About This Program
If you're passionate about the world of information, the Master of Library and Information Science degree could be the key to unlocking a range of exciting career opportunities. From libraries to museums, archives and beyond, the M.L.I.S. degree prepares you to excel in a variety of information-related fields. Plus, with optional concentrations in Archival Studies and Medical Librarianship, you can tailor your studies to suit your specific interests and goals. And with the option to pursue a dual program with the M.B.A. degree, you'll gain a well-rounded education that's highly valued by employers. Read more...
Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries*
Database administrators and architects
- 9.7% much faster than the average
- 132,500 number of jobs
- $98,860 potential earnings
- 12.6% much faster than the average
- 14,500 number of jobs
- $56,990 potential earnings
- 7.9% faster than the average
- 8,100 number of jobs
- $56,760 potential earnings
Librarians and media collections specialists
- 5.0% faster than the average
- 146,500 number of jobs
- $60,820 potential earnings
American Library Association
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale1
- Official transcript(s)
- Résumé or curriculum vita
- Student Profile Form
- Exception statement (addressing circumstances and readiness for graduate education
- Application Essay
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score
- Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score
- Minimum 82 MELAB score
- Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 65 PTE score
- Minimum 120 Duolingo English score
Appropriate technology and computer literacy skills are essential for each School of Information course. In order to be successful in the program, all incoming students must meet the School of Information computer competencies, as well as its minimum computer hardware, software and internet access requirements before the first day of class. For details, students should consult the school's website.
- Fall Semester
- Application deadline: April 15
- Spring Semester
- Application deadline: November 15
- Summer Term
- Application deadline: March 15
Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this 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.
- Evaluate systems and technologies relevant to a particular information context.
- Identify needs and connect individuals and communities with information that engages and empowers them.
Dual Degree with M.B.A. in Business Administration
Students have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration and the M.L.I.S. degree in Library and Information Science. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.
Dual Degree Requirements
|Code ||Title ||Credit Hours |
|ACCT 63037||FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING ||2|
|ACCT 63038||MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING ||2|
|BA 64005||ANALYTICS FOR DECISION MAKING ||2|
|BA 64041||OPERATIONS, SERVICE AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT ||2|
|CIS 64042||GLOBALIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY ||2|
|ECON 62021||MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS ||2|
|ECON 62022||MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS ||2|
|FIN 66050||LAW AND ETHICS ||2|
|FIN 66060||MANAGERIAL FINANCE ||2|
|HRM 64271||HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ||2|
|LIS 50645||DATABASE FUNDAMENTALS FOR INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS ||3|
|LIS 60020||INFORMATION ORGANIZATION ||3|
|LIS 60030||PEOPLE IN THE INFORMATION ECOLOGY ||3|
|LIS 60040||INFORMATION INSTITUTIONS AND PROFESSIONS ||3|
|LIS 60050||RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENT IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE ||3|
|LIS 60401||LEADERSHIP IN LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION CENTERS ||3|
|MGMT 64158||LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL ASSESSMENT ||2|
|MGMT 68051||BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I 1||1|
|MKTG 65051||MARKETING MANAGEMENT ||2|
|LIS 60280||MASTER'S PORTFOLIO IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE ||1|
|MGMT 64185||BUSINESS STRATEGY ||3|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||59|
The Master of Library and Information Science degree prepares students for professional positions in public, academic, special and school libraries; archives; museums; and other types of information agencies, organizations and companies. Many M.L.I.S. graduates go on to positions in other areas of the information field besides libraries — in research, for example, or publishing, information management, competitive business intelligence and more. An accredited M.L.I.S. degree is the basic requirement for professional employment in most libraries and information centers.
Students can concurrently pursue a dual program with the Master of Business Administration degree. Each program makes an independent admission decision. For further information about the dual degree program, see the specific program section in this catalog.
The Library and Information Science major includes the following optional concentrations:
- The Archival Studies optional concentration prepares students to work with records and other materials of historical value in a variety of settings, including special collections in libraries, government and corporate archives, as well as archival collections found in museums, historical societies and other heritage institutions. Students are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities to enhance their understanding of archival principles and gain valuable practical experience. This concentration follows the recommendations of the Society of American Archivists for graduate archival education programs.
- The Medical Librarianship optional concentration prepares students to work in medical and health sciences libraries; in the community; and as part of a health system, hospital, clinician office, academic center, government research agency or medical specialty organization. Students in the concentration intern at a medical library, which will allow them to apply their skills and knowledge, as well as to observe the typical daily activities and requirements of medical librarians.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.