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College of Communication and Information
Master of Library and Information Science
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American Library Association

Program Overview

The Master of Library and Information Science degree prepares students for professional positions in public, academic, special and school libraries; archives; museums; and other types of information agencies, organizations and companies. Many MLIS graduates go on to positions in other areas of the information field besides libraries—in research, for example, or publishing, information management, competitive business intelligence and other fields. An accredited MLIS degree is the basic requirement for professional employment in most libraries and information centers.

The School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University offers a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). With more than 700 students enrolled, SLIS has the largest graduate program at Kent State. Its MLIS is the only American Library Association-accredited master’s program in Ohio, and is recognized by U.S. News and World Report among the nation’s top 20 LIS programs.1

Accreditation: This program is accredited by the American Library Association.

Dual Degree: Students also have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the MBA degree and the MLIS degree. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admissions requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

Program Structure

MLIS Program Structure

  • 37 minimum credit hours
  • Appropriate technology and computer literacy skills are essential for each School of Information course. In order to be successful in the program, all incoming students must meet the School of Information computer competencies, as well as its minimum computer hardware, software and internet access requirements before the first day of class. For details, students should consult the school's website

MBA/MLIS Dual Degree Program Structure

  • 61 minimum credit hours
  • About 25 courses

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application form and fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
  • Official transcript(s)
  • GRE scores if total GPA is below 3.0 in highest completed degree. In calculating the total GPA, all grades from all courses taken at relevant level (baccalaureate or master's) from all institutions are required.
  • Resume or CV
  • Student profile form
  • Exception statement (addressing circumstances and readiness for graduate education
  • Application essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions)
  • If seeking the dual degree, each program makes an independent admission decision based on their admission policies and procedures. Check with each program for admission requirements and with the Division of Graduate Studies to have your application materials applied to both admission applications

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Courses for the online MLIS cover a range of topics essential for professionals who work in libraries, archives, museums and other types of information-focused organizations. These include the information landscape, information organization, information ecology, and information institutions and professions. Students will take 21 credit hours of electives from the disciplines of health informatics, knowledge management, library and information science, and user experience design, and they will also complete a 1-credit master’s portfolio.

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Dual Degree Courses

Students pursuing the MBA/MLIS dual degree will complete a minimum of 61 total credit hours of coursework designed to prepare them for a management role in an information organization. Topics of study include business topics such as financial and managerial accounting, managerial economics, macroeconomic policy, law and ethics, operations and supply chain management, and business strategy in addition to the core of library and information science topics outlined above. Students in this combined program will select 18-21 credits of business administration or library and information science electives, and they will also complete both a 3-credit internship and a 1-credit master’s portfolio.

View MBA/MLIS Dual Degree Course Requirements

Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Out of State
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost
$725 $2,175 Approximate Cost: $26,800 $735 $2,205 Approximate Cost: $27,200

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

Additional out-of-state surcharge for students enrolled in an online program: All Graduate—All Campuses: $10/hr.

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