Academics

SLIS West supports the Master of Science in Library and Information Science, as well as concentrations in Archives Management and School Library Teacher. Students meet the requirements of the MS degree by completing face-to-face, blended, and online courses. All courses required of all students and a diversity of elective courses are offered on site at SLIS West; however, specialized elective courses may only be available to SLIS West students online or at the Boston Campus.

Academic Support

SLIS West students are assigned advisors located at the SLIS West Campus. In addition Academic support is available for SLIS West students with a variety of academic needs through the Student Services Center (SSC) which offers Academic Advising and Support online to SLIS West students.

The SSC can:

  • advise SLIS West students with study skills and time management
  • connect students with the Writing Center where students can submit papers for review online
  • offer help to students learning English as a Second Language
  • accommodate students with disabilities

SLIS West students looking for a subject tutor for a specific course should contact the SLIS West Program Manager for accommodation.

Please see the Course Schedules page for information on SLIS West and Boston courses.

SLIS West courses schedules are designed for students taking two courses per semester with courses primarily scheduled on Saturday mornings and afternoon. Occasional weekday evening courses are also offered. Students who wish to take a third course typically opt to take an online course in addition to their SLIS West face to face courses. 

Please contact your advisor or the SLIS West Program Manager if you have specific questions about SLIS West courses. 

If you have questions about registration or schedules in AARC or encounter an issue while trying to register please contact slisreg@simmons.edu.

Course Schedules

Visit Course Schedules for information on SLIS West and Boston courses.

SLIS West usually offers around 25 courses per academic year. All core courses are offered at least twice per year and we strive to offer a balanced number of courses across the curriculum that provide a solid foundation in LIS and Archives to allow students to complete their degree on the SLIS West campus. However, not all specialized courses, concentration requirements and electives are available at SLIS West. When considering courses students are encouraged to consider all available courses, including those offered in Boston and online, to fulfill their degree requirements.

Students are required to take LIS 407 and LIS 415 within their first 12 credits. Students are encouraged to take the Technology course requirement within the first 12 credits as well.

Please contact your advisor or Eric Poulin if you have specific questions about SLIS West courses.

If you have questions about registration or schedules in AARC or encounter an issue while trying to register please contact slisreg@simmons.edu.