The M.L.I.S. degree program at Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) has a history of excellence. As the only American Library Association-accredited library science master's degree program in Ohio, SLIS at Kent State is renowned for library and information science scholarship, research and education in the state, and ranks among the top 20 programs in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Students earning their master's degrees in library and information science at Kent State prepare for professional careers in all types of libraries and information centers, as well as for positions within the information industry. They may pursue a general M.L.I.S. degree, or may choose from the specializations listed below.
Requirements for Graduation
The M.L.I.S. degree requires 37 semester hours for students under catalog year 2013 (36 semester hours for catalog years 2012 and before). Students earning the M.L.I.S. with K-12 school library media licensure complete 39 semester hours of coursework if under the catalog year 2011 and after (36 semester hours for catalog year 2010 and before). This option is available only to students who have current standard teaching credentials in the state of Ohio.
All M.L.I.S. students must take the following core courses:
Students are expected to complete all requirements for the master's degree and graduate within six (6) consecutive years from the date of initial enrollment. Students who exceed this time limit may petition for a one-year extension.