American Library Association
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.
1In calculating the total GPA, all grades from all courses taken at relevant level (baccalaureate or master's) from all institutions are required.
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
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.
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.
|Ohio Residents||Out of State/International*|
|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 $15 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.
*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.
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