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Library and Information Science

Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Certificate program:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of their professional development goals.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of what specialized knowledge and/or skills are needed to meet their professional development goals.
  • Students will demonstrate specialized knowledge and/or skills in a specific chosen area of the field.

Degree Requirements

For the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Library and Information Science degree, an approved Program of Study with 18 semester hours of graduate course work must be completed with a minimum grade point ratio of 3.00 (B) overall.  In partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation, each student will submit an electronic portfolio documenting learning and professional growth during the Certificate program.

Requirements:

  • 3 hours of SLIS 794
  • 15 hours of electives
  • End-of-Program Portfolio

Students may choose their elective courses in library and information science or a related discipline after consultation with an academic advisor. Each student’s program of study will be tailored according to prior course work and the student’s professional objectives. Courses which will be more than six years old at the time the Certificate is awarded may not be included on the student's Program of Study.

Academic Progress

Students must present a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B average) on all courses taken in the program at the time of graduation. Students who earn a grade below B on more than six hours of course work or a grade of D, F, WF, or U in any course will not be allowed to continue in the program.  Students who receive a grade below C in a course cannot apply the course toward graduation.  Students who receive a grade of D+ or D in a required course (i.e. joint program requirements or NCATE requirements) must retake the course to attain a grade of at least C.  

Additionally, Graduate School policy states that graduate students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation and allowed one calendar year to raise the GPA to at least 3.00. Students who do not reach a cumulative 3.00 GPA during this grace period will not be permitted to enroll for further graduate work.

A student may pursue the certificate simultaneously with the M.L.I.S. or following completion of the M.L.I.S. USC School of Library and Information Science students who are admitted to the certificate program prior to completion of the M.L.I.S. are allowed to use 6 hours of M.L.I.S. credit toward the certificate provided the 6 hours are related to the proposed area of specialization for the certificate. If there is a lapse of time between completion of the M.L.I.S. and enrollment in the certificate program or if the student is a graduate of another ALA-accredited master’s program, 18 hours of course work will be required to earn the certificate. Courses which will be more than six years old at the time the Certificate is awarded may not be included on the student's Program of Study.