Library & Information Science
Why Study Library and Information Science at Kent State University?
- Join one of the largest professional library and information science programs in North America, with more than 600 graduate students at two program sites in Ohio, as well as a thriving online degree option.
- Graduate from a school that is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's top 20 (at #18) graduate schools in the field, with a youth librarianship program that is ranked 10th.
- Earn your degree from the only American Library Association accredited master's degree program (M.L.I.S.) in the state of Ohio, and choose from a wide variety of specializations within the degree, such as public librarianship, children's and young adult librarianship, digital librarianship, and museum studies
- Learn from the best — our nationally and internationally renowned faculty have an excellent record in scholarship, research and grantsmanship.
- Join the ranks of our successful alumni, most of whom find employment in the field within six months to a year of graduation. Read more about our alumni and how they're helping transform the global information environment.
- Pursue one of our specializations — which draw on the particular expertise of Kent State SLIS faculty — or make your own path. Our specializations include:
- Academic Librarianship
- Archival or Special Collections Librarianship
- Cataloging or Metadata
- Digital Librarianship / Digital Initiatives
- Digital Preservation
- Information Technology and Information Science
- K-12 School Librarianship (concentration)
- Library Management
- Museum Studies
- Public Librarianship
- Reference Librarianship
- Special Librarianship
- Youth Services
About Kent State University
- Northeast Ohio college students choose Kent State more than any other university;
- Ranked one of the top-tier Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report; Programs, schools and colleges ranked among the world's best;
- Ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching among the nation's top 74 public high-research universities;
- Generated $1.96 billion in added income to the Northeast Ohio economy;
- More than 200,000 graduates worldwide;
- Celebrating more than 100 years of service to higher education.