Library & Information Science

The Master of Library and Information Science equips you to work as a librarian in grades K-12 and to collaborate with teachers and students to promote research, literacy and technology skills. The program allows you to add a librarian endorsement to an existing teaching license or to earn a full degree in library and information science.

Program Benefits

  • Complete your degree online in 15 months with no residency requirements.
  • Take only one class at a time with all materials delivered to you.
  • Complete your program with a supportive cohort of students working toward similar goals.
  • Enjoy the collaborative learning environments fostered by our small class sizes.
  • Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Master of Library and Information Science program, you’ll be part of the only library science program in Tennessee that is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians and the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation. This degree doubles as a full MLIS degree program and a librarian endorsement for licensed teachers, transforming classroom teachers into school library leaders in technology, instruction and information specialization.  

During your 15-month online program, you’ll gain the skills you need to serve as a librarian in grades K-12. You’ll take part in coursework and project-based learning that teaches you how to think outside the box, create engaging content and instruction, employ effective research practices, integrate emerging technologies and promote literacy.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. We are committed to educating the next generation to be servant leaders.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you’ll gain your MLIS degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized regional accrediting agency or the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students who do not meet these degree requirements may be conditionally accepted in accordance with the Conditional Admission Policy.
  • Endorsement-only program: master’s degree in education
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA for all prior coursework

Additional Required Materials

  • Scanned photo ID
  • Copy of teaching license (if applicable)
  • Submit proof of fingerprinting and complete successful background check

Getting Started  

  • Complete the online application (it's free!).
  • Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!
  • Fill out FAFSA to be considered for financial aid. 
  • Request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution.
  • Complete an interview with the program coordinator and MLIS interview team.

Trevecca alumni with an MLIS degree have made an impact on the library community both locally and nationally. Outstanding graduates include: 

  • Stephanie Ham, director of school libraries for Metro Nashville Public Schools and American Library Association (ALA) chair of supervisors of library programs. 
  • Hannah Little, Webb School of Knoxville librarian and ALA blogger. 
  • Becky Jackman, recent president of the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) council representative. 
  • Misti Jenkins, president-elect of the Tennessee Association of School Libraries (TASL). 
  • Lakisha Brinson, School Library Journal 2015 “School Librarian of the Year” finalist. 
  • Amanda Smithfield, AASL “Mover and Shaker” 2015 award recipient.  
  • Connie Sharp, Elementary School Librarian of the Year 2015, National Board Certification.

Alice Bryant, awarded the Lulu Hampton Owen Chair of Excellence in Teaching as the middle school librarian at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville. 

Career Opportunities

The United States Bureau of Labor says communities are increasingly turning to libraries for a variety of services and activities, and there will be a continuous need for librarians to manage libraries and help patrons find information. With a Master of Library and Information Science degree, you’ll be able to help fill this need. Graduates of this program are well equipped for the following roles:

  • K-12 librarian
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Website developer
  • Instructional designer
  • Writer
  • Researcher
  • Digital developer
  • Curator