Marshall School of Business

Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificate Programs

This new program is available beginning fall 2012.

Master of Library and Information Management

The Master of Library and Information Management is designed to educate library leaders who will become part of a global community of leaders and researchers able to access, evaluate and apply recorded information in a myriad of formats critically and ethically.

The program provides a solid foundation of course work followed by a rich array of specialization and elective options culminating in a unique capstone project.

The capstone project is a paper or self-designed/faculty-guided project that demonstrates knowledge, skills and understanding of the history, ethics, research, political, technological, economic and ethical issues of information in national and international librarianship and the role of librarians in a diverse society. Capstone proposals are subject to approval by the student’s faculty adviser and graded by the adviser and two additional faculty members.

The class schedule is very flexible. Courses are offered entirely online each fall and spring semester and during the summer. The program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.


To qualify for admission to the MLIM program, prospective students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. (Neither the GMAT nor the GRE is required for application/admission to this program.) International applicants are required to submit a TOEFL score and must have earned a score of at least 100, with at least 20 in each section. Proof of financial support is required of admit-ted international applicants.

Applicants will also submit a professional resume, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation and transcripts from each institution of higher education attended.

For more information and pre-screening visit, write to or call (213) 740-2543.


The MLIM degree requires 42 semester units – 18 units of required foundation courses, 21 units of electives, and 3 units of capstone. Foundation courses must be completed prior to taking electives.

Required Foundation Courses (18 units)
Course UNITS
GSBA 502 Management Communication for Leaders 3
LIM 500 Introduction to Library and Information Science 3
LIM 501 Leadership in Library Administration and Management 3
LIM 502 Collection Development and Management 3
LIM 503 Organization, Access and Retrieval of Information 3
LIM 504 Research Methods in Library and Information Management 3
Electives (21 units)

Three areas of specialization are recommended, but students are free to take courses from among any of the electives offered each semester.

Recommended Specializations
Academic Librarianship UNITS
LIM 510 Academic Librarianship 3
LIM 511 Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals 3
LIM 512 Instructional Technologies for Educators 3
LIM 513 Multicultural Information Perspectives 3
Educational Technology/Digital Librarianship UNITS
LIM 520 Library Information Systems Analysis and Design 3
LIM 521 Database Management Systems for Information Professionals 3
LIM 522 Metadata and Taxonomies 3
LIM 523 Information Delivery in the Digital Environment 3
Library Leadership UNITS
LIM 530 Library Resource Management 3
LIM 531 Global Perspectives in Librarianship 3
LIM 533 Operations Research in Libraries 3
LIM 534 Library Fundraising and Development 3
Additional electives 9
Capstone (3 units)
LIM 598 Capstone in Library and Information Management 3

Total units required for the degree: 42