The School of Library and Information Science, an exclusively masters program, is the largest graduate program in the University, the second largest graduate program of its kind in the U.S., and the only accredited program in library and information science in Ohio.
Kent State offers the only American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree program in Ohio, preparing students for positions of leadership in librarianship and the information professions. Students can complete the degree in a combination of on-site and online courses at the Kent Campus or Columbus site, or completely online through eDegree.
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 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. Find out what you can do with this major, and open the door to hundreds of career opportunities.
The eDegree is designed for students intending to complete their entire M.L.I.S. degree online.
Kent State University allows students to work on two master's degrees concurrently. The following are approved for students in the School of Library and Information Science:
Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Business Administration (M.L.I.S./M.B.A.)
Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (M.L.I.S./M.S. in IAKM); details can be found on the IAKM website.
Persons with outstanding undergraduate records or exemplary professional credentials may apply for early admission to the M.L.I.S. program. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for details.
The interdisciplinary M.S. in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) offers concentrations in health informatics, knowledge management and user experience design. M.L.I.S. students may take up to 12 credit hours in IAKM as electives toward their degree. Students who are looking for electives to round out their M.L.I.S. education, and especially those interested in special librarianship, should consider taking an IAKM course or two. Click the heading above for more information and download a brochure that highlights some recommended IAKM courses for M.L.I.S. students.
SLIS offers Certificates of Advanced Study in select areas for individuals who already hold a master's degree in library and information science and who are interested in expanding their professional skills in one of these areas:
Click on the heading above for more information about the certificates that are available.
SLIS workshops offer an in-depth look at relevant and timely subjects in the information field. They are open to current students and practicing professionals. Visit the Workshops page for details on upcoming workshops and registration information.