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Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.)

Program Overview

The M.L.I.S. degree program at Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) has a history of excellence. As the only American Library Association-accredited library science master's degree program in Ohio, SLIS at Kent State is renowned for library and information science scholarship, research and education in the state, and ranks among the top 20 programs in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Read more about how the M.L.I.S. program is evaluated by the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation.

Students can complete the degree in a combination of on-site and online courses at the Kent Campus or Columbus site, or completely online. Courses may be offered as online and on-campus (in Kent or Columbus) classes, on-campus only, online only, or in a blended method of delivery. A significant number of courses are offered only online. Students should review Expectations for Online Students and Proficiencies and Tools for Online Students in preparation for this type of coursework.

Graduates with the M.L.I.S. degree go on to fill various kinds of positions in libraries, information agencies, museums and cultural organizations and companies of all sorts and sizes. Many Kent State students who earn their master's degree in library and information science 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.

Listed below are more than a dozen possible specializations or career paths, although students may choose electives to fit their particular professional goals, in consultation with their advisor.


M.L.I.S. Career Paths (Guidesheets)



Program Requirements

The M.L.I.S. degree requires 37 semester hours for students under catalog year 2013 (36 semester hours for catalog years 2012 and before).  Students earning the M.L.I.S. with K-12 school library media licensure complete 39 semester hours of coursework if under the catalog year 2011 and after (36 semester hours for catalog year 2010 and before). This option is available only to students who have current standard teaching credentials in the state of Ohio.

Required Courses

All M.L.I.S. students must take the following core courses:

  • LIS 60000 Tools for M.L.I.S. Success
  • LIS 60001 Access to Information
  • LIS 60002 Organization of Information
  • LIS 60003 Information Technology for Library and Information Professionals
  • LIS 60600 Foundations of Library and Information Science
  • LIS 60610 Management for Library and Information Professionals
  • LIS 60670 Culminating Experience OR LIS 60199/60299 Thesis

Students are expected to complete all requirements for the master's degree and graduate within six (6) consecutive years from the date of initial enrollment. Students who exceed this time limit may petition for a one-year extension.