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The master's degree in Library Science program is accredited by the American Library Association.

The Master of Arts in Library Science (MA in Library Science) degree is available entirely online and is designed to prepare library and information professionals to conduct research in an information environment. This includes positions in:

  • Academic libraries
  • Public libraries
  • School libraries
  • Corporate and other special libraries

This preparation is achieved by: 1) the acquisition of knowledge in a set of courses basic to an understanding of library and information studies; 2) advanced instruction in a set of research courses; 3) completion of a thesis; and 4) experience in a research setting. As graduates conduct their professional research and/or move into doctoral programs in librarianship, they will make effective contributions to library research.

Goals of the MA in Library Science degree, in addition to goals for the MLS, are: 1) to contribute to the improvement of library and information services through research; 2) to produce graduates who can work in association with researchers in other disciplines; and 3) to produce graduates with research expertise needed to work in academic libraries, government agencies, etc.

Total hours: 39

Steps to Admission

  1. Apply to SLIS. Only complete application packets will be considered. Applicants are responsible for keeping their contact information current. Submit the following  materials, in a single, complete mailing, to TWU SLIS, PO Box 425438, Denton, TX 76204-5438.
  • SLIS application form (pdf)
  • A resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A 2-page statement of intent (your professional goals and career interests)

2.   Apply to the TWU Graduate School. 

  • SLIS requires the submission of an official standardized test score as part of the application to the Graduate School. Official test scores are accepted from the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Preferred scores fall at or above national aggregate medians for available demographic variables.
  • Note: Applicants holding a prior graduate degree are not required to submit the standardized test score. 

Application Deadlines

  • Applications continue to be accepted until all available spaces are filled.
  • The preferred application deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester, December 1 for the Spring semester, and May 1 for the Summer semester.

Core Courses for the MA in Library Science degree: 24 hours

  • LS 5083 Foundations of Library and Information Studies
  • LS 5013 Information Organization and Retrieval
  • LS 5043 Information and Communications Technology
  • LS 5003 Collection Development
  • LS 5263 Information Sources and Services
  • LS 5383 Library Management
  • LS 5753 Research Methods
  • LS 5843 Practicum

Electives in Library Science and other disciplines:  6 hours

Research tool:  3 hours

Thesis:  6 hours

Contact Information

For questions on the SLIS admissions process, please contact Ms. Brenda Mallory in the SLIS office at 940-898-2602, or

page last updated 3/27/2015 4:40 PM