Frequently Asked Questions | USC Library Science Degree Online
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University of Southern California

MMLIS Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about USC's Master of Management in Library & Information Science online degree program through our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

A: No. However, you will need to show relevant work experience.

A: Students can complete the MMLIS program over the course of five 15-week semesters, or approximately 20 months. Students in the LIM Graduate Certificate program can graduate after two 15-week semesters, or approximately 8 months.

A: Absolutely! We have many students who have completed the program while working full time. Our 100% online platform enables students to work from anywhere at any time. We advise students to manage between 8 to 12 hours a week per course.

A: At this time we're only accepting full-time students. However, we do have many students who complete the program while working full time. The best way to know if now is a good time to enter the program is to talk with an enrollment advisor at

A: The University of Southern California has three levels of accreditation for the MMLIS and LIM Certificate programs:

  1. USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In December 2012, the MMLIS degree was specifically accredited for online delivery by WASC.
  2. The Marshall School of Business is further accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an international agency with accredited schools in 40 countries. This accreditation includes all programs offered through Marshall.
  3. The USC MMLIS program received initial accreditation by the American Library Association (ALA).

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 students with the advanced background to become leaders in their field.

A: Absolutely. The University of Southern California stands as one of the top universities by enrollment of international students. USC takes great pride in the cultural diversity of its student body.

A: No. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a Master of Management in Library and Information Science or a Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Management from USC. There will be no indication on the diploma of whether you earned it online or on campus.

A: As a student in the MMLIS or LIM Certificate programs, 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.

A: You should feel free to contact an enrollment advisor at with any questions you may have about the program, enrollment or the application process.