Dual Degree M.B.A./Library and Information Science M.L.I.S.

College of Business Administration
Business Administration Building
Kent Campus
330-672-2772
www.kent.edu/business


College of Communication and Information
School of Library and Information Science
314 University Library
Kent Campus
330-672-2782
slisinfo@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/slis

Description

The Master of Business Administration program seeks to prepare students for responsible leadership positions in public, private and nonprofit organizations. Regardless of undergraduate education, the candidates will find a challenging program designed to meet their specific backgrounds and needs. Several dual degree programs are possible. The Master of Business Administration also offers a dual degree program with the Master of Library and Information Science. The Dual Degree with the Master of Library and Information Science is designed for managers of large libraries and information centers. Individuals in these positions need knowledge pertaining to planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Advanced education to obtain knowledge and learn skills related to these management functions enables students to take advantage of career opportunities both in library settings and other information settings, both in the profit and nonprofit sectors.

The program is available on a full-time or part-time (online) option.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus
  • Online

Accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

Admission Requirements

For the full-time options: Admission to the full-time Master of Business Administration program is in the fall semester only.

  • Official transcripts
  • GMAT or GRE
  • goal statement
  • two-to-three letters of recommendation
  • resume
  • TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or PTE, if applicable

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Admission to the Master of Library and Information Science:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • statement of purpose
  • writing sample
  • a current resume or curriculum vita
  • English language proficiency scores for international students

Additional requirements include a statement of exception (addressing circumstances and readiness for graduate education) and GRE scores if total GPA is below 3.0 in highest completed degree. In calculating the total GPA, all grades from all courses taken at relevant level (baccalaureate or master's) from all institutions are required.

Prospective students should complete the application process no later than September 15 for spring admission, January 15 for summer admission and March 15 for fall admission. For further details on admission procedures and deadlines, prospective students should consult the school's web site. 

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MBA degree program will be able to:

  1. Use critical thinking skills to apply analytical models and concepts to make business decisions.
  2. Present business knowledge and decisions individually and as a team.
  3. Understand the ethical and legal implications of business decisions.
  4. Understand the impact of globalization on business decisions.

Graduate of the MLIS degree program will be able to:

  1. Apply the field's foundational theories, principles, values, ethics and skills to everyday practice.
  2. Critique and synthesize research and identify appropriate research methodologies to solve problems in the field. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Evaluate systems and technologies relevant to a particular information context.
  5. Identify needs and connect individuals and communities with information that engages and empowers them. 
 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[BU-MBA-BAD-DMIB]

[CI-MLIS-LIS-DMIB]

At 61 credit hours for the dual degree, students receive an M.L.I.S.-M.B.A. dual-degree. The curriculum includes 24 credit hours of M.B.A. coursework, 25 credit hours of Library and Information Science courses and 12 credit hours from either business or library and Information science.

Each program makes an independent admission decision using separate admission requirements.

Major Requirements
ACCT 63037FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING 2
ACCT 63038MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING 2
ECON 62021GLOBAL CONDITIONS AND MACROECONOMICS POLICY 2
ECON 62022MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS 2
FIN 66050LAW AND ETHICS 2
FIN 66060MANAGERIAL FINANCE 2
LIS 60010THE INFORMATION LANDSCAPE 2
LIS 60020INFORMATION ORGANIZATION 2
LIS 60030PEOPLE IN THE INFORMATION ECOLOGY 2
LIS 60040INFORMATION INSTITUTIONS AND PROFESSIONS 3
LIS 60050RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENT IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE 3
Choose from the following:3-6
MASTER'S INTERNSHIP IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
MASTER'S PROJECT IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
MASTER'S PAPER IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
THESIS I
LIS 60280MASTER'S PORTFOLIO IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE 1
MIS 64041OPERATIONS, SERVICE AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT 2
MIS 64158LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL ASSESSMENT 2
MIS 64185BUSINESS STRATEGY 3
MKTG 65051MARKETING MANAGEMENT 2
Business Elective, Any business graduate course in accord to student's career goals may count as an elective. Recommended: ECON 620153
Business or Library and Information Science Elective, Minimum 3 credit hours must be from Library Science (LIS), choose from the following:12
INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS
DATABASE SYSTEMS
NETWORK AND SOFTWARE RESOURCES FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SELECTED TOPICS IN LIBRARY SCIENCE
ANALYTICS FOR DECISION MAKING
GLOBALIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Library and Information Science Electives, Any Library Science (LIS) graduate course in accord to student's career goals may count as an elective
Recommended, choose from the following:6-9
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
MARKETING THE LIBRARY
THE ACADEMIC LIBRARY
THE SPECIAL LIBRARY
BUSINESS/FINANCE INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES
ONLINE INFORMATION SYSTEMS
FOUNDATIONS OF RECORDKEEPING IN SOCIETY
FOUNDATIONS OF MUSEUM STUDIES
SELECTED TOPICS IN LIBRARY SCIENCE
Minimum Total Credit Hours:61