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Degrees / Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) / LIS Program  
The 24-credit certificate program provides an individualized program of study beyond the master's degree. Designed for those who do not wish to pursue the PhD degree, the program allows experienced professionals to explore such specialized fields as:  




Students enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science (CAS/LIS) program are, in most cases, seasoned professionals who have advanced in their careers in librarianship and information management and wish to update their skills and knowledge and enhance their professional development through a planned program of individualized study beyond the MLIS/MLS degree. The CAS/LIS program is a terminal program leading to a certificate rather than a degree and is designed specifically for those who do not wish to pursue the PhD degree, but who wish to continue their education along the lines of their special interests. This flexible program provides options that vary from working closely with a faculty member in a specific research area to taking a range of course work.

CAS/LIS Admission Requirements

For admission to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science (CAS/LIS) Program, applicants must:

  • Possess a Master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or a Master's degree in Information Science, with a quality point average of 3.00 (on a scale with A having a value of 4 points per credit), or equivalent qualification.
  • Complete all of the steps on the Admissions Application Process Checklist that is part of this application packet; Application for Admission Form, three (3) Letters of Recommendation Forms, and the University of Pittsburgh Application Data Form.
  • Choose a DLIS advisor who agrees to direct the student's work in the CAS/LIS program. A personal interview with the advisor is recommended.

CAS/LIS Program Requirements

To receive a CAS/LIS you must complete a total of 24 credits of course work acceptable to the advisor with a grade of B or better.

CAS/LIS Statute Of Limitations

Requirements for the CAS/LIS must be completed within a period of four calendar years from the student's initial registration in the program.


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For more information about the Library and Information Science Program,
please call 412.624.9420 or e-mail Debbie Day

School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh,
135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel: 412.624.3988 | Fax: 412.624.5231 
For information about Admissions & Financial Aid, please contact
Shabana Reza at 800.672.9435

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