Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)

Overview

The MLIS program prepares professionals to exercise creativity, integrity and leadership in designing, implementing and promoting programs and systems for the creation, organization, management, preservation and effective use of information and collections. Graduates of the MLIS program go on to careers as librarians, information managers, researchers, analysts, interaction designers, web content specialists, and more.

The MLIS degree program offers a wide range of courses and is highly customizable based on specific student interests. Areas of particular focus include the following:

  • Information sources and services
  • Digital resource management
  • Human-information interaction
  • Information analysis and management
  • Services and management of information organizations
  • Youth services and literature

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Library and Information Studies
Subject
Information Technology
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Library and Information Studies
Program Components
Coursework + Options
Faculty
Faculty of Arts
School
School of Information

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. 

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

100
22
21
22
21
7.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Depending on program, applicants either reach out to faculty members directly or the program supports this process in different ways.

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?
No

Test Scores (GRE / GMAT or similar)

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Research Information

Research Highlights

Please visit the research page on our website to read more about the current projects faculty are involved in: https://slais.ubc.ca/research/current-research-projects/

Program Components

Experiential Learning The iSchool is committed to providing students with a variety of learning experiences while they work on their degrees. The school excels at providing students with a variety of options to attain field-based experience. In addition to our successful Co-operative Education Program, the school provides students with options to earn academic credit while attaining valuable real-world experience. Information on these courses is listed below. ARST 595: Internship Credit weight: 3 credits Archival students work under the direct supervision of a professional in the field for three months of full-time work with no pay. Arrangements are made by the School. A final report is required, and is evaluated by the student’s faculty advisor. For further information, visit the course page: https://slais.ubc.ca/arst-595 LIBR 595: Practicum Credit weight: Non-credit course Library and Information Studies students are placed in an organization of their choice for two-week period. Students gain a broad understanding of how libraries and information organizations function and are managed largely through observation with some hands-on work. Arrangements are made by the School. For further information, visit the course page: https://slais.ubc.ca/libr-595 ARST 596 / LIBR 596: Professional Experience Credit weight: 3 credits Students works on a specific project suggested either by someone in the field or by a student. The student works under the direct supervision of a professional in the field, who monitors and evaluates the work in conjunction with the Student Services Coordinator. For further information, visit the course page. ARST 596: https://slais.ubc.ca/arst-596 LIBR 596: https://slais.ubc.ca/libr-596

Funding Sources

UBC has launched Canada's first Blockchain training pathway for graduate students. The Graduate Pathway on Blockchain and Decentralized Trust Technologies will be a 12-credit non-degree training program that augments existing Master's and Phd programs. Additional funding may be available for students as part of the Blockchain pathway.

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.

Alumni on Success

David Waddell

Job Title
Community Digital Initiatives Librarian
Employer
Vancouver Public Library

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,737.06$3,258.28
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,211.18$9,774.84
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications161161155140148
Offers101967598110
New registrations5558636371
Total enrolment139144140160156
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad (Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, Social Media Mining, Arabic)
  • Bullard, Julia (Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), classification systems, metadata, values-in-design)
  • Freund, Luanne (Information, Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), New Technology and Social Impacts, information retrieval, human information interaction, open government and open data, research dissemination; knowledge exchange)
  • Kwakkel, Erik (Audiovisual, Visual, Audio and Written Communications, Communication Contexts, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), History of the Book, reading, Medieval Manuscripts, Paleography, Codicology, Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History of Libraries)
  • Meyers, Eric youth online behavior, information seeking, web search, libraries, public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, learning, virtual worlds, collaboration, social networks, new media, digital literacy, information literacy
  • Nathan, Lisa (Impacts of New Information Technologies, New Technology and Social Impacts, Individual and Collective Ethics, Climate Changes and Impacts, information ethics, Ethics of Care, sustainability, information policy, Indigenous Information Initiatives, value sensitive design, design, values in design, Generative Justice, Collapse | Adaptive Informatics)
  • O'Brien, Heather (New Technology and Social Impacts, Public Communication, Media Influence on Behavior, Right and Access to Information, Impacts of New Information Technologies, user engagement, user experience, community engagement, information seeking and retrieval, information access, cognitive processes related to information searching and evaluation)
  • Turner, Hannah (Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), Impacts of New Information Technologies, information practice, cataloguing and classification, Science and technology studies, museum anthropology)

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