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Students work in the Digital Laboratory in SLIS.
Students work in the Digital Laboratory in SLIS.

The School of Library and Information Science offers degree options and learning opportunities for students, scholars and professionals interested in librarianship and other information professions, including health informatics, knowledge management and user experience design.

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

The Master of Library and Information Science degree prepares students to be leaders in the evolving fields of librarianship and information professions. You can tailor coursework to your interests by choosing from 14 career specializations — or make your own path — and a culminating experience that prepares you for your next step. And you can take classes completely online, or at the Kent Campus or Columbus site. (All M.L.I.S. courses are online; a limited number of select courses are also offered at the Kent and Columbus locations.)

Dual or Multiple Degree Options

Kent State allows master's students to work on two degrees concurrently, and undergraduates can pursue early admission to a master's program. The following are approved for students in the School of Library and Information Science:

Master of Science in IAKM

The Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) offers concentrations in three emerging information areas:

  • Health informatics focuses on how information is captured, transmitted and used in the continuum of healthcare delivery.
  • Knowledge management focuses on methods for capturing and making knowledge an asset for organizations.
  • User experience design addresses the structural, informational, psychological and emotional aspects of what makes a successful user interface, whether it’s web, mobile, tablet or any other device.

Ph.D. in Communication and Information

The School is part of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the College of Communication and Information. Curriculum begins with core courses in communication and information and then becomes more specialized. You have the opportunity to create your own combination of courses based on your master’s degree background and research interests from across the College, drawing on the strengths of all faculty and schools. Visit the CCI Ph.D. site for more information.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science

A Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science will help expand your professional skills if you already hold a master's degree in library and information science.

Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics or Knowledge Management

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in Knowledge Management can help individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree to make a shift in their careers or add to their skills. Both certificates require 18 credit hours of coursework.

Continuing Study

Professionals may continue their formal education by taking individual courses and workshops to deepen their skills in a particular area.

K-12 School Library Media Licensure

The program for K-12 School Library Media Licensure only (without the M.L.I.S.) prepares students to work in school libraries only, leads to a multi-age licensure in school library media and incorporates courses from the School of Library and Information Science and Instructional Technology (in the College of Education, Health and Human Services).