Masters (MSLS) in Library & Information Science
Bridge the gaps that exist between people, information and technology. In our fully online, ALA-accredited program, you will learn to design and develop knowledge-organization systems. This program will prepare you in becoming a librarian or an information professional in a public library, an academic library, a health science library, an archive, a museum, a government agency, a law library, or any other information center.
U.S. News and World Report ranks it as a top 3 program in health information and a top 20 program in library science.
At a Glance
Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)
Masters in Library & Information Science overview
What You'll Learn
In addition to our core curriculum, we offer concentration areas to best prepare students for their future careers in unique areas of library science. Select from:
- Health Information
- School Librarian Program (allows for concurrent school media certification/rank change in KY)
- Youth Services and Literature
- Academic Libraries
- Information Systems
- Public Libraries
- Generalist (for students who want to forge a degree plan based on their professional aspirations)
Information Organization and Retrieval: Delve into advanced techniques for cataloging, classifying, and organizing diverse types of information resources. Learn how to create efficient systems for retrieving information, both physically and digitally, to meet the needs of library users.
Collection Development and Management: Gain expertise in selecting, acquiring, and curating a wide range of materials, from traditional books to digital resources and multimedia content. Learn to assess user preferences and needs, manage budgets, and ensure that library collections remain relevant and engaging.
Information Technology and Digital Services: Explore cutting-edge technologies and digital tools used in modern libraries. Learn to develop and manage online databases, design user-friendly interfaces, and provide guidance on utilizing digital resources effectively, catering to the evolving information-seeking behaviors of library patrons.
You have the option to complete a practicum and/or study abroad as part of your degree. In addition, the program offers competitive spring break internships in Washington, D.C., at institutions like the National Library of Medicine and the Smithsonian Libraries. If you wish to become certified as a school librarian, you must also have a valid teaching license.
- LIS 600 Information in Society
- LIS 601 Information Search
- LIS 602 Knowledge Organization
- LIS 603 Management in Info Organizations
How to Apply
- Three letters of recommendation (Only an email address is required. Our system will ask them to upload their letter.)
- Personal Statement - 200-300 words on why you want to go into this field and what do you hope to accomplish through this program
- CV or Resume
Licensure & Authorization
Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa.AUTHORIZATION & LICENSURE INFO
Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.