The Master of Science with a major in Library Science (MS-LS) is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to function as information professionals in a variety of information organizations, including public libraries, academic libraries, or special libraries maintained by government agencies, corporations, law firms, medical centers, or museums. Students earning this degree will be prepared for a wide range of careers, such as reference librarian, technical services librarian, youth and children's librarian, museum/archive curator/special collections librarian, electronic resources librarian, cataloging/metadata librarian, instructional services librarian, law/legal librarian, institutional repository /digital collection manager, data curation specialist, etc. Students can choose from six (6) concentrations within the Library Science major.
All students enrolled in the MS-LS must complete the following required course work:
Required Core 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.
Guided Electives and General Electives (27 credit hours)
Completion of nine (9) courses from the list of guided electives and general electives. See the list of electives under the following program of study and concentrations linked below:
- Archival Studies
- Information Organization
- Knowledge Management
- Law Librarianship and Legal Informatics
- Music Librarianship
- Youth Librarianship
Completion of INFO 5090 Practicum (3 credit hours)
The Practicum can be waived if a student has at least six (6) months of relevant professional experience. (Visit the Practicum Page for practicum requirements and practicum waiver request information).
Visit the Capstone page for more information.
*School Library 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 Advising Team by email at email@example.com or by phone at 940-565-2445.