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Masters in Library and Information Science

Program Details

University of Kentucky offers a Master of Library and Information Science degree for students interested in learning about the roles and responsibilities of librarians, information collection, cataloguing experts. Students will learn about the history of libraries and the roles of libraries in academic, public, or non-traditional library settings, and how the library system have incorporated information technology for the purpose of collection and management of data. In addition, students will work in preparing for the roles of librarians in developing their understanding of the creation, evaluation, and dissemination of information. Through the program, students may develop their understanding of cataloguing systems for objects, printed information, as well as digital information.

Students will focus on a curriculum that involves development of advanced cataloguing, classification, and retrieval of information within a library system. The curriculum consists of 36 credit hours of courses that include Information Seeking, Retrieval, and Services, Management in Library and Information Science, and Internet Technologies and Information Sciences.

Successful graduates of the program should be able to organize and represent recorded knowledge and information, demonstrate the descriptive and evaluative skills needed to organize recorded knowledge and information resources, and understand methods used to organize recorded knowledge and information.

Lastly, students graduating the program should be able to demonstrate understanding of systems of cataloguing, metadata, indexing, and classification standards and to demonstrate the ability to organize, create, archive, preserve, retrieve, manage, evaluate, and disseminate information resources in a variety of formats.


Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Verbal: New exam 150 or higher; old exam 450 or higher
Quantitative: New exam 140 or higher; old exam 400 or higher
Analytical writing 4.0 or higher.
Note: students must meet the verbal requirement and either the quantitative OR the analytical requirement.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges