The School of Library and Information Science ("School") conforms to the University of Kentucky Graduate School in offering three forms of the master's degree: the Master of Science in Library Science (M.S.L.S.) and the Master of Arts (M.A.), plans A and B. Most students elect the M S L S degree, which requires satisfactory completion of 36 credit hours and of the final written examination. The 36 credit hours are distributed in this way: 12 hours of core courses, a qualifying technology course, 21 hours of additional electives. The required core courses are LIS600 Information in Society, LIS 601 Information Sources and Services, LIS 602 Information Storage and Retrieval, and LIS 603 Management in Library and Information Science. Qualifying technology courses are LIS 636 Microcomputers in Libraries and Information Centers, LIS 637 Information Technology, LIS 638 Internet Technologies and Information Services, and LIS 668 Information Systems Design. With the faculty advisor's prior approval, as many as 6 elective hours may be taken in a cognate area of study. Transfer credit is limited to 9 credit hours and includes any of the School's courses taken while in post-baccalaureate status.
The M.A. degree, plan A, requires essentially the above plus (i) satisfactory demonstration of a language competency and (ii) a thesis, which substitutes for six elective hours. Six hours must be in a cognate area. The M.A., plan B, is the same as plan A except 6 hours of advanced bibliography or technical services course work substitute for the thesis.
Degree requirements allow a student considerable freedom to design her/his program to suit individual needs and interests. The curriculum is sufficiently varied to permit opportunities to build both breadth and depth into the course of study. The student is assisted in this endeavor by a faculty advisor who provides guidance and counsel. Advisor assignment is based, when possible, on student interests and preferences. Ultimately, however, it is the student's responsibility to see that all School and Graduate School requirements are met prior to taking the final written examination.
The School's budget and number of faculty limit enrollment in the master's program, and meeting the GPA and GRE criteria (see below) does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are competitive, based on (i) analysis of a variety of relevant factors regarding the applicant and (ii) enrollment in the master's program, which determines the number of applicants who can be admitted. The goal of the admission criteria is to enable the School to estimate the applicant's potential as a graduate student and information professional.
Three primary factors are considered in deciding whether to admit an applicant to the School: (1) a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; (2) an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher, and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on any prior graduate work, in both cases on a scale with A = 4.0; (3) Graduate Record Examination scores , (a) on the General Test taken before October 1, 2002 , of 450 or higher on the verbal section and of 400 or higher on the quantitative section or on the analytical section; (b) on the General Test taken on or after October 1, 2002 , of 450 or higher on the verbal section and of 400 or higher on the quantitative section or 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Other factors, which are also considered in the admission decision, include personal references, personal interviews, work experience, academic background, other graduate work, progressive academic improvement, and the cultural and geographic origin of the applicant. Applicants for whom English is not the native language must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based test) or 213 (computer based test).
A grade point average of 3.00 (B) must be maintained. Failure to do so results in academic probation, and will result in dismissal, if, in the prescribed time, the grade point average is not raised to 3.00 or higher. A student who earns a third C (or lower) grade is dismissed from the program, even though the student may have earned the required minimum 3.00 grade point average and exercised the repeat option to remove one of the C (or lower) grades.
LIS 510 CHILDRENS LITERATURE AND RELATED MATERIALS (3)
LIS 514 LITERATURE AND RELATED MEDIA FOR YOUNG ADULTS (3)
LIS 600 INFORMATION IN SOCIETY (3)
LIS 601 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES (3)
LIS 602 INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL (3)
LIS 603 MANAGEMENT IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (3)
LIS 604 LIBRARY AND BOOK HISTORY (3)
LIS 605 INFORMATION POLICY AND TECHNOLOGY (3)
LIS 608 METHODS OF RESEARCH IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (3)
LIS 609 CURRENT PROBLEMS IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (3)
LIS 611 CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (3)
LIS 613 INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES FOR CHILDREN (3)
LIS 622 SOCIAL SCIENCE INFORMATION (3)
LIS 623 INFORMATION IN THE HUMANITIES (3)
LIS 624 INFORMATION IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (3)
LIS 625 INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES (3)
LIS 630 ONLINE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND SERVICES (3)
LIS 636 MICROCOMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION CENTERS (3)
LIS 637 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (3)
LIS 638 INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES AND INFORMATION SERVICES (3)
LIS 640 HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARIES (3)
LIS 641 LAW LIBRARIANSHIP (3)
LIS 643 ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPTS MANAGEMENT (3)
LIS 644 ADMINISTRATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTERS (3)
LIS 645 PUBLIC LIBRARIES (3)
LIS 646 ACADEMIC LIBRARIES (3)
LIS 647 CURRENT TRENDS IN SCHOOL MEDIA CENTERS (3)
LIS 650 TECHNICAL PROCESSING SYSTEMS (3)
LIS 651 LIBRARY AND INFORMATION NETWORKS (3)
LIS 653 PRESERVATION MANAGEMENT (3)
LIS 655 ORGANIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE I (3)
LIS 656 ORGANIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE II (3)
LIS 659 COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT (3)
LIS 668 INFORMATION SYSTEMS DESIGN (3)
LIS 675 PROFESSIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE (3)
LIS 676 SCHOOL MEDIA PRACTICUM (1-12)
LIS 690 SPECIAL TOPICS IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (1-3)
LIS 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (3)
LIS 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
LIS 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)