MSLS Curriculum

Degree Requirements

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

  • Satisfactory completion of the SILS Information Technology Competency Requirement prior to the start of your first semester
  • 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

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Comprehensive Exam Guidelines

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)

Information Technology Competency Requirement

All incoming SILS master’s students must have demonstrated competency for basic computer applications. If you already have credit for INLS 161 (261) or 461 you are not required to take the Information Technology Competency Test. You may either:
  • Successfully complete the information technology test, OR
  • Register for INLS 161 your first semester; however, this class will not count toward the 48 credits needed for your master’s degree.

The objective of the information technology competency requirement is for incoming students to show facility with web pages, basic server commands, and basic usage of common office applications. The tasks in the following test - hyperlinked below - should be fairly simple for someone who has the required technology competence.

If you encounter something you do not understand in the specific instructions, you can find answers within the help or manual functions of the tool involved, by searching the internet, or by using resources linked from the INLS 161 course webpage.  

You may take the test as many times as you need to in order to pass it.  If your first attempt is unsuccessful, please teach yourself the knowledge you need to complete the test and then re-submit.  

If we do not have evidence of your completed technology requirement by that date, you will need to register for INLS 161 your first semester (but you will not receive graduate credit for the class toward your degree), so PLEASE complete the test successfully by the date listed.

Take the Information Technology Competency Test

DEADLINE: You MUST have completed this test one week before classes start for the semester in which you begin your studies:
  • August 14, 2017 for students beginning in the fall 2017 semester
  • January 1, 2018 for students beginning in the spring 2018 semester

Course Selection

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 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.