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Certificate of Advanced Study (LIS)


The School of Library and Information Science offers a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) for professionals already in the field to update and upgrade their skills in library and information science. The certificate is tailored to those who hold a master's degree in library and information science and are interested in expanding their professional skills in select areas.


Program Components

For a Certificate of Advanced Study, students must complete 18 semester hours of coursework beyond that taken as part of a master's degree.

Credit hours for completion of the Certificate of Advanced Study may include post-master's course work or regularly offered master's level course work. Students may request to transfer up to six (6) credit hours of graduate course work from other departments at Kent State University, as long as they did not count toward another degree. Students are not permitted to apply transfer credits from courses taken at colleges or universities outside of Kent State to the Certificate of Advanced Study.


Program Guidesheet


Completion of the Program

  1. Students admitted to the Certificate of Advanced Study Program must receive a grade of "B" or better in all courses.

  2. Students must complete the Certificate of Advanced Study program and graduate within six calendar years of initial entrance into the program. One-year time extensions may be requested if necessary; however, in such cases, previously completed courses may no longer count, and some course work may have to be repeated.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be awarded a Certificate of Advanced Study from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University.