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