Library and Information Science

Degree Requirements

The Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) program is flexible, allowing a balance of required courses and elective courses in order to meet the individual needs of each student. The M.L.I.S. degree is conferred upon students who have met the following requirements:

Earned 39 semester hours of credit consisting of 21 hours of required courses, 15 hours of general electives, and three hours of the master's project

Completed a minimum of 18 hours at the 600-level courses
Maintained a 3.00 cumulative grade point average
Completed the graduate program within five years
No grade below C and no more than one C

Required Courses (21 credit hours) - The required courses provide a conceptual basis for understanding basic functions in all types of libraries and information centers.

The required courses are as follows:

LIS 501 - Introduction to Reference Resources and Services
LIS 505 - Cataloging and Classification
LIS 511 - Development of Library Collections
LIS 605 - Library Management
LIS 636 - The Library in American Society
LIS 651 - Introduction to Information Science
LIS 668 - Research Methods in Library and Information Science

Electives (15 credit hours) Electives provide the student an opportunity to pursue an area of emphasis and to build upon the foundation of the required courses. Students may select from more than 40 elective courses in library and information science, ranging from children's literature to computers to archives administration.

LIS 695 Master's Project (3 credit hours) - Additionally, all students are required to complete a significant research project.

During the semester the master's project proposal is submitted students take a comprehensive exam. Successful completion of the project and the comprehensive exam are required to receive the master's degree.

Field Experience and practical work experience in a library or other information center significantly complements the intellectual and theoretical focus of traditional course work. Students are encouraged to include in the graduate curriculum a practicum or field experience at a library, archives, or information center.

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