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The University of the Philippines

The University of the Philippines is the country's premier institution of higher learning. Founded in 1908, and with a new Charter granted by law (R.A. 9500) in 2008, UP leads in setting academic standards and initiating innovation through its graduate programs, research activities, and public service. UP's education has a distinctive flavor evident in our graduates who embody the University's commitment to academic excellence, social responsibility, and democratic access. UP is the highest ranked university in the Philippines, placing 65th in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings and 396th in the QS World University Rankings. UP has eight constituent universities in 21 campuses, with its main campus in Diliman, Quezon City occupying a sprawling 493 hectares and home to more than 23,000 students.

The UP School of Library and Information Studies

The UP School of Library and Information Studies (UPSLIS) is the oldest and top performing library school in the Philippines.

UP was the first university in Southeast Asia to offer courses in Library Science in 1914. Post-war, the Institute of Library Science was formed in 1961 to offer a graduate program. Now known as the UPSLIS, we continue to lead and reinvent information science education and practice in the region. With 14 full-time faculty members, 17 part-time subject experts from industry, and a low student-teacher ratio of 11:1, UPSLIS provides the best foundation for entering work in the information professions.





Librarian Licensure Examination

Consistent Top Performing School


Center of Excellence

Our Programs

The BLIS program is an innovative and interdisciplinary program that aims to develop well-rounded graduates who are able to:

  • Manage information resources, services, tools, and organizations
  • Assess information needs and design responsive information services for diverse users and communities
  • Apply ethical and legal principles in handling information issues faced by individuals, organization, and societies
  • Appreciate the dynamic relationship between information, technology, and society to develop information systems
  • Conduct research using LIS tools and concepts towards the expansion of knowledge in the field and develop solutions to information-related problems

The Bachelor of Library and Information Science is a four-year, 138 unit program that allows students to:

  • Develop a broad foundation in library and information science (LIS)
  • Pursue minor programs within and beyond the School
  • Design a program of study in preparation for medical school, law school, or other graduate programs

Through electives, students may choose to specialize in certain “tracks”:

  • Librarianship
  • Archives and Records Management
  • Information Studies
  • Informatics and Data Science
  • Health Information
  • Legal Information
  • Digital Humanities

Key Information

New high school graduates can apply to the BLIS program through the UP admissions process (UPCAT) via

College students from a different university may transfer to the BLIS program through the Office of the University Registrar

The MLIS program offers a venue for intellectual and professional conversations on research-focused approaches and evidence-based practices, towards the advancement of professionals in information sciences. The program creates leaders in the profession who promote a sense of humanity and justice through critical and transformative practice, and embody the principles of honor and excellence towards nation-building as UP scholars.

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) is a taught postgraduate program that provides the skills and knowledge to start a career in the information professions. Graduates learn to manage information sources and services in academic, public, research and special libraries, knowledge centers, as well as archives and records offices.

Key Information

Modes and Duration Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 3-5 years
maximum allowed residence of 5 year
Credits MLIS with thesis: 36 units
MLIS with special project: 37 units
Each credit unit is at least 16 hours of instruction in the form of lecture, discussion, seminar, tutorial, recitation, or any combination of these forms.
Entry Requirements

The basic requirement for admission is a Bachelor's degree from an accredied Higher Education Institution in the Philippines, or an equivalent foreign qualification, with a general weighted average of at least 2.10 in the UP Scale.

English Proficiency Requirement for International Students

If your native language is nor English you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of English proficiency.

The MAARM program is currently undergoing proposal and is slated to be offered in 2022/23. Keep an eye on this space for when we offer the program!

Non-degree students, with credit

Students who are interested in taking courses offered by UPSLIS may apply as a non-degree student for no more than one semester. As there is no specific program of study, these students will not be eligible for graduation. The courses they have taken will be reflected in their Transcript of Records (TOR). Since they do not follow any organized program of study, non-degree students are not prospective candidates for graduation for any degree in the University. However, these courses may be credited towards MLIS should the student choose to apply and be accepted to the program within five years of earning the course credit.

Special Students, without credit

Mature students (such as retired librarians, pensioners who love books, or grandparents doing genealogical research) who want to keep updated or engage with the latest theories and principles in LIS may be admitted as special students without credit and may enroll in such courses for which, in the opinion of the course instructor and the Dean, they have the necessary background knowledge and ability to pursue profitably.

Special students shall not be allowed to enroll for more than 9 units a semester or to register for more than two (2) years, except by special permission of the Dean. They may register for particular subjects within a semester when permissible under the system of instruction adopted by the college. These students do not earn formal academic credit. However, subjects taken even though without credit may be reported at the end of each semester as “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory”. Special students pay the same fees as regular students and may register at any time without the payment of fine for late registration, subject to other regulations of the University.

Seminars and Trainings

UPSLIS regularly offers seminars and training programs on a wide array of subjects, free or at a minimal cost. Institutions may also request specific training for employees and we will work with them to deliver a program that best fit their requirements.