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MLS Library Science

MLS Library Science

SLIM (The School of Library and Information Management) offers a 36-credit-hour Master of Library Science (MLS) degree, fully accredited by the American Library Association. MLS courses are designed to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students and taught in six locations: Denver, Emporia, Orem, Overland Park, Portland, and Salt Lake City. SLIM also offers an online 18-credit-hour Archives Studies certificate and a School Library Media Specialist program. MLS students go through classes as a cohort, which optimizes the academic support system and provides a professional network that includes 112 years of SLIM alumni. All required MLS courses are taught face-to-face in two weekend-intensive classes supplemented by online Canvas instruction. Admissions requirements include a BA or BS degree, all official undergraduate transcripts, and an admissions interview. For more information about the SLIM program, faculty, curriculum, and application process please go to:

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What can you do with a degree in Library Science?

  • Librarian in a public library.
  • Librarian in an academic library.
  • Librarian in a public or private school.
  • Librarian in a special library (e.g., medical librarian)
  • Employment in a publishing house
  • Knowledge Management Specialist
  • Records Manager
  • Archivist in historical or corporate archive
  • Archivist in museum


  • Archives Studies
  • Librarianship for Children and Young Adults
  • Leadership and Administration


  • Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA) 
  • Special Libraries Association (SLA) 
  • Beta Phi Mu 

Requirements and Courses

  • 22 hours of required courses
  • 14 hours of electives from the SLIM MLS course catalog
  • Total hours for MLS degree: 36


  • Graduate assistantships available to support online and face-to-face classes and research with faculty members.
  • A graduate assistantship at the ESU Newman Division of Nursing Library for students interested in medical librarianship.
  • Graduate assistantships available for administrative work in the SLIM Office.
  • Minimum stipend approximately $7200 for fall/spring semesters.
  • Must work 20 hrs. per week.
  • Full tuition waiver each semester (must pay fees).
  • Subsidized graduate assistant health insurance available.
  • Must apply at

Quick Facts

SLIM has nearly 350 MLS and Ph.D. students in six teaching locations

The SLIM program addresses non-traditional students who work full time and are unable to attend traditional weekly classes

SLIM has regional directors at all teaching sites who provide personalized academic advising

ESU's White Library provides distance library services to all students

Students may call SLIM and ESU for toll-free technology assistance

SLIM saves student dollars with affordable tuition and financial aid/scholarships

International service-learning field trips enhance student learning