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The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies is home to MU’s graduate programs in Library and Information Science and Educational Technology as well as an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Information Science & Learning Technologies. SISLT faculty are internationally renowned for their research and development accomplishments. Faculty and students are committed to a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach — both within MU and among other research-extensive universities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Allen Institute, a 10,000 square foot facility dedicated to supporting collaborative R&D at the intersection of Information & Learning.

Degrees Offered

Master of Library and Information Science

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Upon successful completion of the 39-hour Library and Information Science program, students receive a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). The program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted and reviewed for admission continuously until the capacity is met.

  • Fall admission deadline: July 15
  • Spring admission deadline: December 15

All applications received after the above dates will be considered for admission in the following semester.

Admission Criteria

  • Undergraduate GPA (Grade Point Average): Minimum 3.0 in last 60 hours of degree
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required if applying for admission Spring 2016 and later
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Library and Information Science Program

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose answering three questions:
    • Where do you plan to reside during your program of study? (Choose one of the following locations.)
      Columbia, MO / Kansas City Metro Area / St. Louis Metro Area / Springfield, MO / Nebraska / Another Location (please provide location)
    • One 250 word essay question answering the question: Why do you want to earn a master’s degree in Library and Information Science?
    • One 250 word essay question answering the question: What areas of Library and Information Science interest you; do you anticipate working in a particular type of library or information agency?

Detailed application instructions are available at: https://education.missouri.edu/degree/library-science-ma/.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Every year SISLT provides more than $22,000 in merit and need-based financial support to new and current LIS students.

  • Application deadline: March 1.

More information is available at: https://education.missouri.edu/degree/library-science-ma/.

Master of Science / Educational Specialist Learning Technologies & Design

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The program offers a Master of Science and an Educational Specialist degree with emphasis areas in Online Education and Technology in Schools.

Admission criteria

Deadline for Fall entrance: June 1
Deadline for Spring entrance: November 1
Deadline for Summer entrance: April 1

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of the degree

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Learning Technologies and Design Program

  • Statement of Purpose (can also be uploaded into Graduate Studies online application)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Any supporting materials

Doctorate in Information Science & Learning Technologies

On Campus

Admission criteria

Priority deadline for Fall entrance: February 15
Regular deadline for Fall entrance: April 1
Priority deadline for Spring entrance: October 15
Regular deadline for Spring entrance: November 1

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of the degree
  • Graduate GPA of 3.5
  • In addition to meeting admission requirements, all students applying to the PhD program must complete faculty interviews and documentation of their research, development interests and capabilities. If you do not meet these standards, you should provide evidence of exceptionality in one or more other categories.

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?VerbalQuantitativeAnalytical
Prior to August 1, 20115505504.0
On or after August 1, 20111561464.0

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Information Science & Learning Technologies Program

  • Statement of Purpose (can also be uploaded into Graduate Studies online application)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • 3 letters of reference
  • GRE scores
  • Any supporting materials (i.e. published papers or technical reports)

Online Educator Graduate Certificate

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Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
No

Total Credit Hours:  12 

Certificate Description: The Online Educator Graduate Certificate Program will equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to design and provide effective online learning experiences including:

•    Designing online learning activities and assessments for meaningful learning
•    Designing, facilitating, and evaluating online discussions
•    Promoting student engagement and motivation in online learning environments.
•    Understanding unique characteristics of online learning environments
•    Selecting appropriate technology tools and learning objects to support online learners
•    Using Learning Management Systems to support and deliver online learning
•    Seeking for and evaluating Internet-based information and resources that can be used to enhance online learning
•    Organizing course materials in an online format

Certificate web site:
http://online.missouri.edu/degreeprograms/education/online-educator/grad-cert/

For information about certificate, contact:
School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

Email:       
Phone: 
 Toll-free (877) 747-5868 or Local (573) 884-2670
Address:  SISLT Student Services Office, 304 Townsend Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

User Experience and Usability Graduate Certificate

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Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes
Degree Dependent: Yes

Total Credit Hours: 12

Certificate description:
User Experience and Usability (UXU) graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program. The UXU certificate program prepares students as significant professional contributors within design and development technology environments. This certificate would leverage currently available courses, resources and experienced faculty by channeling those assets into a meaningful program that a broad range of students and employers would find both desirable and valuable.

Certificate graduates would have competitive advantage to market themselves as prepared practicing professionals in the User Experience and Usability arena. Using Bloom’s taxonomy structure, the following is the clear statement of certificate educational objectives:

  • Analyze and develop strategies to support efficient user performance with effective tools and systems (Analysis/Create);
  • Create cultural sensitivity and inclusive conditions for data collection (Analysis/Create);
  • Design data instruments and implement data collection with tools (e.g. computer screen recording software, eye trackers, etc.) (Create/Apply);
  • Recommend and implement UX tools and methodologies to support objectives (Evaluate/Apply);
  • Organize and manage UX related projects (Create/Apply).

Certificate web site:
Not created at this time.

For information about certificate, contact:
Joi Moore, Ph.D., Program Director, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

Email:  Phone:  (573) 884-2797
Address:  303 Townsend Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211