Library and Information Science, AGC

The advanced graduate certificate (AGC) in library and information science is for you if you have completed your MS in information and library science degree and want to upgrade your competencies or wish to change career directions. It requires the completion of 18 credit hours of carefully planned, interdisciplinary study tailored to your academic needs and goals.

Who is this for?

  • Librarians or information workers in the field who need specialized knowledge, want to upgrade their competencies, or wish to change career directions.
  • Current MLS students who desire to continue their education and obtain additional specialized learning for even better job prospects.

A program of study can be tailored to your individual needs and career goals with the help of a faculty advisor. Examples of possible options:

  • A specialization in information technology
  • A specialization in advanced management
  • A school media specialist retraining as a special librarian
  • A generalist approach-update knowledge and competencies in more than one specific area

Course Requirements

  • Each student will be expected to take, or have taken, a graduate level research methods course appropriate to her/his area of interest.
  • Special Directed Studies may be arranged in areas not covered by formal courses.
  • Internships for academic credit can also be arranged, e.g. an administrative internship with a library director.
  • An Advanced Studies Project (6 credit hours) is the culmination of the program. Through individual study under the guidance of an advisor and a special committee, the student prepared for one of the following: a comprehensive exam; a research paper; or a demonstration project.

How Long Do I Have to Complete the Program?

Five years. You can attend full- or part-time. Full-time certificate students are eligible for graduate assistantships. Most Library and Information Studies (LIS) classes are in the evening as are many graduate courses at University at Buffalo. It is possible to transfer in up to six recent graduate credit hours not already counted toward a degree.

Application Information

You must have a master's degree in LIS or in a related field. You will also be asked to come for an admission interview to review your program objectives. Current MLS students need not supply transcripts or letters of reference.

Former/Maiden Name: Note to all applicants, please be sure to provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

The link to apply online can be found on this page.

International Applicants

We accept admission applications from those residing outside the United States.

Canadian Applicants

  • Canadian citizens may study in the U.S. on a part-time basis and must be bona fide Canadian citizens. Part-time Canadian students must be commuters; document financial capability for the number of credits they intend to register for; part-time Canadians are not permitted to reside in the U.S.
  • Non-Canadian citizens (that is, permanent residents and/or Landed Immigrants) may not study on a part-time basis (they must hold an F-1 Student Visa which requires full-time study and financial documentation; full-time and commuting is permitted).
  • If enrolled in a full-time graduate program, Canadians are treated as international students by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, and must provide International Admissions with complete financial documentation to qualify for and receive a Certificate of Visa Eligibility.

Other International Applicants

  • Proficiency in the English language, evidence of financial support and the Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.) are required. As proof of English language proficiency, applicants are required to supply a minimum score of 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Students meeting TOEFL requirements are encouraged to attend an on-campus English as a Second Language program before enrollment in MLS courses.
  • International Applicant Financial Information: All international applicants must certify their ability to meet all educational and living expenses for the entire period of their intended study and identify the specific sources of funds for the first year of study before the university can issue a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (I-20 or IAP-66). These expenses vary according to program and year.

For more information on International Admissions at UB, please visit:


For general information about the program, contact:

Heidi Julien, PhD
Department Chair, Department of Library and Information Studies
526 Baldy Hall
Telephone: (716) 645-1478
Fax: (716) 645-3775

For more information about applying, contact Ms. Pat Glinski in the Admissions Office:

Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937

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