The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) partners with several other UNC-Chapel Hill schools, as well as North Carolina State University, to offer students the opportunity to pursue two degrees simultaneously. Many students find this approach offers the knowledge, skills, and integrated perspective needed to become competitive candidates and leading professionals in their targeted field.

The goal of the dual degree program is to maximize learning, minimize course and content overlap, and provide students with a means to earn two degrees as efficiently as possible while maintaining the integrity and high standards of each degree. Students can expect to complete both degrees in three academic years.

Dual Degree Options

Art History

MSLS or MSIS from SILS

MAH (Master in Art History) from the UNC Department of Art
This program draws on the shared interests of librarians and art historians in areas such as the preservation and documentation of works, the management and development of art collections, and the indexing, abstracting, and classification of these collections. As museums and galleries move toward digital repositories and expanded online access, art institutions are also looking for individuals who are cognizant of the correct use of newly emerging technologies in information and library science, while also understanding the peculiar challenges and opportunities offered by working in the field of art and art history.

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SILS Required Courses

161 Tools for Information Literacy or successful completion of the Technology Competency Test

500 Human Information Interactions

509 Information Retrieval

520 Organization of Information

523 Database I

560 Programming

581 Research Methods Overview

582 Systems Analysis

585 Management for Information Professionals

781 Proposal Preparation and Presentation (1.5 credits)

992 Masters Paper

Art Required Courses

ART 850 Methods

ART 992 Thesis Writing

ART 993 Thesis Registration

Remaining 9 courses must include:

Five (5) graduate level seminars numbered 900 and above

Two (2) before 1700 CE

Two (2) after 1700 CE

Double Counted Courses

From ART (9)

ART 850 Methods

ART Elective of students choice

ART Elective of students choice

From SILS (6)

INLS 554 Cultural Institutions

INLS 752 Digital Preservation and Access

Business Administration

MSIS from SILS

MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School
This dual degree responds to the marketplace needs for high-tech managers with well-rounded, leading-edge business skills. The program uniquely prepares information entrepreneurs of the future and those seeking to take advantage of brand new career opportunities.

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SILS Required Courses

161 Tools for Information Literacy or successful completion of the Technology Competency Test

500 Human Information Interactions

509 Information Retrieval

520 Organization of Information

523 Database I

560 Programming

581 Research Methods Overview

582 Systems Analysis

585 Management for Information Professionals (sub MBA 801 and MBA 803/804)

781 Proposal Preparation and Presentation (1.5 credits)

992 Masters Paper

MBA Required Courses

MBA 730 Financial Accounting

MBA 771 Financial Tools

MBA 741 Marketing: Core Concepts & Tools

MBA 714 Business Statistics and Analytics

MBA 801 Leading & Managing

MBA 773 Microeconomics

MBA 800 Business Strategy

MBA 772 Finance

MBA 703 Operations

MBA 774 Global Economics

MBA 715 Data Analytics and Decision Making

MBA 830P Professional Communication Skills

MBA 731 Managerial Accounting

MBA 787B, 799 or 802 Management Communication Skills

MBA 810 Teamwork Assessment

MBA 807A Core Case Competition

MBA 807B Leadership Initiative Credit

Double Counted Courses

From Business: (9 hours)

MBA 801 (1.5, counts in fulfillment credit for INLS 585)

MBA 715 (1.5)

MBA 803/804 (1.5, counts in partial fulfillment for INLS 585)

MBA Intro to Entrepreneurship (1.5)

MBA Groups & Team Organizations (1.5)

MBA Elective (1.5)

From SILS: (9 hours)

INLS 582 (3)

INLS 500 (3)

INLS 523 (3)

Government

MSLS or MSIS from SILS

MPA (Master in Public Administration) from the UNC School of Government
The stewardship of public information is a fundamental responsibility of a democratic society. Public information (e.g. agency records, government publications, datasets) serves as evidence of governmental activities, decisions, and responsibilities as well as of legal contracts at the local, county, state, and federal levels. Providing appropriate access to public information promotes accountability, rights of citizens, effective administration of policy, and social memory.

Archivists, records managers, librarians and other information professionals are often directly charged with ensuring that public information is accessible and meaningful over time. However, the distributed nature of both government and modern information systems places responsibility for the stewardship of public information into the hands of many other professionals, including those who develop, implement, and interpret public policies.

The MSIS/MSLS and MPA dual degree program integrates policy development, issues of legal compliance, and extensive knowledge of government structures and information with principles, values, methods, and technologies of the information professions.

