Library and Information Science, AC

Our advanced certificate in library and information science is for you if you have completed your master's degree in information and library science and want to upgrade your competencies or wish to change career directions. This program requires the completion of 18 credit hours of interdisciplinary study tailored to your academic needs and goals.

On this page:

Why Library and Information Science at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • flexible course delivery (online); enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and varied course times (evening classes available)
  • internships for academic credit can also be arranged (e.g., an administrative internship with a library director) to gain real-world experience
  • specialized directed studies options, including information technology, advanced management and special librarian
  • student-centered learning experiences, including student groups and chapter activities, departmental seminars and opportunities to serve on committees to enrich learning and networking

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate
Credits required for completion 18
Time to completion 2 full-time semesters 
Course delivery Online

Examples include:

  • advanced management
  • information technology
  • special librarian
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: May 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

  • You will be expected to take, or have taken, a graduate level research methods course appropriate to your area of interest.
  • If you are a full-time certificate student, you are eligible for a graduate assistantship.
  • Special directed studies may be arranged in areas not covered by formal courses.
  • An advanced studies project (6 credit hours) is the culmination of this program. Through individual study under the guidance of an advisor and a special committee, you are prepared for one of the following: a comprehensive exam, a research paper or a demonstration project.

Application Requirements

You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. You must have a master's degree in LIS or in a related field. You will also be asked to come for an admission interview to review your program objectives. If you are a current MLS student, you do not need to supply transcripts or letters of reference.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Statement of education and career goals

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicants

Canadian Applicants
  • Canadian citizens may study in the U.S. on a part-time basis and must be bona fide Canadian citizens. Part-time Canadian students must be commuters; document financial capability for the number of credits they intend to register for; part-time Canadians are not permitted to reside in the U.S.
  • Non-Canadian citizens (that is, permanent residents and/or Landed Immigrants) may not study on a part-time basis (they must hold an F-1 Student Visa which requires full-time study and financial documentation; full-time and commuting is permitted).
  • If enrolled in a full-time graduate program, Canadians are treated as international students by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, and must provide International Admissions with complete financial documentation to qualify for and receive a Certificate of Visa Eligibility.
International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

Learn More

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.