Making Knowledge Accessible to All.

The graduate program in Library and Information Science is expected to be one of the enduring successes of the American University in the Emirates, bringing together a mixture of theory and practice that truly demonstrates activities found in the workplace. The course will enable learners to obtain a professionally accredited graduate level qualification. The course also focuses on the digital transition of recent years, coupled with high level skills in organizing, managing and retrieving information using modern tools and techniques.

  • Demonstrate theoretical and functional knowledge in the field of Library and Information Science
  • Demonstrate practical skills in the library and information services
  • Collect, analyze and interpret information to meet specific user needs
  • Ability to hold managerial positions in libraries and information centers
  • Ability to effectively and professionally utilize various library tools and standards
  • Appropriately present required information to users by making use of relevant reference sources
  • Apply innovative professional techniques and services in order to serve stakeholders and academic community interests
  • Ability to use a variety of modern computer-based tools and systems in the library work
  • Skillfully use state-of-the art gadgets and develop digital library services
  • Skills to protect and preserve documents that are old and need special care
  • Ability to determine relevant industry standards and ethics and to comply accordingly.
  • Ability to conduct fruitful research to locate required information
  • Use appropriate print, digital and online resources to stay abreast of relevant trends within the profession and research technical issues
  • Develop skills and attitudes in students to perform business and management functions that experiences self-improvement and professional growth
  • Demonstrate research knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a doctoral degree


  • Bachelor degree with cumulative GPA 3.0 OUT OF 4.0
  • English proficiency (can be exempted)
  • Work experience
  • Letter of interest & interview


The American University in the Emirates is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education |


  • Tuition (one semester)

    Approx. 24,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One time)

    3,500 AED

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This course will introduce students to the history of libraries and information institutions touching upon the situation in the UAE. The course provides an overview of the role and dynamics of libraries and information in society and reviews the emerging technologies in information management and services in the light of current professional developments and issues.

This course will provide students with the ability to use the ICT in the manipulation and communication of information. It further makes them able to operate efficiently in an electronic environment and be in line with the global developments and standards.

This course will provide students with skills for management of financial and human resources in library and information institutions and it review modern management techniques and their application in library operations and its performance measurements. It further helps them in the preparation of manual procedures and guidance for problems solving.

This course provides students with an in depth understanding and use of information storage and retrieval systems and apply them in management of information and its evaluation.

This course will enable students to identify and assess user needs. Formulation of Policies and Procedures that support the selection, acquisition, evaluation and maintenance of information sources in print and electronic formats. Budget allocation is done to achieve a balanced collection that meets the needs of diverse user communities.

This course will provide students with an introduction to empirical research and introduce them to qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application in designing and planning research in library and information field.

This course will introduce students to the library technical services including acquisition, cataloguing and classification, indexing and serial control and to the theory and structure of bibliographic records emphasizing the principles of cataloging and classification using Graduate Catalog 2016 - 17 50 traditional and machine-readable tools with emphasis on the changing information landscape. Creation of MARC records. Import and export records from cataloging sources such as OCLC and AUC. The Online Cataloging is practiced through Cataloging software like Data Crow and Soft Cat during the course



Students are free to select two courses (6 credits hours) from the following courses.

This course will introduce students to the history of the book publishing and information industry. It deals with the organization and structure of the book trade in the UAE and other GCC countries and relationships between the publishing chains. Electronic publishing and new forms of information will be highly emphasized. It further covers the organizational business, manufacturing and marketing of printed materials and other multi-media materials.

This course serves as an introduction to the responsibilities of archivists and records managers working in today’s business, government and non-profit environments, particularly the theoretical principles, methodologies and practical administration of such programs. It presents the evolution of the several recordkeeping professions and the development of theories of the identification and management of records and recordkeeping systems.

This course offers an introduction to modern marketing concepts and their application in profit and non-profit organizations. It addresses the environment in which all types of libraries and information services operate, and provides the student with an opportunity to apply marketing concepts to information services operation. It explores the question, “how can a library or information service determine the needs and wants of its target patrons, and go about satisfying them in such a way as to become (or remain) an information provider of choice?”

This course covers the field of digital libraries with an emphasis on the interplay of people, organizations and technology. It will demonstrate and exemplify current activities in the digital library field, and will give students up-to-date, hands-on experience in a rapidly developing field. Students will plan and create fully operational models for real- life digital library activities.

This course introduces the major types of special libraries, their purposes and functions, appropriate principles of administration, and some aspects of the collections and services offered in special libraries. The course will also talk about the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in organizations. The roles of national, regional and international organizations will be discussed.

This course introduces students to the principles that support the development and implementation of Metadata schemes; to the issues of interoperability, internal and external standardization, and evaluation of Metadata schemes; and to the role of Metadata architectures, registries and crosswalks. The class is structured to provide extensive opportunities for hands-on application of these principles and practices in the development, implementation and evaluation of a variety of metadata structures.

This course aims to provide knowledge of the role of Information Technology in archival work, at the theoretical and pragmatic level. Through lectures, guest speaker presentations, educational visits and handson experience. Students will gain insight into relevant technology-raised issues, and will learn what kind of technology is applied in archives.

This course provides students with an understanding of Information Sources and Services, underlying the concept of reference services with emphasis on information inquiry problem and provision of authoritative solutions to users.



Conducted under the supervision of a faculty member assigned as Advisor, this work enables the students to make a Research on a chosen topic and prepare a report on the study conducted and its results. Emphasis will be given on methods of data collection and analysis, conclusions on the basis of the findings of the study and proper presentation of the study in a desired format.



This course is intended to provide the student with supervised field work experience in an approved cooperating library. Students will have the opportunity to practice acquired skills and knowledge in real library situation bridging the gap between the University and workplace. Students will be required to submit periodic progress reports and a final one identifying problems and critical examination. Supervised On-the-Job Learning Experiences in Library/Media/Information Center settings with seminars will be provided to students to enable them develop practice knowledge and skills. It is a work experience and part of the program. All students must complete the training before becoming eligible for the MLIS.



Course A | sun –tue | 5:00 pm –8:00 pm
Course B | mon –wed | 5:00 pm –8:00 pm
If one course is registered, one timing would be selected


Course A | fri –sat | 9:00 am –12:00 pm
Course B | fri –sat | 2:00 pm –5:00 pm
If one course is registered, one timing would be selected


Student can join anytime during the year at the beginning of any block








The MLIS will be specialized based on the thesis topic | extra letter will be provided