MSLS Curriculum

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) degree requires:

  • 48 semester hours of graduate-level course work
    • 22.5 hours of required core courses (see list below)
    • 25.5 hours of elective courses (see Course Selection below)
  • Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination
  • Satisfactory completion of a master's paper or project

First-Year student Checklist   

Second-Year Student Checklist

Comprehensive Exam Guidelines

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students are prepared to apply critical thinking to a particular challenge that might be experienced in a professional setting. They will be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of particular solutions, and use concrete examples to clarify the challenge and its possible solutions.
  2. Students are prepared to apply standard professional tools to problem definition and solution. They will be aware of the classic and current tools and technologies available to information professionals, and will be able to select and apply those tools and technologies to information problems. 
  3. Students are prepared to apply ideas, theories, and empirical evidence to solve problems that information professionals might face in the workplace.
  4. Students are prepared to demonstrate a nuanced understanding of a particular information setting/context, including the needs of the users; the types of materials being collected; the realities of budget, management, and organizational structure; the types of challenges faced and ways to address those challenges; new/current professional and research developments pertinent to the setting/context; the influences of social and political milieu on the setting/context; and how quality may be defined and assessed within that setting/context.
  5. Students are prepared to express their ideas clearly. They will be able to describe problems/challenges, situations, and solutions in an understandable way; synthesize ideas from multiple sources, and engage with those ideas in depth; and develop an argument in a coherent and logical manner.

MSLS Required Courses

  • INLS 500: Human Information Interactions (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
  • INLS 501: Information Resources and Services (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
  • INLS 513: Resource Selection and Evaluation (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
  • INLS 520: Organization of Information (3.0 credits) (suggested for first or second semester)
  • INLS 581: Overview of Research Methods (3.0 credits) (MUST be taken first or second semester)
  • INLS 585: Management for Information Professionals (3.0 credits) (suggested for third semester)
  • INLS 781: Proposal Preparation and Presentation (1.5 credits) (third semester, pre-req INLS 581) 
  • INLS 992: Master's Paper (3.0 credits) (usually final semester)
Electives

Most of the required 48 hours will be taken within SILS. Many students enrolled in the library science program also elect to take one or more courses in other departments on campus (such as the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, or the Department of Computer Science) or at nearby universities (principally NC Central, Duke and NC State).

Students without extensive practical experience are encouraged to enroll in the Professional Field Experience course (INLS 795). This structured practicum provides the opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge to an individually selected work environment.