The Master of Library Science is designed to prepare competent professionals for school librarianship; encourage and support scholarly research and publications; promote and participate in faculty growth and development; offer educational services to schools, libraries, and the community; and plan, implement, and evaluate the academic curriculum, teaching effectiveness, physical resources, program policies, and the learning environment.
Graduates of the MLS program will also have the required coursework necessary to sit for the School Librarian Certification exam. Students interested in the certification must have a valid K-12 teaching certificate and two years of classroom experience before taking the exam.
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in library science must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Studies:
- A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee
- Official transcript(s) from the baccalaureated degree granting institution
- Official GRE scores if the last 60 hours of coursework resulted in a GPA below 3.0
- Program Application
- A copy of a valid teaching certificate
The Library Science admissions committee will consider all applications through a holistic review process, taking into account higher GPAs and GRE Scores. Admission is formula based and considers:
- Advanced hours GPA
- GRE scores on Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing sections.
This 36-hour degree provides instruction for the principles and procedures common to libraries and information centers. The primary mission of the Department of Library Science is the preparation of school librarians for grades EC-12.
Plan 1 - MLS in Library Science