U.S. 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.
Applicants should apply to the program at least two years after receipt of the master's degree, provided they have held a professional position during that time. If an individual has less than two years of work experience, s/he may submit a petition to the school explaining why an exception should be made.
To be considered for full unconditional admission to the M.L.I.S. program, international students whose first language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 600 or higher on the paper-based test or 100 or higher on the Internet-based test; or a score of 7.5 on the IELTS; or a score of 88 or higher on the MELAB. Applicants may be considered for conditional admission with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based or 79 Internet-based test; or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5; or a minimum MELAB score of 80. Students who have already completed a degree in a post-secondary institution in the United States may be exempted from this requirement.
For specific information about language requirements, please visit http://www.kent.edu/admissions/international/language-proficiency.cfm or call 330-672-2444 or 1-800-988-KENT.
Submit the following materials to the Division of Graduate Studies:
Application to the School of Library and Information Science Certificate of Advanced Study Program. By following this application link, you will be able to select the College of Communication and Information and the certificate program you wish to pursue.
Three letters of recommendation, Biographical Sketch form and statement of career goals.
Official transcripts, including one for the M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. degree. Only one copy of each transcript is required.
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.
Students admitted to the Certificate of Advanced Study Program must receive a grade of "B" or better in all courses.
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.