The school has identified the following goals for the Master of Library Science program:
Students who complete curricular and other requirements of the program will be able to:
Note: SLIS now offers a dual M.I.S./M.L.S. degree option (see "Dual Master's Degree Programs" in this bulletin).
A candidate for either the Master of Library Science or the Master of Information Science degree must complete at least three of the following courses:
Management component (if not counted toward the M.I.S. or M.L.S. core requirements): either L527 Management of Libraries and Information Centers or L547 The Organizational Information Resource.
A candidate for the Master of Library Science degree must complete 36 semester credit hours of graduate course work, all of which must be taken from the IU School of Library and Information Science. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours from another ALA-accredited master's degree program may, with the permission of the dean, be applied to the M.L.S. degree. The transferred courses must have a grade of B or higher and must be taken within the five-year time frame allowed for completion of the degree. Only within recognized joint programs, as outlined in this bulletin, may other non-SLIS courses be applied toward the M.L.S. degree.
M.L.S. Core Requirements: In addition to the common core course requirements noted above, students in the M.L.S. degree program must, in consultation with the faculty advisor, select and complete at least three of the following six M.L.S. core courses:
M.L.S. Elective Courses: In addition to the six courses (18 credit hours) taken from the common and M.L.S.-specific cores, students must select a minimum of 18 credit hours of elective courses to complete the 36 credit hours required for the M.L.S. degree. Elective courses for the M.L.S. degree may be chosen from the common core, the M.L.S. or M.I.S. core, or the large pool of other SLIS courses available to all master's degree students. Care must be taken to ensure that prerequisites have been satisfied before registering for any course. In no case may more than 6 credit hours to be applied toward the degree come from the workshop courses listed under the L595 course number.