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Library and Information Studies, Advanced Certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Library and Information Studies is for you if you have completed your MS in Information and Library Science degree and want to upgrade your competencies or wish to change career directions. It requires the completion of 18 credit hours of carefully planned, interdisciplinary study tailored to your academic needs and goals.

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Program Overview

The Library and Information Science (LIS) Advanced Certificate program has been designed for:

  • Librarians or information workers in the field who need specialized knowledge, want to upgrade their competencies, or wish to change career directions.
  • Current MS in Information and Library Science students who desire to continue their education and obtain additional specialized learning for even better job prospects.

A program of study can be tailored to your individual needs and career goals with the help of a faculty advisor. Examples of possible options:

  • A specialization in information technology
  • A specialization in advanced management
  • A school media specialist retraining as a special librarian
  • A generalist approach-update knowledge and competencies in more than one specific area
To apply you must have a MS in Information and Library Science degree. You will also be asked to come for an admission interview to review your program objectives. Current MS in Information and Library Science students need not supply transcripts or letters of reference.

Why Choose Library and Information Science?

Information professionals help connect people with information and technology. Graduates of our program find rewarding work at the center of information-rich environments. Information professionals have the opportunity for life-long learning, enjoy excellent working conditions, and have national and international mobility.

Application Requirements

Our Library & Information Science, Advanced Certificate program features flexible options that offer both fall and spring admission.  Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis.

In order to apply, you must have a MS in Information and Library Science degree. You will also be asked to come for an admission interview to review your program objectives. 

To apply for admission, please submit the following materials:

  • A completed online application.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Official transcripts from each institution that you have attended. If you are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB you do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions will download and print the transcript for you.
  • Two letters of recommendation. 

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name.  If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes official copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.


Recommendation Letters:

If your program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.

Program Requirements

The Library and Information Studies (LIS) Advanced Certificate program consists of 18 credit hours of carefully planned, interdisciplinary study tailored to the academic needs and goals of the each student.
In addition, students may participate in:
  • Special Directed Studies may be arranged in areas not covered by formal courses.
  • Internships for academic credit can also be arranged, e.g. an administrative internship with a library director.

An Advanced Studies Project (6 credit hours) is the culmination of the program. Through individual study under the guidance of an advisor and a special committee, the student is prepared for one of the following: a comprehensive exam; a research paper; or a demonstration project.

You can attend full or part time. Full-time Certificate students are eligible for graduate assistantships.  It is possible to transfer in up to six recent graduate credit hours not already counted toward a degree.  The program must be completed within five years.


What is the Time Commitment?

Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.

Learn More

The Library and Information Studies (LIS) Advanced Certificate program is within the Department of Information and Library Science in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.

University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.