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Dual & Multiple Degree Options

Students in the School of Library and Information Science may pursue a second master's degree while working toward the M.L.I.S. Approved options include the following:


M.Ed. / M.L.I.S.-School Library Media

This 57 credit-hour course of study leads to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree and multi-age licensure in School Library Media.This program, offered in cooperation with the College of Education, Health and Human Services, prepares students to work in all types of libraries, including school libraries, and confers the initial teaching license. 

The program of study includes professional educational requirements, library and information science and instructional technology courses. Advising of students in the dual degree program is handled by the School of Library and Information Science. For more information and advising resources, visit the K-12 School Librarianship page.

Applicants must submit the online graduate admission application and pay the application fee only once. To select the correct dual degree option applicants should enter one of the following options on the application:

  • Admitting Academic Unit:  College of Communication and Information
    Program: Master of Library and Information Science
    Major: Library/Information Science
    Concentration: Dual Degree M.Ed./M.L.I.S. SLM
OR
  • Admitting Academic Unit: College of Education Health and Human Services
    Program:  Master of Education
    Major: Instructional Technology
    Concentration: Dual Degree M.Ed./M.L.I.S. SLM
Applicants are required to submit any and all documents required by each department. Each program makes an independent admission decision based on their admission policies and procedures.

For information on the admissions policies and procedures for the M.L.I.S, please visit http://www.kent.edu/slis/admissions/admissions-information.cfm.Questions about the M.L.I.S. application and required documentation should be directed to the School of Library and Information Science:

  • School of Library and Information Science
    slisinform@kent.edu
    Phone: 330-672-2782
    Fax: 330-672-7965
For information on the admission policies and procedures for the Master of Education please refer to http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/itec/admissions-process.cfm. Questions about the M.Ed. application and required documentation should be directed to the College of Education, Health and Human Services:
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Services
    admaffairs@kent.edu
    Phone: 330-672-0552
    Fax: 330-672-2285


M.L.I.S. / M.S. in IAKM

The M.L.I.S./M.S. in IAKM multiple degree option requires a total of 57 to 60 credit hours: 22 credit hours of M.L.I.S. core coursework, 15 credit hours of IAKM courses in the chosen concentration (health informatics, knowledge management, user experience design), 18 credit hours of IAKM electives in the chosen concentration, and a thesis, master’s project, capstone experience or culminating experience. Students may share up to 24 credit hours while earning both master’s degrees.

The combination of LIS and IAKM coursework makes students more marketable in a library or information center environment that requires an ALA-accredited degree and also provides enhanced employment options in a wide variety of settings. For more information, contact Academic Program Coordinator Janna Korzenko at jkorzenk@kent.edu or 330-672-5841.


M.L.I.S. / M.B.A

The Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) multiple degree program is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming managers of large libraries and information centers. The accredited M.L.I.S. is the recognized degree for professional librarians and other information professionals. The M.B.A. is recognized as the graduate degree of choice for those seeking professional management roles in both the profit and nonprofit sector.

Students interested in this dual degree option must apply separately and be accepted by both the School of Library and Information Science and the Graduate School of Management. Check with each program for admissions requirements and with the Division of Graduate Studies to have their application materials applied to both program admission applications. Each program makes an independent admission decision.

The dual degree requires completion of 69 to 70 credit hours as follows: 33 to 34 credit hours in business (normally 60 hours for the M.B.A.), 26 hours in library and information science (normally 37 hours for the M.L.I.S.), plus 11 credit hours in which either M.L.I.S. or M.B.A. courses can be taken. Students taking two courses per semester (an average of six credit hours), including summers, can complete the requirements for the M.L.I.S./M.B.A. degree in as few as four years.