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Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Pursue your interests and advance your career

Do you already have a master's degree in library and information science? Do you want to update your skills, gain greater specialization, or redirect your career without pursuing a PhD? The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) provides the flexibility and expert faculty guidance to help you expand your professional reach.

What specializations are available?

Work with our experienced advisors to develop a specialization based on your interests or to pursue a CAS concentration in Digital Libraries. Examples of specializations include library and information center administration, information technology, and information management, or a specific library function such as children's services, reference and instruction, or technical services.

What are the components of the program?

  • 32 credit hours of coursework
  • Completion of a CAS project for 8 credit hours
  • Oral examination

I decided to apply [for a CAS in Digital Libraries] toward the end of my master's program. I was specializing in data curation and really enjoyed the technology-focused courses. I wanted to take this further and learn more about developing and maintaining repositories for sharing and preserving research data projects.

Heidi Uphoff (MS '12, CAS '16), Computing Infrastructure Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories

Complete your coursework on campus or online

Experience everything our School has to offer, either on campus or online. We understand the importance of flexibility to busy professionals. Our in-person and real-time classrooms offer rigorous academics, peer collaboration, and faculty engagement without having to move to campus. So, you can complete the CAS wherever you are.

Dive deep into what interests you

This program is all about customization. You choose your focus and then dive in, matching your coursework to your area of interest. Next, you design and complete a project that furthers that study. It's innovative work with practical results, like these projects completed by some recent CAS students. More projects are available in IDEALS, the University's digital repository for scholarly works.

  • "Understanding Children's Perspectives on Computing: How School Libraries Empower Students Through Technology Infused Curriculum," Amy Brokaw (CAS '20)
  • "Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a New Mainstream in Public Libraries," Zhonghong Wang (CAS '20)
  • "Exploratory Case Study in Tibetan Text," Alec Veda (CAS '19)
  • "The Librarian's QUILTBAG: Sexuality and Gender Acceptance in the Library," Christine Young (CAS '19)

Dedicated support

At the iSchool, you will engage with world-class faculty and collaborate with committed students who are pursuing their passion, just like you. Plus, you will have access to a team of advisors, staff members, and mentors who will help you customize your program and who are dedicated to your success.

Note: The School of Information Sciences complies with the U.S. Department of Education's Gainful Employment requirements by disclosing information to applicants regarding our Certificate of Advanced Study program. Required information is available at the Office of the Provost's website.

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Moises Orozco Villicana, Director of Enrollment Management