Certificate of Advanced Study

Overview

The post-master’s program leading to a Certificate of Advanced Study is offered for those who seek further specialization in a particular aspect of library or information science. Those entering the program prepare for a level of competency beyond that provided by the master’s degree. The program enables the professional to satisfy continuing education goals or requirements and enables individuals to update their knowledge and skills.

Admission requirements

Master’s program requirements apply, with consideration given to prior study and academic record, standardized entrance examination scores, letters of recommendation, career interests and objectives, and any prior professional experience. An interview with a department representative designated by the chair is strongly recommended before or at the time of initial enrollment for course work.

Program requirements 

The program may be completed in two terms/semesters of full-time study or extended over a longer period.

The student must earn a minimum of 24 to 30 hours of graduate credit, which may include up to 12 hours in other disciplines, chosen or specified according to prior study and individual interests and objectives. Transfer credit may be approved for 3 to 6 hours, and at least half of the hours must be completed within the department.

The program of study, which is tailored to individual needs, must be planned with a faculty advisor and approved in advance by the chair of the department. No comprehensive examination or special research requirements are specified. Students must be admitted to candidacy to continue beyond 12 hours. Students must complete all planned course work with an average grade of B or better, and then file an application for the certificate.