How to Earn an Online MLS Degree

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Title: How to Earn an Online MLS Degree. It is a difficult degree but you can do it online and still earn your salary. You will need a 2/1 H in your primary degree and at least two years experience in a public or academic library. I know Aberystwyth University in Wales does it and you can pay per module. You do attend 2  (by 1 week) summer schools in Wales but they are great craic and you learn a lot. These are for exams and thesis and research instruction.

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Full Text & Source: It is possible to earn an online Master of Library Sciences (MLS) degree without completing an in-person residency period at a brick-and-mortar college. However, potential librarians should be careful when choosing an online MLS degree program. Not all programs are reputable and every program has unique requirements. Also, a shrinking job market means that you may find it difficult to find a library job, even after you complete a degree program…….

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Masters Library & Information Studies, University College Dublin

Professional Programmes

Our Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and the Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (GradDipLIS)] programmes allow students to earn degrees that are accredited by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) and are internationally recognised. These degrees qualify students to work as library and information professionals in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Recent graduates have dynamic careers as Chief Information Officers, Library Directors and Knowledge Managers.

Prospective students are required to have prior experience of working in a library or information environment.

The MLIS requires the submission of a capstone project, and provides an opportunity to undertake advanced study and research in library and information studies.

All eligible applicants are advised to apply for the MLIS in preference to the GradDipLIS. The reasons for doing this include greater freedom in choice of modules and greater international recognition of the degree. Because of the flexibility between the MLIS and the GradDipLIS we treat applicants for the MLIS and the GradDipLIS equally, including offering an MLIS place to some applicants who apply for the GradDipLIS, if they are deemed to be suitable candidates.

  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • Gives access to a wide range of careers in the information and knowledge economy, including librarianship
  • Includes research or practice-based project
  • Open to graduates of all disciplines

Available on a part-time or full-time basis

or MA in Information Studies

UCD School of Information & Library Studies

Scoil an Léinn Eolais agus na Leabharlannaíochta UCD

MA in Information Studies

Duration:  1 yr [FT], 2 yrs [PT] • This is the only MA in Information Studies on offer anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
• Work in a new, exciting, dynamic subject area.
• Subject specialisations in the areas of: information behaviour; information and society; information management and digital libraries; and information sharing and collaboration.
Schedule: September to September
Information on fees

Who is the MA in Information Studies for? …(one should check if this is an acceptable qualification for aprofessional grade in librarianship)
The MA is intended for graduates of Information Studies, and also those from cognate disciplines, who wish to extend their knowledge of Information Studies beyond their primary degree.

What will I learn?
The MA provides an opportunity for graduate study and research in Information Studies. Students are expected to complete a number of taught modules (worth 45 credits) and to complete a research project and write a minor thesis (45 credits). The programme requires a high level of commitment by students to independent study.

How will I benefit?
By completing this programme students will further develop their understanding of Information Studies.  Students also develop important intellectual, cognitive and transferable skills in relation to communication, IT, academic writing, and research.  The programme can prepare students for further research at MLitt or PhD level.

What is the programme about?
The programme provides opportunities for a broader and deeper understanding of the discipline of Information Studies.  Students undertake a thesis in one of the four core areas: information behaviour; information and society; information management and digital libraries; or information sharing and collaboration.  The programme also includes modules on research methods for information research, and there are opportunities for developing research skills and subject knowledge through working with academic staff on research projects.


  • Wide range of taught modules.
  • Innovative assessment methods.
  • Makes use of virtual learning environments (Blackboard).
  • Experienced national and international staff with a good range of subject expertise and backgrounds.


  • The MA programme is composed of 90 Credits: 45 credits of taught modules, including some compulsory modules, and a 45-credit thesis of between 18,000 and 20,000 words.

Note: Not all optional modules are available very year.

  • Core modules:
    • Research Methods 1 (7.5 credits)
    • Research Methods 2 (7.5 credits)
    • Research Practice (5 credits)
    • Students need to accumulate 25 credits from the elective / optional modules on offer.  These include:
      • Information Architecture (5 credits)
      • Information Behaviour in the 21st Century (5 credits)
      • System Design and Analysis (5 credits)
      • Political Information and Media (5 credits)
      • Management for Information Professionals (5 credits)
      • Information Retrieval and Indexing (5 credits)
      • Theory in Action (5 credits)
      • Cybersociety: Technology, Culture and Communication (5 credits)
      • Web Publishing (5 credits)
      • Information and Reference Services (10 credits)


An MA in Information Studies is excellent preparation for the workplace, or for further graduate research.


If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.

MA in Information Studies …

You will need:

  • A primary degree in Information Studies, or congnate discipline (Second class honours or higer)
  • Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your suitability, intellectual ability, and motivation

Application is online through the UCD Online Applications System.

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