MS-LS with Concentration in Knowledge Management

The concentration in knowledge management prepares students for positions in the private and public sectors that deal with various aspects of knowledge management processes and practices. It equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to manage organizational knowledge, intellectual capital and knowledge assets. Today's knowledge management professionals are expected to manage data and data analysis within the organization, cultivate innovation, increase collaboration, promote knowledge sharing, and identify knowledge gaps. At the same time, employers are seeking information and knowledge professionals who can demonstrate creative thinking and have the ability to use knowledge and technology to further their business goals and enhance productivity. Completion of the concentration provides students with the basic skills and competencies that will enable them to support their organization to gain strategic and tactical competitive advantage.

Degree General Requirements

  1. Total coursework of 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Enroll in INFO 5090 - Practicum, unless officially waived based on previous professional and industry experience. Visit the Practicum Page for practicum requirements and practicum waiver request information.
  3. Completion of the Capstone Experience.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

INFO 5000 – Information and Knowledge Professions
INFO 5200 – Information Organization
INFO 5600 – Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry

A grade of B or higher must be earned in all 3 core courses. 

Major Guided Electives (Library Science)

Completion of at least three courses (9 credit hours) of the following major prescribed courses with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5210 – Introduction to Cataloging and Classification
INFO 5223 – Metadata for Information and Organization and Retrieval I
INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5305 - Systems Analysis and Design
INFO 5306 - Project Management for Information Systems
INFO 5307 - Knowledge Management Tools and Technologies

Concentration Guided Electives

Completion of at least three courses (9 credit hours) from the categories listed below with the guidance of the academic advisor. It is also required that each student completes at least one course from the following list:

INFO 5305 - Systems Analysis and Design
INFO 5306 - Project Management for Information Systems
INFO 5307 - Knowledge Management Tools and Technologies
INFO 5310 - Marketing and Customer Relationships for Information Professionals
INFO 5315 - Competitive Intelligence
INFO 5360 -  Special Libraries and Information Centers
INFO 5443 - Storytelling in Knowledge Transfer
INFO 5500 - Foundational Principles in Knowledge Management
INFO 5503 - Knowledge Management Processes and Practices
INFO 5810 - Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery

General Electives

Additional three elective courses (9 credit hours) selected from the catalog or transferred from other programs with the approval of the academic advisor.


School Librarian Certification students should see the respective School Librarian Certification program pages for specific requirements, as their options differ from other programs.

Further information concerning these requirements may be obtained by contacting the College of Information (COI) Advising Team by email at  or by phone at 940-565-2445.