Students can complete the MLIS degree by taking face-to-face classes or distance classes.
SLIS currently offers courses in four formats. Students may take courses in any combination of formats. For example, a student in New Orleans may take some classes face-to-face in Baton Rouge and some classes online. Most students take courses in a combination of formats.
- Face-to-Face –- students attend classes in Baton Rouge
- Online Synchronous–the entire class is online but there are scheduled meeting times using Adobe Connect. The Adobe Connect software is available free for LSU students.
- Online Asynchronous–the entire class is online and there are no scheduled meeting times.
- Compressed Video – students attend class in Baton Rouge. We currently offer very few courses in this format.
Students in the Archives Specialization may complete all degree requirements without taking any classes on the LSU campus, however the course offerings through the Archival Education Collaborative (AEC) are currently only available on the Baton Rouge campus through compressed video. It is possible to complete the degree without taking one of the AEC courses.
Information Management Specialization:
Students in the Information Management Specialization may complete all degree requirements without taking any classes on the LSU campus.
Students in the Library Specialization may complete all degree requirements without taking any classes on the LSU campus.
Students are expected to have necessary hardware, software and basic computer competencies. These are described in SLIS Technology Requirements.