Master of Library Science (MLS)

The Department of Library and Information Studies offers a fully accredited Master's of Library Science (MLS) degree. The degree enables graduates to seek professional employment in library service in the United States. Accredited by the American Library Association, the MLS degree requires 36 credit hours at a 3.00 (B) average or better. There are 15 hours of required core courses. Earn your MLS degree online, on our North Campus, or through a hybrid of the two options.

Concentrations are available within the MLS program. Students can prepare to be generalists or choose courses with concentrations in one or more areas:

  • Public or academic libraries
  • Special libraries serving business, museums, law firms, etc.
  • Library media specialist
  • Computer applications for libraries
  • Information storage and retrieval
  • Media librarianship
  • Reference services, acquisition/selection of information resources
  • Cataloging and classification
  • Music librarianship, which combines an MLS and Master of Music History
  • Law librarianship with a concurrent MLS and JD degrees
MLS at a glance:
Application deadline for Admission: Rolling
Degree granted: M.L.S.
Minimum Number of Semester Credits: 36
Typical Time to Completion: 4 full-time semesters
Potential Employers Post-Graduation: Public, school, or academic library, special libraries serving business, museums, law firms, etc.

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For more information about applying, contact Ms. Pat Glinski at:

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