Apr 11, 2021  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021

Library and Information Management Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Management is designed to provide specialized knowledge in library leadership for library managers who are current holders of the equivalent MLIS degree looking for career advancement. The certificate is offered entirely online.


To qualify for admission to the Graduate Certificate program, prospective students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Prospective students must also hold a master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program.

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. Students who have completed their entire bachelor’s degree program at regionally accredited universities located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the language of instruction and the official language of the country are exempt. Proof of financial support is required of admitted 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 librarysciencedegree.usc.edu, write to admissions@librarysciencedegree.usc.edu or contact an enrollment adviser at (877) 830-8647.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Management requires 16 units. Each student will develop an individual academic plan and course of study under a faculty member’s guidance, subject to the program director’s approval.


For current USC graduate students, courses credited to the Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Management may be completed in conjunction with course work required for a program in which the student is already enrolled. Applicability of these courses to the student’s primary degree program is determined by the student’s home department.

Successful completion of the program is acknowledged by a certificate awarded by the university.

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