Master of Management in Library and Information Science

USC Marshall School of Business

The Master of Management in Library and Information Science (M.M.L.I.S.) program is uniquely designed to prepare professionals with the practical leadership skills needed to manage libraries and information within colleges and universities, businesses, governmental organizations and in the digital world.

Unlike other library science programs, the online MMLIS program provides a robust leadership, management and library and information sciences focus for students. Each course is taught through real world experience-based learning and teamwork, with faculty support and guidance. This approach encourages critical and creative thinking and the development of the skills necessary for working effectively in academic and public libraries and other institutions.

Career Options

Professional librarian positions in academic (college/university) libraries, urban public libraries and corporate library information centers. Embedded positions with academic research teams and community agencies. Positions may or may not have library and librarian in the title, e.g., electronic resources specialist, family literacy coordinator, manager of neighborhood services, etc.

Professional information management positions in government and business, such as information analyst, researcher, digital assets manager, information professional, policy analyst, information access and retrieval specialist, etc.

Sample Course Schedule

Semester I:
Management Communication for Leaders
Fundamentals of Library and Information Science
Research and Professional Applications

Semester II:
Fundamentals of Library Leadership and Management
Collection Development and Management
Research and Professional Applications

Semester III:
Organization, Access and Retrieval of Information
Research Methods in Library and Information Management
Research and Professional Applications

Semester IV:
Library and Information Technologies
Strategic Information and Competitive Analysis
Research and Professional Applications

Semester V:
Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals
Capstone (electronic portfolio)
Research and Professional Applications

Instructional Services for Enrolled Students

Academic advising, student advising and faculty mentoring.


“USC’s MMLIS program has been an invaluable experience.  The distance learning program has presented me the opportunity to still be a wife, mother, and a home school teacher to my six children.  The small class sizes allowed me to bond with teachers and students alike.  If not for this flexible atmosphere I would not be able to achieve my educational aspirations.”  – Dawn Holmes, Spring 2015, MMLIS

 “The USC Marshall School of Business Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) online graduate program allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the role of current and emerging technologies and infrastructure in organizational effectiveness and service delivery. I designed, applied and interpreted different research and evaluation methods to gain insight, assess impact and make appropriate decisions. As a team leader each semester I had the opportunity to manage and lead diverse projects and teams. I gained insight and experience in communication and leadership behaviors that affect workplace performance and client satisfaction. It is essential in a rapidly evolving information landscape, both nationally and internationally,  to have a commitment to continued professional education and lifelong learning.” – Melissa L. Miller, Fall 2014, MMLIS

 “The USC MMLIS program provides students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight on a broad-spectrum of library and information organizations. Whether their specific area of interest is Urban Public, Academic or Digital librarianship, students will have a chance to delve into all of the aforementioned areas and more.” –Marilyn Taylor, Fall 2014, MMLIS

Faculty Spotlight

Marion Philadelphia