Professional Education

Post-MLS Education for Information Professionals

Do you already hold your MS in Information and Library Science or equivalent degree and are looking for further professional education?

The Department of Library & Information Studies offers courses that help develop and build your professional knowledge, available online! Asynchronous education allows you to schedule your course time around your work week.

Advanced Studies Certificate

The Library and Information Studies (LIS) Advanced Studies Certificate is for those who have completed the MS in Information and Library Science and want to upgrade their competencies or wish to change career directions. It requires the completion of 18 credit hours of carefully planned, interdisciplinary study tailored to the academic needs and goals of the student.

More information and application instructions can be found at the LIS Advanced Studies Certificate page.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Outside of our formal degree and certificate programs, LIS offers coursework through the Graduate School of Education's Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE). Courses taken through the CCPE allow you to explore timely topics and learn about new ideas and practices from our faculty and researchers and from experienced practioners. More information about the CCPE, and a course listing, may be found at the CCPE homepage.

LIS courses may also be taken by students who have not matriculated into a degree program. Of particular relevance to information professionals are the cutting-edge topics explored in LIS 503, Special Topics, with online course delivery. Subject matter for current and recent courses may be found at our Special Topics Courses page.

To register for LIS courses outside of a degree or certificate program, you must be admitted as a non-matriculated student. The application for admission as a non-degree student may be found at the UB Interactive Graduate Application website.