Master of Library Science

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The M.L.S. degree is designed to prepare professionals to work in academic, public, school, corporate and other special libraries, as well as other types of information environments. This preparation is achieved by:

  1. The acquisition of knowledge in a set of courses basic to an understanding of library and information studies,
  2. Advanced instruction in courses selected according to the student’s career goals,
  3. Completion of a practicum or internship (may be waived if the student has had comparable and substantial experience in a library or other information environment, to be replaced with an advisor-approved elective), and
  4. Completion of a final examination.

Master of Library Science Program of Study (36 semester credit hours)

Required Courses (21 SCH)
LS 5083Foundations of Library and Information Studies3
LS 5013Information Organization and Retrieval3
LS 5043Information and Communication Technology3
LS 5003Collection Development3
LS 5263Information Sources and Services3
LS 5383Library Management3
LS 5843Practicum3
Library Science Electives (15 SCH)
15 semester credit hours approved by advisor15
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Special Requirements

A cumulative ‘B’ average must be maintained. Any course with a grade of ‘C’ cannot be applied toward the student’s degree. Students are allowed to repeat a course once to improve a grade. No graduate library science course may be taken more than twice.

Final Examination

The Final Exam comprises submission of a professional portfolio, to be reviewed by the Final Exam Committee.

Special M.L.S. program for those holding the Ed.D. or Ph.D.

Required courses, listed above, plus 9 semester credit hours of Library Science electives
Total: 30 semester credit hours