Master of Library & Information Science

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The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University offers Ohio's only American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree program.

Read more about the M.L.I.S. assessment and ALA accreditation.

Program Highlights

  • U.S. News and World Report ranks our overall M.L.I.S. program 18th in the nation, and our youth librarianship program is ranked 10th.
  • Our required courses give you a foundation in the library and information science field. The elective courses give you the freedom to develop an area (or areas) of focus, choosing from among our 14 specializations or developing your own path.
  • To enhance your curriculum, you can also take courses in our Master of Science programs in health informatics, knowledge management and user experience design.
  • If you like those courses, or are interested in education or business administration, you might consider one of the dual or multiple degree options.
  • With admissions and classes offered year round, the School delivers a personalized program to prepare you for the next step in your career.
  • Our graduates can be found in libraries, information agencies, museums and cultural organizations and companies of all sorts and sizes. They are qualified to fill every conceivable role on the information spectrum: library directors, catalogers, children's librarians, competitive research strategists, law librarians, archivists, digital preservationists, special collection librarians, museum collection specialists, network consultants — and roles that haven't even been created.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the M.L.I.S. program will be able to …

  • Apply the field’s foundational theories, principles, values, ethics, and skills to everyday practice.
  • Critique and synthesize research and identify appropriate research methodologies to solve problems in the field.
  • Analyze and engage in the changing cultural, educational, and social roles and responsibilities of librarians/information professionals and the environments they work in within the global society.
  • Identify and evaluate systems and technologies in order to implement improvements and innovations relevant to a particular information context.
  • Identify needs and connect individuals and communities with information that engages and empowers them.