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SILS Required Courses

161 Tools for Information Literacy or successful completion of the Technology Competency Test

500 Human Information Interactions

509 Information Retrieval

520 Organization of Information

523 Database I

560 Programming

581 Research Methods Overview (sub PUBA 719)

582 Systems Analysis

585 Management for Information Professionals (sub PUBA 711)  

781 Proposal Preparation and Presentation (1.5 credits)

992 Masters Paper

MPA Required Courses

PUBA 709 PA Institutions and Values

PUBA 719 PA Analysis and Evaluation (counts as INLS 581)

PUBA 721 Professional Communication

PUBA 760 Law for Public Administration

PUBA 710 Organization Theory

PUBA 720 PA Analysis and Evaluation II

PUBA 723 HR Management

PUBA 731 Public Financial Management

PUBA required summer work experience

PUBA 711 Public Service Leadership (counts as INLS 585)

PUBA 745 Professional Work Experience (1)

PUBA 746 MPA Portfolio

PUBA Elective

PUBA Elective

Double Counted Courses

From Government: (9 hours)

PUBA 721

PUBA 760

PUBA 720

From SILS: (9 hours)

INLS 509

INLS 500

INLS 525

Health Policy

MSLS or MSIS from SILS

MHA (Master in Health Policy and Administration) from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health
SILS has teamed with the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health to offer dual programs of study reflecting changes in the field of public health and in society at large.

Professionals who understand the implications and potential for personal health information collection, electronics health records management, and other health informatics applications, as well as the needs of various patient and practitioner populations, will be eminently qualified to help humanity achieve high quality, accessible, and affordable health systems.

Law

MSLS or MSIS from SILS

JD (Juris Doctorate) from the UNC School of Law
Issues such as public access to information, ownership of information, an individual's control over personal information, or an institution's reliance on information systems to accurately gather and analyze data all require critical legal analysis and knowledge of information systems and usage. Professionals with degrees in law and library science are employed in law schools, law firms, federal, state, and local courts, government agencies, and corporations.

Possession of both the law degree and the library science degree is a common requirement for entry-level positions in academic law libraries and both degrees are essential for advancement in the profession. Larger law firms are increasingly requiring that their librarians have a law degree plus an MSLS.

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SILS Required Courses

161 Tools for Information Literacy or successful completion of the Technology Competency Test**

500 Human Information Interactions

509 Information Retrieval

520 Organization of Information

523 Database I

560 Programming

581 Research Methods Overview

582 Systems Analysis

585 Management for Information Professionals  

781 Proposal Preparation and Presentation (1.5 credits)

992 Masters Paper

JD Required Courses

LAW 201 Civil Procedure (4)

LAW 203 Contracts (4)

LAW 205 Criminal Law (4)

LAW 207 Property (4)

LAW 209 Torts (4)

LAW 234 Constitutional Law (4)

LAW 266 Professional Responsibility  (2)

LAW 295 Research, Writing and Advocacy I (3)

LAW 296 Research, Writing and Advocacy II  (3)

LAW Course designated as writing experience (3)

LAW Course designated as rigorous writing experience (3)

Additional Requirements for Dual Degree students:

LAW 210 Copyright

LAW 265 Intellectual Property Law (3)

LAW 267 Advanced Legal Research (3)

LAW 357 Cyberspace Law Seminar (3)

Double Counted Courses

From Law ( 9 hours)

LAW 210 Copyright

LAW 265 Intellectual Property Law

LAW 357 Cyberspace Law 

From SILS:  (12 hours)

INLS 584 Information Ethics

INLS 707 Government Information

INLS 708 Law Libraries and Legal Information

INLS 795 Field Experience (shared credit if law related)

INLS 992 (shared credit if law related)

Electives

SILS Electives to Offset INLS 781:

INLS 572 Wed Development

INLS 573 Mobile Web Development

INLS 625 Introduction to Big Data and NoSQL

INLS 712 Introduction to Text Mining

INLS 714 Introduction to Information Analytics

INLS 722 Introduction to Metadata Architectures and Applications

INLS 724 Introduction to Electronic Records Management

INLS 765 Information Technology Foundations for Managing Digital Collections

LAW Electives (21 hours) of the students choice

Nursing

MSLS or MSIS from SILS

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) from the UNC School of Nursing
Increasingly, employers believe an understanding and mastery of information technology and management is of paramount important for success in the health care field. SILS and the UNC School of Nursing (SON) offer a dual degree program that will prepare students with technical backgrounds in information system development and management, information networks, decision support systems, web applications, and more.

Public History

MSLS or MSIS from SILS

MA (Master of Arts in Public History) from the NCSU Department of History
Today's marketplace frequently demands that archivists, manuscript curators, and records managers have both historical knowledge and advanced information management skills. Neither a master's degree in history nor one in information and library science is ideal, by itself, to prepare the new archival workforce that must be able to appraise and describe historical records, create websites, and preserve electronic documents. To meet the needs of the archival profession, SILS, in conjunction with the Public History program at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) have established the cooperative archival program.

Requirements for all dual degrees
  • Students must apply, be admitted, and accept admission to each graduate program at the same time and abide by all program requirements. It's best that individuals identify their interest in a dual degree program prior to applying to UNC. Students who decide they want to pursue dual degrees after enrolling in their first semester at SILS should apply for admission to the other program, informing the registrar and the coordinators of both programs at the time of application.
  • Once students are accepted and admitted, they may enroll both programs. Students will be “term-activated” each semester for the program in which they take the majority of their classes, and their tuition will be based on the department or school in which they are “term-activated.”
  • Dual degree students can “double count” a certain percentage of their classes from one program to the other. The number of credit hours can vary from program to program, but all programs are designed to enable students to finish both degrees in three years.