Master of Library Science

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The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree is available entirely online and is designed to prepare professionals to work in information environments including:

  • Academic libraries
  • Public libraries
  • School libraries
  • Corporate and other special libraries

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).

The Master of Library Science degree program at Texas Woman's University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation , with the status of Continued accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2017.

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

Required Courses
LS 5083Foundations of Library and Information Studies3
LS 5053Information Retrieval3
LS 5043Information and Communication Technology3
LS 5023Information Organization3
LS 5003Collection Development3
LS 5263Information Sources and Services3
LS 5383Library Management3
LS 5843Practicum3
Library Science Electives
12 semester credit hours approved by advisor12
Total Semester Credit Hours36

For information on the M.L.S. with special focus, please see the SLIS website .  

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 the Final Exam Portfolio, to be reviewed by the Final Exam Committee.