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The Master of Library and Information Science prepares students for professional positions in academic, public, special, school libraries, museums and other types of information agencies. Graduates with the M.L.I.S. degree can also find jobs in cultural organizations and companies of all sorts and sizes. Many M.L.I.S. graduates go on to positions in other areas of the information field besides libraries – in research, for example, or publishing, information management, competitive business intelligence and more. The American Library Association has granted continued accreditation to the Kent State M.L.I.S. program for over 50 years. An accredited M.L.I.S. is the basic requirement for professional employment in most libraries and information centers.
The degree program is available 100 percent online. An option for an on-campus program offers a limited number of select face-to-face courses and a majority of online courses.
The student has the option of taking general electives for the M.L.I.S. or focusing in one or more areas. The School provides advising to help students select appropriate courses for a variety of areas of specialization.
Students interested in School Library Media licensure have three pathways: M.L.I.S. degree with K-12 School Library Media Licensure, Dual Degree M.Ed./ M.L.I.S. degrees with K-12 School Library Media Licensure, or K-12 School Library Media Licensure only. The K-12 School Library media Licensure only program prepares graduates to work in school libraries only, leads to a multi-age licensure in school library media, and includes library science and instructional technology courses. In addition, they must successfully complete the exam for Library Media Specialists, administered by the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson.
A number of M.L.I.S. degree options provide training in the theory and practice in the following:
For K-12 School Media Licensure
Official transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, GRE if total GPA is below 3.0 in highest completed degree, TOEFL for international students, goal statement and biographical sketch. In calculating the total GPA, all grades from all courses taken at relevant level (baccalaureate or master's) from all institutions are required. Prospective students should complete the application process no later than September 15 for spring admission, January 15 for summer admission and March 15 for fall admission. For further details on admission procedures and deadlines, prospective students should consult the school's web site.
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.
The Master of Library and Information Science degree requires a minimum of 37 hours.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
Students must choose between a 3-hour culminating experience (LIS 60092, or LIS 60098, or LIS 60792) or a 6-hour master's thesis (LIS 60199) to meet degree requirements. LIS 60792 Culminating Experience Practicum in K-12 Libraries is available only to students selecting a course of study in K-12 Libraries.
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