Master of Library Science Degree (MLS)

The Master of 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 Library Science (MLS) degree is available entirely online and is designed to prepare professionals to work 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, 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 MLS degree: 36 hours

Core Courses: 24 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 5843 Practicum 

Electives: 12 hours

Professional Preparation

Preparation for the MLS degree 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 courses selected according to the student's career goals; 3) completion of a practicum or internship (may be waived if the student has had comparable and substantial experience in a library or other information environment, to be replaced with an advisor approved elective).

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