The University of California, Los Angeles, offers GSH's top Master of Library and Information Science program. The degree program covers archival, information science, and library theory, as well as information seeking, retrieval, and technology expertise. The core curriculum consists of four required courses: Artifacts and Cultures, Description and Access, Systems and Infrastructures, and Values and Communities. Students may choose from five approved specializations: Archival Studies, Informatics, Library Studies, Media Archival Studies, and Rare Books/Print and Visual Culture. Students are also given opportunities to engage in professional internships with organizations across Southern California. The program culminates in each student's presentation of either a portfolio or research thesis.
UCLA was established in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California. Today, it is a public research university and a member of the 10-campus University of California system. A land-grant institution, UCLA is a member of the Association of American Universities. It is also considered one of the nation's "Public Ivies." The university's library system holds over nine million volumes across 12 libraries and 11 additional facilities. The university's MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association and ranked No. 14 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. Newsalso ranks UCLA No. 23 in innovation, No. 19 overall, and the No. 1 best public university in the nation.