Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS)
Our students are mentored for leadership in whatever field of information work they choose to enter. The program has near 100% work placement within six months of graduation. We do this by providing:
- Face-to-face classroom instruction;
- A wide choice of specializations and course offerings;
- Internship opportunities;
- Individual advisors;
- Mentoring programs;
- Teamwork experience;
- Support for student participation in professional organizations; and
- The opportunity for students either to compile a portfolio in which they assess and present their career-related activities to date, or to write a thesis presenting the results of original research.
The UCLA MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and is one of the most innovative and comprehensive in the country. Our graduates are highly successful and accomplished information professionals who work in a wide variety of institutions after graduation.
The goals of the UCLA MLIS program include:
- To provide students with a coherent program of study that includes broad preparation in foundational knowledge and skills as well as opportunities to cultivate more specialized areas of interest;
- To ensure that students have the cultural competency to engage with and advocate for a diverse range of information environments;
- To provide students with the technological and intellectual fluency, ethics, skills and knowledge necessary to thrive, innovate and critically intervene in a diverse range of information environments; and
- To ensure that all students are enabled to take advantage of a broad array of professionally appropriate internship and field experience opportunities.
What Our Graduates Do
MLIS Internship Program
The internship program has been in place since the 1970s and has grown to include nearly 250 sites. Our Los Angeles location allows us to offer an exciting and diverse range of local internship sites. Our program is highly regarded among local organizations and companies. Among those working with UCLA to offer internships to our students are:
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- The Getty
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Los Angeles Public Library
- Huntington Library
- Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)
More than 20 internships are also available within UCLA such as:
- UCLA Special Collections
- UCLA College Library
- UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive
- UCLA Digital Collections Services
- UCLA Film and Television Archive
- Fowler Museum
For a complete list of current and past sites hosting MLIS Interns, see the MLIS Internship Sites page.