Advanced Study in Library and Information Science (Post Master’s) Graduate Certificate Admissions

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Admissions Deadlines

  • January 15: Summer semester
  • March 15: Fall semester
  • September 15: Spring semester

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all semesters. All application materials, including test scores, should be received by the deadline for optimal course registration. Applications received after the indicated semester deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Please contact the School's office to determine the possibility of late submission if your application file will not be completed in time.

Admissions Qualifications

Degree requirements

  • Domestic applicants must hold a master's degree in library and information science or information science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association, or a master's degree in a related field.
  • International applicants must hold a master's degree in library and information science or information science.

Professional experience

  • Applicants should have at least two years of professional experience since completing their master’s degree.
  • Applicants with fewer than two years of work experience may submit a petition to the School explaining why an exception should be made.

International Students

Application Materials Required

  • Official Transcripts
  • Online University Application
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 references required)
  • Writing Sample
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A Personal Interview (if requested by School)

Get more information about the application materials including specific forms or guides. 

All admissions materials may be submitted via email or U.S. mail to Graduate Studies. Please visit the application materials page for more information.


Note: In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, Kent State University may not be able offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer on-ground internships. Since this compliance undergoes continuous updates, non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any School of Library and Information Science programs are advised to consult official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program.