The Master of Arts in Library Science degree is available entirely online and is designed to prepare library and information professionals to conduct research in different types of information environments.
This preparation is achieved by:
- the acquisition of knowledge in a set of courses basic to an understanding of library and information studies;
- advanced instruction in a set of research courses;
- 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
- completion of a thesis.
As graduates conduct their professional research and/or move into doctoral programs in librarianship, they will make effective contributions to library research.
The Master of Arts in 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 2025.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Apply professional competencies in acquiring, organizing, delivering, and preserving information and knowledge.
- Demonstrate evidence-based practice in professional decision-making.
- Plan for community-embedded services to meet the needs of diverse constituencies.
- Apply technologies to meet information needs in a variety of contexts.
- Disseminate professional knowledge through venues such as teaching, research, publication, and service activities.
- Plan for continuous, career-long professional development.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
39 semester credit hours (SCH).
|LS 5083||Foundations of Library and Information Studies||3|
|LS 5053||Information Retrieval||3|
|LS 5043||Information and Communication Technology||3|
|LS 5023||Information Organization||3|
|LS 5003||Collection Development||3|
|LS 5263||Information Sources and Services||3|
|LS 5383||Library Management||3|
|LS 5753||Research Methods||3|
|3 semester credit hours in Library Science and other disciplines as approved by faculty advisor|
|3 semester credit hours||3|
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.