Administered by the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas, our Master of Science degree program gives you a strong foundation and sets you apart in the rapidly changing field of library science.
The Library Science master's program provides the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as a library science and information professional. Many graduates work in public libraries, academic libraries or special libraries maintained by government agencies, corporations, law firms, museums or medical centers. You can focus your studies on one of the following areas based on your career goals. Descriptions about each focus area are available on the next panel.
- Archival studies and imaging technology
- Distributed learning librarianship
- General program of study
- Information organization
- Law librarianship and legal informatics
- Youth librarianship
The master's program is accredited by the American Library Association (50 E. Huron St.; Chicago, Ill. 60611-2795; telephone 800-545-2433). This distinction means we have passed strict academic standards for excellence in education and secured a place among the leaders in the field.
Innovative course delivery
Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended. The core courses are offered online with a face-to-face component known as a web institute.
Distance students participating in the web institute format meet at a web institute host site for either one nine-day institute or two four-day institutes and complete the remaining courses online. Cohorts are available in:
- El Paso, the Texas Panhandle and West Texas
- Los Angeles and Northern California
- Nevada and Utah
- South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana
Outstanding student support and accolades The educational experience is enhanced by student organization activities, interaction with local chapters of national professional associations and pre-professional work with community libraries and corporations.
In addition to the ALA accreditation, our programs have been nationally recognized and received numerous other recognitions. The accolades include:
- Being ranked one of the nation's best Medical Informatics graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report (No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in Texas)
- Being ranked one of the nation's best master's programs in Library and Information Sciences, according to U.S. News and World Report (No. 21 nationally)
- Having the third largest endowment among library and information science programs in the U.S.
- Receiving funds for research and student support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, the Online Computer Library Center and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Available focus areas
Archival Studies and Imaging Technology
Provides the skills needed for production, archival and preservation of records, appraisal and acquisitions. Also prepares you to work with imaging for archives, museums and libraries.
Distributed Learning Librarianship
Equips you to work in an environment that supports distributed learning. Also provides grounding in information and telecommunication technologies that underpin distributed learning, as well as a better understanding of copyright and intellectual property issues.
General Program of Study
Prepares graduates to succeed in a wide range of positions in both private and public organizations. Also provides leadership and demonstrates theoretical knowledge of library and information science and their applications in different fields.
Supplies the necessary skills to organize information for a wide variety of information formats, resources, systems and environments. Graduates may be responsible for library cataloging, classification, metadata development and use.
Law Librarianship and Legal Informatics
Grooms you for careers in law libraries, information organizations using legal information resources and information publishers. Enables law librarians to play key roles in the management of legal information in diverse settings.
Primes you for a career in different library settings including metropolitan, suburban, rural, public and academic libraries where they can provide library services to people who teach and work with youth and youth-related information services.