The Dual Degree Program is designed to allow students to earn both an MAS and an MLIS. Students considering this option should carefully read the descriptions for both the MLIS and the MAS degrees.

The two master's degrees, MAS and MLIS, are awarded on the completion of a total of 81 credits of work approved by the School.

Of these 81 credits, at least 36 must be ARST (MAS) and 36 must be LIBR (MLIS). The remaining nine credits can be a combination of ARST, LIBR, or other approved courses.

The required courses are:

The MAS Core courses

  • ARST 510: Archival Diplomatics (3 credits)
  • ARST 515: Arrangement And Description Of Archival Documents (3 credits)
  • ARST 516: Management of Current Records (3 credits)
  • ARST 573: (3) Archival Systems and the Profession
  • Students must also take:
  • ARST 520: Selection And Acquisition Of Archival Documents (3 credits)
    Note: this is a prerequisite for some ARST electives

The MLIS Core courses

  • LIBR 506: Human Information Interaction (3 credits)
  • LIBR 507: Methods of Research and Evaluation in Information Organizations (3 credits)
  • LIBR 508: Information Practices in Contemporary Society (3 credits)
  • LIBR 509: Foundations of Resource Description and Knowledge Organization (3 credits)

Students must also take:

  • ARST 570: Management of Libraries and Archives or LIBR 504: Management of Information Organizations  (3 credits; students cannot take both - stated pre-requisites must be met for the given course)

Please note that Co-op credits DO NOT count towards the credits required the Dual MAS/MLIS degrees.

Students in the Dual MAS/MLIS program should be familiar with the school's Academic Regulations, which contain details on:

  • Advancement Regulations
  • Examinations, Assignments & Attendance
  • Academic Work Load

Core Courses

Students in the Dual MAS/MLIS program will complete both the MAS Core courses and the MLIS Core courses. Students starting their program in the September term will begin with the MAS Core courses, whereas students who start in the January term must begin with the MLIS Core courses.


Candidates admitted to the Dual MAS/MLIS program will be assigned an adviser from each of the two degree programs. These advisers will be able to assist the student in selecting electives from both the MAS and MLIS programs.

First Nations Curriculum Concentration (FNCC)

The First Nations Curriculum Concentration (FNCC) is designed to prepare information professionals to work effectively with Aboriginal communities in support of ongoing developments in Aboriginal culture and languages, self-government, treaty negotiation and litigation.
During their program of study, iSchool students enrolled in the FNCC develop a strong foundation in their chosen program (MAS, MLIS, or Dual MAS/MLIS). In addition, they build a deep appreciation for the influence of the information professions on Indigenous histories and ongoing Indigenous initiatives. As an integral part of the concentration, students are supported in gaining experience working in Indigenous-oriented information organizations.

Students interesting in pursuing the FNCC can access more information here.

UBC Faculty of Arts Co-op Program

The Arts Co-op program is a fantastic way for students in the MLIS program to supplement their income and apply their skills in a real world environment.

For information on the Co-op program, please visit the Co-op information page. Please note that while on a co-op placement, you are registered in an Arts Co-op course; however, these credits do NOT count towards the 81 credits required for your Dual MAS/MLIS degree.

For-Credit Experiential Learning Options

Students also have the opportunity to complete unpaid field work for academic credit. Students in the Dual MAS/MLIS program have the following course-based experiential learning options:

  • Archival Studies Experiential Learning Options
  • ARST 595: Internship (3 credits)
  • ARST 596: Professional Experience (3 credits)
  • Library and Information Studies Experiential Learning Options
  • LIBR 595: Practicum (0 credits, but recognized on transcript)
  • LIBR 596: Professional Experience (3 credits)
  • Cross-listed Experiential Learning Options (students may only take this course once)
  • ARST 575R/ LIBR 569R: Graduating Project (3 credits)

Students can learn more about these Experiential Learning options here.

A student with research interests may elect to write a 12-credit thesis in one of the two fields, but not both.

Consultation with the appropriate Faculty Adviser should begin before the student has completed one-half of the required courses. The decision to do so must be confirmed with the Faculty Adviser before the end of the term in which the student completes 24 credits of course work, after which a thesis advisory committee will be established and a supervisor assigned. The thesis will be prepared and examined according to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Program Start Date

The Dual MAS/MLIS program may be started in September or January.

Average Length of Program

The average completion time of the Dual MAS/MLIS program is 2.5 - 3 years.

Maximum Length of Program

UBC's Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations require completion of master's degree requirements within five years of initial registration (see Duration of Study).

Part-Time Study

It is not possible to complete the Dual MAS/MLIS program on a part-time basis.

Students enrolled in the MAS or MLIS program may apply to transfer to the Dual MAS/MLIS program. A limited number of spaces are allocated each intake for transfer students, so students should expect a competitive process. Successful applicants will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement, quality of responses to the questionnaire, and promise of professional success in the archival and library fields.

Students considering a transfer should schedule an appointment with the Student Services Coordinator to discuss the process.

For students who begin their program in September, transfer applications are due by Feb. 1 of their first academic year. For students who begin their program in January, transfer applications are due by June 1 of their first academic year.

Applications will be reviewed by the relevant Admission Subcommittee.