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Academic Programs


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The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University offers degree options and learning opportunities for students, scholars and professionals interested in librarianship and other information professions, health informatics, knowledge management and user experience design.

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

Kent State University allows students to work on two master's degrees concurrently. The following are approved for students in the School of Library and Information Science; information about all three is available at the link above:
  • Master of Education / Master of Library and Information Science, School Library Media licensure
  • Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Business Administration (M.L.I.S./M.B.A.)
  • Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science, user experience design concentration.

Persons with an outstanding undergraduate record or exemplary professional credentials may apply for early admission to the M.L.I.S. program. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for details.


Master of Science


The interdisciplinary Master of Science offers concentrations in health informatics, knowledge management and user experience design. 


Ph.D. in Communication and Information

Kent State University's SLIS is part of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the College of Communication and Information. Visit the CCI Ph.D. site for more information.

Certificate of Advanced Study (LIS)

SLIS offers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science for individuals who already hold a master's degree in library and information science or information science and who are interested in expanding their professional skills.


Graduate Certificates in Health Informatics (HI) and Knowledge Management (KM)


The graduate certificates in HI and KM are good options for those who already have an advanced degree, but wish to make a shift in their careers or add to their skills. Both certificates require a completed bachelor's degree and are 18 credit hours.


Continuing Study


Professionals may continue their education by taking individual courses and workshops that will advance 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 graduates to work in school libraries only, leads to a multi-age licensure in school library media, and includes library science and instructional technology courses.