MA in Library Science

The Master of Arts in Library Science degree program at Texas Woman's University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Continued accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for 2024. 

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 different types of information environments, with the opportunity to specialize in a Program Track

Steps to Admission

Applicants must apply to both the TWU Graduate School and SLIS. See steps 1 and 2 below. 

1. Apply to the TWU Graduate School

  • No standard test score is required if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or above, or if you have another graduate degree. 
  • If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, you are required to submit 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). 

2. 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 425769, Denton, TX 76204-5769OR submit the materials via email to

  • SLIS Application Form (fillable PDF form; Chrome browser recommended) 
  • A resume 
  • A 2-page statement of intent (your professional goals and career interests) 
  • 3 professional reference letters sent via postal mail on official letterhead OR sent via email (to directly from the name of the reference 

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. 

Contact Information

For questions on the SLIS admissions process, please contact Cyndee Tanttari in the SLIS office at 940-898-2602, or

Total credit hours for MA in Library Science degree: 39 hours

Core Courses: 27 hours

  • LS 5083 Foundations of Library and Information Studies 
  • LS 5053 Information Retrieval (formerly LS 5013) 
  • LS 5043 Information and Communication Technology 
  • LS 5023 Information Organization 
  • 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: 3 hours

Research tool: 3 hours

Thesis: 6 hours

Professional Preparation

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.

Page last updated 10:17 AM, July 13, 2017