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Degree Requirements

The master's program requires students to complete 36 credits, 30 of which must be in library and information science. There are 15 credits of required courses, which includes an internship.

Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students plan a course of study which develops competency in a particular area, such as information access and retrieval, archives, rare books and special collections, school librarianship, corporate information center management, bibliographic control, children's and young adult services, and public librarianship, to name a few. The School's faculty advisors and academic advisor can help students develop individualized plans of study that suit their career interests.

An additional 18 credits of electives can be taken from a broad array of courses that are tailored to suit individual career objectives.

  • Required Courses (6 courses = 18 credits)

                   LIS 510: Introduction to Library and Information Science
                   LIS 511: Information Sources and Services
                   LIS 512: Introduction to Knowledge Organization
                   LIS 514: Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science
                   LIS 690: Internship or LIS 785: Mentorship (Dual Degree Program only)

  •  Management Elective  (choose one):

              LIS 513, 622, 713, 714, 741, 745, 747, 749
  • Elective Courses (6 courses = 18 credits) (Students choose from a wide range of library and information specialties. In addition, the Palmer School offers special topics on new subjects and emerging technologies.)