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Master in Library and Information Science in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) is a two-year graduate program that builds upon and enhances the skills gained in an undergraduate library and information science program. It trains students in the practices and principles of library and information management and administration.

The MLIS program aims to produce graduates who are competent in providing professional library services and are able to contribute to the development of librarianship in the Philippines.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a Master’s in Library and Information Science should have an undergraduate degree in the communication and information science field. However, students who do not hold an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Advanced Reference and Information Sources and Services

  • Library and Information Services for the Disadvantaged

  • Social Functions of Libraries and Information Systems

  • History and Materials for Children and Young Adults

  • Information Transfer and Diffusion of Knowledge

  • Archives, Manuscripts and Records Management

  • Advanced Organization of Information Materials

  • Issues in Academic School and Special Libraries

  • Information Organizations and Management

Admission Qualifications and Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the *insert field* may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Master in Library and Information Science are expected to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively through oral and writing

  • Systematically and logically accomplish tasks

  • Create objectives and policies for future educational changes

  • Make use of the library’s automation systems, computer hardware, software, and other online tools

  • Analyze information policy and ethical issues

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Librarian in the Philippines, a graduate of Bachelor of Library and Information Science needs to pass the Librarian Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Librarians under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Master in Library and Information Science may pursue a career path in libraries and information centers both in the public and private sectors. They may apply as a library technician, school librarian, corporate librarian, acquisitions librarian, community outreach librarian, public librarian, medical librarian, digital librarian, and law librarian. 

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