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Specialized Study in Information Science, Certificate

College of Information and Communications

Interested in a specific career in the field of library and information science? Our Certificate of Graduate Study is a great way to supplement your knowledge via a focused 12-hour program of study.

Whether you're looking to complete state certification requirements or become an expert in a specialization, this certificate allows you to focus on areas such as library administration, information science, technical services, information and records management, or information systems design.

Program Highlights

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    Top 20

    Study at a school ranked in the Top 20 of all American Library Association-accredited schools (U.S. News & World Report).

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    An Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty members who combine distinguished academic careers with extensive professional experience.

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    Build a Portfolio

    Create and submit an end-of-program portfolio that documents your learning and professional growth throughout your studies.

What You’ll Study

This certificate complements other graduate programs within our college and enhances your career opportunities, professional development and career readiness. You'll take 12 credit hours of elective courses in library and information science or a related discipline, tailored according to prior course work and your professional objectives.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Manage Budgets

    Creating and implementing financial plans to achieve specific goals and objectives


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • School Librarian
  • Library Administration
  • Information and Records Manager
  • Information Systems Designer

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Libraries
  • Research

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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