Master of Library and Information Science

Program Overview

The online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) is an intellectually rich, community-centered, and hands-on program for library and information education, innovation, and service.

  • 100% online (primarily synchronous instruction)
  • Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)
  • Oldest accredited LIS program in North Carolina
  • 36 credit hours
  • Capstone in lieu of thesis
  • Ranked "Best Online Master's" by College Choice
  • Ranked "Most Affordable Online Master's in Library Science" by College Choice
  • Ranked "Best Online Master's in Library Science" by Affordable Colleges Online

Today's MLIS students have the opportunity to specialize and work in academic, public, school, special, and information professions — as well as corporate and nonprofit organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.


College is an investment in your future, but our goal is to give you an outstanding education at a reasonable cost. A quality education doesn’t have to come with sticker stock. You'll find our costs to be competitive with those of other top-tier universities.

Estimated Tuition & Fees (2021-22)

Residency Status

Per credit hour Est. program cost


This rate applies if you’re a legal resident of North Carolina.

$356 $12,789

Outside NC*

This rate applies if you're not a legal resident of North Carolina and receive online education outside NC.
(Learn more about the Outside NC tuition rate.)

$646 $23,227


This rate applies if you’re not a legal resident of North Carolina and receive online education in North Carolina.

$1,118 $40,225

*International students living outside the United States who are enrolled in our online programs pay the Outside NC rate. Any added taxes, including Value Added Tax, are the responsibility of the student. Learn more about the Outside NC tuition rate.

All the program details. All in one brochure.

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Live outside North Carolina?

Currently, UNC Greensboro is authorized to offer online education in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Find out more about State Authorization — a law that regulates in which states colleges and universities can offer education.
UNC Greensboro does not guarantee that programs which fulfill North Carolina licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. For further explanation, visit Professional Licensure.
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