management in Library and Information Science online program, you have access to the support of an exceptional team of educators. The acclaimed faculty of the Marshall School of Business is an immensely valuable resource, engaging you in thought-provoking discussion and providing wisdom and mentorship throughout the program.

Ken Haycock, Ed.D
Ken HaycockKen Haycock is a research professor and director of graduate programs in Library and Information Management. He holds an Ed.D. (Brigham Young), an MBA (Royal Roads), an AMLS (Michigan) and an M.Ed. (Ottawa).

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Dr. Haycock is a leading specialist in Library and Information Science (LIS) education, and has been so recognized by the Association for Library and Information Science and Beta Phi Mu, the honor society. A prolific writer and speaker, Dr. Haycock has been honored by many national and international professional and scholarly associations. He was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for contributions to society and an honorary Doctor of Letters from Capilano University.

His research interests focus on leadership development, advocacy and influence, effective governance and role clarification.

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Nancy Hunt-Coffey, M.L.I.S.
Nancy HuntNancy Hunt-Coffey is the Assistant Director of Community Services for the City of Beverly Hills where she directs recreation services and the award winning Beverly Hills Public Library. She has completed all of the coursework for her Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA.

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Nancy previously worked for the City of Glendale where she worked her way up to the Director of Libraries. She also was the e-government manager for the City of Glendale where she oversaw enterprise software systems deployment and web development.

Nancy is a recent graduate of the Berkeley Executive Seminar and the National Urban Fellows’ America’s Leaders of Change program. Her research deals with the concept of joint relevance, studying the way in which relevance judgments are formed and communicated from one group or individual to another.

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Marion Philadelphia, Ed.D.
Marion PhiladelphiaDr. Marion Philadelphia is Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication at the Marshall School of Business, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Prior to teaching she spent much of her professional career in public relations, journalism, and marketing for the entertainment industry.

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A native of Germany, bilingual and bicultural, she is particularly interested in global communication and has expertise in addressing the needs of international, transfer and minority students. She holds an M.A. from the University of Hamburg and recently earned her Ed.D. from USC’s Rossier School of Education with a particular focus on professional development for faculty via online platforms.Her full curriculum vitae can be found at:
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Mathew Curtis, Ph.D.
Matthew CurtisMathew Curtis received his Ph.D. in social psychology from USC. He teaches a wide range of courses at the graduate level from research methods to persuasion and influence and has been the recipient of both teaching and mentoring awards at USC.

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Mathew’s primary research examines emotion and the role of comparison; how individuals and groups compare themselves to others in order to understand their role in work and social settings as well the behavioral and emotional responses to these comparisons. Mathew has also completed extensive research in relation to linguistics; most recently examining the effects of language contained in jury instructions on the jury’s deliberation and outcomes.Before teaching at USC, Mathew worked as a business consultant in England, examining the consumer decision process and how to successfully market products. Mathew also has background in teaching statistics and has served as a statistical consultant for researchers and business entrepreneurs.
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Helga Haraldsson
Helga HaraldssonUSC – Marshall School of Business. Crocker Library, Business Librarian (2 years) Xerox – Research Consultant – (2 years) Provide virtual research and analytic services to sales teams and executives worldwide, including prospecting lists, company profiles and in depth industry and topical research McKinsey & Co., Senior Research Analyst (20+ years) Aerospace, High Tech & Industrial Technology Performed research and competitive analysis on industries, institutions, companies, products and individuals.

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Worked virtually with global consulting teams delivering synthesized end products. Managed Practice infrastructure, improving access to internal knowledge and expertise of consultants. Worked with senior leadership to identify and sanitize internal knowledge (lessons learned, tools and frameworks). Built Practice resource collection and established relationships with external experts (e.g. industry experts and analysts). Education: Masters of Business Administration (MBA) California State University, Northridge, CA Masters of Library Science (MLS) School of Library and Information Management University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies (BA) California State University, Northridge, CA
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Martin Gomez
Martin GomezMartín J. Gómez is Vice Dean of Libraries at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, one of California’s largest and oldest private universities. As Vice Dean he is responsible for leading and directing client services, collections and operations for USC’s 23 campus libraries.

