Jul 17, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
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Library and Information Management Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Management (LIM), offered 100% online, is designed to develop advanced knowledge in library management and leadership for professionals who are looking for career advancement.


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.

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

For questions about the LIM certificate or the application process, please email mmlis.admissions@marshall.usc.edu or call (213) 740-2741.

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.

The approved course plan will include two required courses:


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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