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 Library, Archival and Information Studies

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Graduate Students with Families

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Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
If you have a partner and/or a family and are considering graduate school at UBC, join us for this online info session. Topics include resources for families, including partners, general information on child care, registering for school, looking for a place to live, and fun and affordable activities for kids of all ages. Current graduate students with family will be on hand to help answer questions.

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Date: Friday, 23 November 2018
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
Learn about the application process, and general academic and admissions requirements. Develop a timeline for meeting deadlines, scheduling language tests, getting your documents ready, and reaching out to letter writers and supervisors. As well, join us on a virtual tour of the UBC Grad Studies website to point out important resources.

UBC iSchool Information Session for Prospective Students

UBC iSchool, 1961 East Mall, Room 470, UBC Vancouver campus
Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Time: 17:30 to 19:00
Are you a prospective student interested in learning more about our programs? Our information session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about our programs, course options, career pathways, outcomes, and the admissions process. The information session will also cover iSchool hands-on learning, or experiential learning opportunities, and introduce you to the iSchool student experience. Participants will get an informal tour of the school and have a chance to ask questions. The Educational Services Coordinator, who coordinates the admissions process, will be on hand to answer questions, as well as an alumnus of the MLIS program, and a faculty member. Applications for our September 2019 intake for all programs close January 15, 2019. If you have questions about our information sessions, please contact the UBC iSchool Educational Services Coordinator.

Research Information

Research Highlights

The Sustaining Information Practice (SIP) - http://lisapnathan.com/sip-studio/ research and design studio is made up of faculty and graduate students based out of the iSchool@UBC. Lisa Nathan leads project inquiries into the concept of sustaining information practices, ways of managing information that diverse peoples develop to address longer-term challenges (e.g., environmental adaptation, decolonization, social justice). Financial support has come from numerous funders, including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the U. S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Please visit the research page on our website to read more about the current projects faculty are involved in: http://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: http://slais.ubc.ca/arst595/ 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: http://slais.ubc.ca/libr595/ 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: http://slais.ubc.ca/arst596/ LIBR 596: http://slais.ubc.ca/libr596/

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.5
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

No

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2019
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2019

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$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,669.62$3,012.48
Tuition per year$5,008.86$9,037.44
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (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. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

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)
  • Douglas, Jennifer (Personal archives; Writers’ archives; Archival arrangement and description; History and evolution of archival theory; Online communities and archives; Archival representation)
  • Freund, Luanne (Information, Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), New Technology and Social Impacts, information retrieval, human information interaction, open data)
  • 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, Information Ethics, Ethics of Care, Sustainability, Information Policy, Indigenous Information Initiatives, Value Sensitive Design, Design, Values in Design, Generative Justice)
  • 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)
 

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019

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