Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Library and Information Science
Curriculum: This 40 semester hour course of study is structured to encourage students to design programs that meet specific educational and career goals. A sequence of 32 hours of courses is developed by students with their advisors. The final eight hours are the C.A.S. project, a substantive investigation of a problem in librarianship or information science, which is followed by a final oral examination (see a list of past C.A.S projects).
Up to 16 credit hours may be taken at Illinois outside of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. A maximum of 12 graduate credit hours, with a grade B or better, may be transferred in, subject to review by GSLIS and the Graduate College. Transfer hours cannot have been used to fulfill the requirements of a degree earned at another institution and must have been completed within the last five years at an accredited institution. Overall, a total of at least 24 credit hours (16 hours of course work plus 8 hours of CAS project) must be completed at GSLIS.
Completion time for the Certificate of Advanced Study varies widely. Full-time students may finish in two semesters and one summer, but students have five years to complete the program.