Library & Information Science Degree Options | School of Information | Kent State University

Library & Information Science Degree Options

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University offers degrees and other learning opportunities for students, scholars and professionals interested in a career in the information professions.

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

Kent State offers the only American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree program in Ohio, preparing students for positions of leadership in librarianship and the information profession.

Dual Degree Options

Kent State University allows students to work on two degrees concurrently and to double-count up to 12 credit hours between any two programs. This dual degree designation requires admission to each program (separately) and approval from each program to share the credits (see example below, Option A).  See the Graduate Catalog for more detailed information on the dual degree policy.

Several special dual degree options allow students to share more than 12 credits. The School of Library and Information Science offers such options (see below, Option B). They all require separate admission decisions for both programs, but they each have special program outlines to maximize the amount of credits shared.

If you choose to pursue a dual degree option after you have already started in one program, you will complete a separate application for the second program. This decision should be made prior to the end of the second semester of the first program. For example, if you area admitted to Program 1 in the fall semester, you must complete the application for admissions to Program 2 prior to the end of the following spring semester.

Option A: Dual degree examples

  • Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Arts in art history for students interested in museum libraries, museum curation, art libraries and information centers.
  • Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Arts in history for students interested in archives or government information centers.
  • Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management, with a concentration in health informatics, knowledge management or user experience design (for those admitted under catalog year 2015-2016 and onward)
    • A combination of library and information science with health informatics enhances opportunities for careers in health information centers, health or medical libraries and in the health industry in general.
    • A combination of library and information science with knowledge management provides opportunities for careers in a variety of corporations, government agencies and other organizations where access to information is essential to the institution's operation.
    • A combination of library and information science with user experience design can lead to opportunities as a user experience librarian and user experience designer in organizations whose essential function involves managing and disseminating information. 

Option B: exceptions to the 12-credit double-count policy

  • Master of Library and Information Science / Master of Business Administration (M.L.I.S./M.B.A.): This program is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming managers of information centers. The accredited M.L.I.S. is the recognized degree for professional librarians and other information professionals. The M.B.A. is recognized as the graduate degree of choice for those seeking professional management roles in both the profit and nonprofit sector. At 69 credit hours for the dual degree, students save 26 or 27 credit hours by combining the two master’s degrees.
  • Master of Library and Information Science / Master of Education + K-12 School Library Media Licensure: This 57 credit-hour course of study leads to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree and multi-age licensure in School Library Media. This program, offered in cooperation with the College of Education, Health and Human Services, prepares students to work in all types of libraries, including school libraries, and confers the initial teaching license. The program of study includes professional educational requirements, library and information science and instructional technology courses. Advising of students in the dual degree program is handled by the School of Library and Information Science.

Combined Bachelor's-Master's Degree

In addition to combining degrees at the graduate level, the university allows undergraduates to apply for early admission to a master's program. Undergraduate students at Kent State can apply for early admission to a SLIS graduate program and apply up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework toward completion of their undergraduate degree as they pursue a combined bachelor's-master's degree.

Ph.D. in Communication & 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.

Continuing Study Courses and Workshops

Professionals who already have the master's degree 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.