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Prior to his appointment at USC, Martín served as General Manager and City Librarian for the City of Los Angeles. Previous positions include service as President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, Executive Director of the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, Chief Executive at the Brooklyn Public Library and Library Director in Oakland, California.Throughout his career, Martín has championed expanded access to library resources in urban communities. Martín, is well known for being politically-savvy and his leadership skills. He points to his success in helping to create the African American Museum and Library at Oakland; spearheading a digital revolution at the Brooklyn Public Library; and galvanizing voter support in Los Angeles for the passage of Measure L, a city charter amendment that provides a guaranteed revenue set-aside from the city’s general fund specifically for the Los Angeles Public Library.In 2012, Gómez completed a ten-year term as a board member at Sesame Workshop – the non-profit parent company of Emmy award winning Sesame Street – and Poets House, both located in New York City.Gómez holds a BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona where he received the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award.Close X


Katharin Peter
Katharin PeterKatharin Peter is the Social Sciences Data Librarian for the Von KleinSmid Center Library for International and Public Affairs at the University of Southern California (since 2007). She also serves as the Program Advisor to the USC Libraries Fellowship Program (2013-2015).

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Prior to USC, Katharin spent 7 years as a research analyst and consultant, conducting research and analysis for the National Center for Education Statistics and other government agencies. She has a BA in Sociology, an MS in Library & Information Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science & Technology. She has taught classes in research methods and data librarianship for the San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science.
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Lynn Boyden
Lynn BoydenLynn Boyden earned the MLIS degree from UCLA in 1997; since 2000 she has worked as an information architect and user experience designer in a variety of enterprise, academic, consulting and agency settings.

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She is published widely and presents regularly at the IA Summit and other professional meetings, and has taught in the MLIS program at UCLA since 1999. She currently works at USC as an information architect in the Web Services team within ITS. This is her first course with the USC MMLIS program.
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Chimene Tucker
Chimene TuckerChimene Tucker received her Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from San José State University. She is the librarian for the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (LGBT) and supports the research needs of the students and faculty.

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In addition, to conducts research workshops Chimene conducts advance research and presentation workshops on campus as well as online. Her areas of research include: critical thinking, multimedia scholarship, new technologies, group dynamics and interpersonal communication. Prior to working USC, Chimene worked at the University of California-Santa Barbara where she was the World History, LGBT Studies and Film and Media Studies Librarian and taught a credit bearing library research course.
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Rebecca Halpern
Rebecca HalpernI am the librarian for the School of Social Work online program at the University of Southern California. My primary responsibilities are embedding information literacy into the fabric of the MSW curriculum and providing instruction for faculty and students in the social work program.

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I’m interested in the intersection of adult learning theory, online pedagogy, critical librarianship, and reimagining what we mean when we say “information literacy instruction.” I received a BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of Michigan and a MSIS from the UT Austin School of Information
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Janine Golden
Janine GoldenJanine Golden is an Associate Professor in the USC Marshall School of Business. Before joining Marshall, she taught MLS online courses in library management, foundations of library science, the public library, and marketing and advocacy. Her primary area of specialization is the leadership and management of libraries and her research path concerns factors and strategies related to career development success for library emerging leaders, succession planning, employee retention strategies, the mentoring process for individuals interested/involved in leadership and management fields, and the applicability of personality analysis as a career development strategy.

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She is a past president of the American Library Association’s division, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). She has created the ALA LLAMA 3-year Emerging Leader Collaboration with Graduate LIS Schools project and has led a team working with the ALA diversity project, Building Bridges Across Mentoring. She currently serves on the LLAMA Competencies Committee and co-edits the Emerald monograph series Advances in Library Administration and Organization. Janine earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA; an MLS from the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
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And the librarians, who work so closely with the faculty:

John Juricek
John JuricekJohn E. Juricek, Associate University Librarian, has been the Head of the Crocker Business Library and the Accounting Library at the University of Southern California since 2008. John leads a team of information professionals who seek to ensure that all USC students, faculty, staff and alumni make full and efficient use of information resources from books and journals to databases and public web sites.

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John graduated with his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UCLA and also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and did his undergraduate work in History and Philosophy at Doane College in his home town of Crete, Nebraska.John is professionally active in Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), the American Library Association (ALA), Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS), and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) Business Resources Product Review Committee. He has published numerous articles, reviews and web guides including studies of academic web sites and grey literature in business.Prior to becoming a librarian, John had a career as an international tax manager and was an expert in the taxation of Americans working abroad and foreign nationals working and studying in the US. He worked for Price Waterhouse and the Institute of International Education in New York and Arthur Andersen and Deloitte in Los Angeles for a wide variety of clients. John has been at USC since 2005.Close X


Application Deadline

Students are admitted on a rolling basis for fall, spring and summer semester starts.