Expedited MSLS Plan

For students who are looking to complete their MSLS degree in less than the standard two-year period, our Expedited Degree Plan may be an option.

If you have:

a) Time to commit yourself to four 3-credit hour courses each semester,

b) A desire to lower your overall tuition costs,

c) Wish to earn your master's degree as soon as possible for professional, financial or other reasons,

The expedited option may appeal to you. Students who follow this plan for their degree can graduate from the program in as little as 18 months. Keep in mind this is an intensive course of study with a full academic load that requires organization and self-discipline on the part of the student. Students who begin the program with an expedited degree plan in mind may always switch to a regular full-time or part-time course load at their discretion.

Please note that is it strongly recommended students applying to the program for an expedited path submit their application around three months prior to the deadline (see admissions for current deadlines). Doing so enables those students to have a wider array of options for course placement given the number of hours needed in one semester. Current students on an expedited path should be sure to register for their classes at the earliest available window.

Here is an example expedited degree plan (actual plans will vary on course availability):


Expedited Degree Plan


Semester 1: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Core Courses and  IT Requirement

Semester 2: 4th Core Course, Electives 1, 2, an 3

Semester 3 (Final Semester):4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Electives; Complete Exit Assessment


Core Courses (all required)

LIS 600 Information in Society

LIS 601 Information Seeking, Retrieval & Services

LIS 602 Information Representation & Access

LIS 603 Management in LIS


IT Requirement (Choose At Least One)

LIS 636 Foundations of Information Technology

LIS 638 Internet Technologies & Information Services

LIS 668 Information Systems Design

LIS 690 (any special topics IT course)

*Electives: Choose seven from semester offerings.

(Please note: electives are limited in Summer semesters)

12 courses are needed (including the 4 core and the 1 IT class) for 36 credit hours (see complete course list)**


*Elective offerings for expedited degree plan students may be limited each semester, so students who are seeking a specific concentration area should consider this before choosing this path.

**Students who matriculated between Fall 2014 and Spring 2017 will still be required to completed the foundational requirements, which are offered in Spring and Summer. Contact Student Affairs if you have questions about your class schedule and meeting graduation requirements.

Expedited Degree students should anticipate potentially taking classes during the Summer semester if they are seeking a further abbreviated time to degree, although it is not required and the degree may be completed in Fall/Spring only. The School does not offer classes during the Winter Intersessions.