FAQs | Online Master of Management in Library and Information Science

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How is the program structured?

Our program is comprised of 12 courses that are three units each. The courses are taught in 8-week modules. A semester at USC is 16 weeks, so two modules fit into this semester period. Students enrolled in the 1-year track take two courses per module, or four classes per semester. Students enrolled in the 2-year track take one course per module, or two classes per semester.

How is this program different from other Library Science programs?

As an ALA-accredited degree program, USC’s online Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) offers a unique and relevant experience in the constantly evolving field of library and information science. The MMLIS prepares students to create programs, collections, and services for meaningful impact across literacies in information communities. The MMLIS also equips students to make data-driven decisions in information organizations while deploying digital tools and technologies for the responsible use of information systems.

Are USC and the MMLIS program accredited?

USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In December 2012, the MMLIS degree was specifically accredited for online delivery by WASC. In addition, the USC MMLIS program received initial accreditation by the American Library Association (ALA).

Will my diploma indicate that I earned my degree online?

No. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a Master of Management in Library and Information Science from USC. There will be no indication on the diploma of whether you earned it online or on campus.

Do students in this online program have access to campus resources?

Absolutely. Students enrolled in our programs have the same access to campus resources as on-ground students. In fact, we encourage you to make the most of your student experience at USC, whether it’s attending a campus event, visiting the bookstore or cheering for the Trojans at a football game. Enrolled students can receive a USCard (your student ID) which will allow you access to these resources.

Since this is an online program, is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes! All graduating students are encouraged to participate in Commencement, which takes place once a year in May. There will be a university-wide ceremony, followed by a ceremony for Bovard College graduates.

Is there an Orientation for new students? Is it on-campus?

Our Academic department hosts an online Orientation for each incoming class. Orientation is 100% online and self-paced. It provides students an opportunity to test-drive the learning management platform that they will utilize for coursework and engage with their peers through discussion forums and optional live online sessions via Zoom.

How will students engage and interact in the online classroom environment?

Our classrooms are interactive with discussion boards and weekly live classroom sessions. Several assignments will encourage group work. The goal of the program is to give you a sense of community, the same that you would experience in a classroom, and maybe even more so, in that you will be able to engage with everyone, not just those you sit next to.

Still have questions or want to speak to Admissions directly?

You can reach the Bovard College Admissions Office by phone at 877-4-BOVARD or by email.

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