Master of Library Science


The Master of Library Science program prepares professionals for careers as librarians and information specialists. The program provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to be competent professionals in libraries and other information environments. Students develop an individualized plan of study that includes advanced instruction in a specialized subject area and a practicum experience aligned with their interests and career goals. The Master of Library Science program is available entirely online.


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 2025.

Marketable Skills

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."

  1. Deliver innovative, high-quality services responsive to the needs of diverse communities
  2. Utilize technologies to meet changing information needs.
  3. Develop, organize, and manage library collections. 
  4. Help people find, evaluate, and use information.
  5. Assess library collections, programs, and services.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

The academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours (SCH).

Required Courses
LS 5083Foundations of Library and Information Studies3
LS 5053Information Retrieval3
LS 5043Information and Communication Technology3
LS 5023Information Organization3
LS 5003Collection Development and Management3
LS 5263Information Sources and Services3
LS 5383Library Management3
LS 5843Practicum3
Library Science Electives (approved by advisor)12
Total SCHs36

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.