M.L.I.S. Final Requirements | School of Information | Kent State University

The final requirement for any master's degree is a chance for you to bring together everything you have learned, to investigate a topic or have an experience that will serve as a launch pad to your career.  

Master’s Portfolio in Library and Information Science (1 credit)

This course will be completed in the student’s last semester. It will include the creation and presentation of an electronic portfolio to represent the student’s experience throughout the M.L.I.S. program and in preparation for a career in the field of library and information science. 

Culminating Experience Options

Students must choose one of the following for a minimum of 3 credit hours:

  • Internship or practicum: to gain professional experience in an information or knowledge organization under the guidance of a professional in the field and faculty advisor (3 credit hours)
  • Master's project: to focus on solving a specific problem for an information or knowledge organization under the collaborated guidance of a professional in the field and a faculty advisor (3 credit hours);
  • Master's research paper: to conduct introductory research on a topic related to your future pursuits under the guidance of a faculty advisor (3 credit hours); or
  • Thesis: to conduct thorough research on a topic related to your future pursuits under the guidance of a thesis committee with special attention from the chair (at least 6 credit hours).

The best option varies for each student. Choices should be made in consultation with your faculty advisor and with your career goals in mind. Because of this very personal experience, the School has seen great variety in its internship sites, projects and research. Some examples can be found on our Student Research page.

It is never too soon to start planning for your final requirement. Choose your elective classes in consultation with your faculty advisor based on your professional goals and in order to prepare for your culminating experience.