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Library Science

Master of Library Science (MLS)

KU Library Science graduates are smart, savvy, life-long learners poised to guide their communities in transforming the best knowledge from the past into creative possibilities for the future. This professional curriculum leads to the Master of Library Science Degree. The KU program consistently achieves a nearly 100 percent placement rate.

You’ll be qualified to analyze, design, and implement new research and learning systems including computers, databases, video, graphics, interactive multimedia, and maker spaces. You’ll guide decision-makers and knowledge seekers from all walks of life in finding the data they need.

Online Option

The fully online degree option adapts to fit your schedule and your lifestyle regardless of your location. 

Program of Study

A student entering the Master of Library Science Program will complete 36 credit hours for the graduate degree. All requirements must be completed within six calendar years.

More information about this program

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

Please contact Roseanne Perkins, our MLS graduate program coordinator, to discuss the many excellent career opportunities a KU MLS degree can help you pursue.

Quotation Mark

KU prepared me for a career that allows me to bring my world of interest together daily. Whether it is my love of historic reenactment, integration of technology into teaching and learning, and passion for instilling a love of reading.

Emily Calaman '17
  • Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
    • Teaching Certification or GRE score report
    • Three letters of recommendation


    Fall semester: August 1st

    Spring semester: December 1st

    Summer sessions: May 1st

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Library Science (MLS)
    1. Students will research and synthesize professional resources to make critical recommendations regarding the curation of resources and development of information and media. 
    2. Students will be collaborative leaders who engage in ethical practices and research and analysis in the use of informational and instructional technologies. 
    3. Students will research, evaluate and recommend effective resources and activities that contribute to their own patrons' lifelong learning while accommodating a wide range or differences in learning styles, interests, and capacities.
    4. Students will research, evaluate and recommend resources and learning activities that represent a diversity of experiences, opinions, social and cultural perspectives, supporting the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are prerequisites to effective and responsible citizenship in a democracy.

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