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Admissions Overview, Requirements & Application Deadlines: Online MMLIS Program

Learn more about the Master of Management in Library & Information Science (MMLIS) online degree program admissions requirements at USC.

Admissions Overview

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application – submit with university's $155 application fee or application fee waiver code (all applicants may request fee waiver instructions from
  • Current Resume – no work experience required, but recommended to highlight any achievements (including work, volunteer, internship experience)
  • Statement of Purpose – an essay (500 words maximum) to answer the following prompt: How will your involvement with the Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) degree program help you achieve your current personal and professional goals?
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation – from academic or professional references
  • Transcripts – Order official transcripts from all institutions attended to be sent to the USC MMLIS Admissions Office
    • Electronic Transcripts are preferred and should be sent directly to ATTN: MMLIS Admissions. Please contact for mailing instructions.
    • GPA of 3.0 or better recommended
    • For MMLIS degree: bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution required
    • For LIM certificate: bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution AND master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program required

Tuition and Fees


Per Credit Hour: $2,035*
Per Term: $16,280 (8 units)*
Total Cost: $81,400 (40 units)*

*Transfer credits are not accepted for this program. Tuition is subject to change and increase each academic year. Tuition is based on a full-time student's course load.


Application Fee: $155
Commitment Deposit: $250 (non-refundable, but applicable to tuition)
Norman Topping Student Aid Fund: $8 per semester
Program Provided Materials: Webcams to headsets to textbooks. (Approximate value of $1,000 – $2,000).

All applications are automatically considered for scholarship; no additional paperwork is needed.

Financial Aid

A variety of financial aid opportunities are available to help eligible MMLIS students cover some or all of the expenses associated with their graduate learning experience. Prospective students should review all financial aid literature carefully to gain an understanding of their options. Please note: We are only able to offer financial aid for the MMLIS degree at this time.

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