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At the intersection of people and information, what will you find? A thriving career field with endless possibilities. Join us at Wayne State University and find out where a career in information can take you. 

Our profession
A graduate M.L.I.S., Master of Library and Information Science, is the ultimate primer for bringing technology and information fluency together. Today, with over 50% of U.S. gross domestic product related to information management (IM), career opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors are abundant and diverse for professionals with skills to find, capture, and analyze data using technology solutions. 

Are you looking for professional flexibility and a variety of career choices? With an M.L.I.S., you can be qualified for positions like these:
• Content strategist
• Data architect
• Database administrator 
• Information analyst
• Information/content manager
• Instructional designer 
• Intelligence analyst 
• Management analyst
• Marketing research analyst 
• Social marketer 
• Social media analyst 
• Software developer 
• Technology trainer 
• Visual information specialist 
• Web developer
• _______________
(fill in the blank)

Employment opportunities for professionals with technology competence are projected to grow faster than average over the next several years. As we become more inundated with information, we need people who know how to analyze what’s relevant, important, and accurate—and how to organize and present it in a way that makes sense. 

That’s why we need you
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Wayne State University is constantly adapting its curriculum to mirror marketplace shifts, making our IM graduates qualified to fill every conceivable role on the information spectrum. Since college graduates today will change careers numerous times over the course of their working lives, we equip our students with knowledge and transferable skills that will be in demand long into the future.  

Our curriculum
By emphasizing the practical application of knowledge and skills, we educate students in the core principles of information management—access, organization, services, and supportas well as emerging fields such as digital collections, competitive intelligence, information architecture, and data analytics. 
Students have the ability to tailor half of their degree program to their individual interests in order to create
unique skill sets. Specializations in software tools, Web-based information services, health information and data management, data analytics, and user experience are offered, and students are encouraged to work with their faculty advisor to develop a plan of study that may combine courses from one or all areas. These classes provide a rigorous academic knowledge base for future careers and decision making.
IM students are exposed to leading-edge technologies to experiment, learn, and hone expertise in developer tools, software applications, data mining, scripting languages, and analytics. 

Our School 
Why SLIS? The School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University offers: 
• Graduate degree and certificate options in several specializations that allow you to customize a program to meet your exacting career interests and aspirations 
• A robust, flexible online program
that serves nearly 500 students across the United States and Canada  
• Affordable in-state tuition to all online students
• $500,000 annually in scholarships, including 15 full-tuition scholarships and 10 work-study assistantships
• Full- and part-time study options to complete the degree in as few as 12 months or as long as 72 months  
• A reputable, accredited degree program ranked in the top 25 nationwide by U.S.News & World Report 
• Leading information technologies used for teaching innovations and online course delivery
Network of alumni employed at major research universities, Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, philanthropic organizations, and preeminent cultural institutions

Our University 
Wayne State University is Michigan’s only urban public research university. WSU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as RU/VH (Research University, Very High research activity), a distinction held by only 3.5% of institutions of higher education in the United States. With more than 380 degree programs and a location in the heart of Detroit’s cultural center, Wayne State offers a distinctive educational experience to students from around the world. WSU is ranked 189th worldwide among the 25,000+ degree-granting institutions of higher education surveyed, according to a report released in July 2015.  

Are you ready to find out where an M.L.I.S. will take you?
Visit our website at slis.wayne.edu
for more information. You’ll find admission criteria, application information, and online prospective student information meeting dates. You will also be able to read faculty, current student, and alumni profiles. Still have questions? Contact us at asklis@wayne.edu or 877-263-2665.

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2 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
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Student Body

450 students

90 full-time

360 part-time




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