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Kent State Announces “eDegree,” a Completely Online M.L.I.S.

Posted Jun. 9, 2011
Earn your master’s degree without disrupting your life, without leaving your current job and relocating, and without physically sitting in a classroom.

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University is offering a new, innovative way to complete a Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree. The eDegree program is Web-based -- all courses will be completed online.

Join us for a live, interactive online open house on Wednesday, June 15, at either noon or 6 p.m. to learn more about eDegree. Greg Byerly, Ph.D., and eDegree Administrative Clerk Mary Paschen will briefly describe the program and then answer your questions.

To participate, send an email to ksuslis@gmail.com, and you’ll receive a link to connect to the presentation.

eDegree FAQs

WHY SHOULD I GET MY MASTER’S DEGREE FROM KENT STATE?
There is no better place than Kent State University.

The Kent State School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) has one of the largest library and information science graduate programs in the country, with nearly 700 graduate students.  It is accredited  by the American Library Association (ALA) and is ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News and World Report, and its youth librarianship program is ranked 13th.

WHAT ARE THE AVAILABLE SPECIALIZATIONS?
The eDegree currently offers four specializations for your online degree.

•    Children and Young Adult Librarianship
•    Public Librarianship
•    K-12 School Library Media Specialist
•    Museum Studies – NEW!

WHAT ARE THE TIMEFRAME & SCHEDULE?
The eDegree is designed for your convenience and to meet your schedule.

Due to the structured nature of the program, students entering the eDegree  program must begin in the fall semester.  Applications for Fall 2011 are now being accepted on a space-available basis. Interested students should apply as soon as possible.

Students can complete the online coursework required for their specialization (e.g., museum studies) within the MLIS degree either through the Two-Year Option or the Fast Track Option (12-15 months).  

The courses are offered during Kent State’s scheduled semesters and vary in terms of length (e.g., some may be 10-week classes, while other may run 15 weeks).  You will know the schedule of courses from the time you begin the program to graduation.

Courses will not “meet” at a specific time each week.  However, some professors may choose to require a synchronous presence on some occasions during the course, but these will be scheduled in advance.

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
For additional information and to apply, go to the SLIS website (www.slis.kent.edu) and click on eDegree program.   Or, contact Mary Paschen, eDegree Adm. Clerk, at mpaschen@kent.edu.

(Note: eDegree replaces the School’s “12-12-12 Distance Learning Degree” program.)

Media contact: Flo Cunningham, fcunning@kent.edu, 330-672-0003.