MS-LS with Concentration in Music Librarianship

This concentration is specifically designed for students seeking a graduate degree in Library Science with a specialization that will prepare them for careers as music librarians or information professionals in a music-related environment. Students pursuing the Music Librarianship concentration will take courses in the library and information sciences curriculum offered by the department, and will also have the opportunity to enroll in courses in the College of Music at UNT. Internships will be arranged for students who lack practical experience working in a music library or who want to increase their exposure to a particular aspect of music librarianship. In addition to face-to-face courses taught in Denton, this program is offered through distance learning opportunities using a variety of online instructional formats.

General Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 12 courses (36 credit hours).
  • Completed courses must include the 3 required courses for the MS-LS/MS-IS and prescribed elective courses for the concentration in Music Librarianship.
  • Successful completion of, or exemption from a practicum in a music library (INFO 5090). Visit the Practicum Page for practicum requirements and practicum waiver request information
  • Successful completion of the Capstone Experience.  

Required Courses

Completion of the following 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. 

Prescribed Electives

Completion of the following major elective courses (15 credit hours): 

INFO 5080 - Research Methods and Analysis, OR MUMH 5010 - Introduction to Research in Music 
INFO 5300 - Management of Information Agencies 
INFO 5367 - Music Libraries and Information Services 
INFO 5210 - Introduction to Cataloging and Classification
INFO 5222 - Music Cataloging

General Electives

Completion of four courses (12 credit hours) from the categories listed below. With the guidance of the academic advisor, each student is required to complete at least one course from each of the following areas:

Information Organization, Behavior and Content Management

INFO 5040 - Information Behavior 
INFO 5205 - Information Indexing, Abstracting and Retrieval
INFO 5220 - Advanced Cataloging and Classification
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval I
INFO 5224 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval II (Advanced Topics in Metadata) 
INFO 5230 - Document and Records Management 
INFO 5290 - Special Collections and Archives 
INFO 5295 - Preservation 
INFO 5450 - Rare Books 
INFO 5620 - Information and Access Services in the Humanities 
INFO 5740 - Introduction to Digital Libraries

Information Technologies 
INFO 5223 - Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval I
INFO 5707 - Data Modeling for Information Professionals 
INFO 5711 - Internet Applications for Information Professionals 
INFO 5745 - Information Architecture 
INFO 5750 - Managing Library Automation Projects
INFO 5814 - Web Content Development and Maintenance 
INFO 5815 - Digital Imaging for Information Professionals 

Management and Special Collections 
INFO 5303 - Financial and Human Resource Management in Information Agencies 
INFO 5320 - Public Libraries 
INFO 5330 - Academic Libraries 
INFO 5360 - Special Libraries and Information Centers 
INFO 5960 - Intellectual Property for Information Professionals

Alternative elective courses may be 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.