Graduate Programs

KU's program is CAEP accredited and AASL recognized for the preparation of school library media specialists.

Through a challenging curriculum that integrates theory and practice, the library science program prepares skilled professional information specialists who are cognizant of their importance in a diverse, rapidly changing global society. 

There are several options that can lead to the Master of Library Science degree. Please contact Roseanne Perkins, our MLS graduate program coordinator, to discuss the many excellent career opportunities a KU MLS degree can help you pursue.

The MLS with initial K-12 Library Science certification includes the required professional education courses in addition to the library science courses. 
MLS with Initial Certification

The MLS with extension of certification is designed for students who already hold a teaching certificate and want to extend it to include K-12 library science certification.
MLS with Extension of Certification

The Extension of Certification sequence will provide a currently certified teacher with the requisite background to take the Library Science PRAXIS exams.
Extension of Certification

The MLS without certification is a 36-hour program which includes the core courses that provide a foundation in information sources and services, organization of information, collection development, and management of libraries.

Degree Candidacy
Degree candidacy is a review process for advising, developing a program of study, and/or identifying areas of study that may need to be strengthened.  Graduate students must apply for degree candidacy once they have successfully completed 12 semester hours of graduate coursework, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and resolved all incomplete grades.  A student will not be cleared for graduation unless an application for candidacy has been approved.  A successfully completed qualifying examination is also required for MSW students.  Note that MBA students are not required to apply for candidacy.

Application for candidacy is an online process that can be found in the Student Service Center through MyKU.  Instructions on how to apply for candidacy can be found here. 

Students please do not confuse applying for candidacy (done at the 12 credit point) and applying for graduation. These are two different activities. 

Please keep in mind that it is the sole responsibility of students to initiate application for candidacy.  Neither Graduate Studies nor advisors will contact students concerning an application for candidacy.  In addition, admission to candidacy is not considered an application for graduation.

Contact either the Registrar's Office or Graduate Studies if you have questions about this process.