HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY DEGREE?

The 36-credit-hour MLS program will take six semesters, or two calendar years, to complete if you take the two recommended three- credit-hour courses each semester. You may wish (or need) to go through your MLS program at a faster (or slower) pace. That is, of course, possible. Just remember that you have seven years to complete your MLS—and that you need to keep your advisor aware of your plans or needs.

HOW MANY COURSES MAY I TAKE IN A SEMESTER?

Because of SLIM wishes to promote collegial bonding and academic coherence of its curriculum, it has established the cohort system in the Kansas campus in which the required theory and tool courses are sequenced through the fourth semester. In addition, the SLIM faculty set a course load policy that no student may take more than ten credit hours per semester (which usually translates to three courses at three credit hours per course or two three-credit-hour courses plus two two-credit-hour courses). While exceptions are made occasionally, we in the SLIM Advising Office support the faculty’s course sequence and course load guidelines.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS A CLASS MEETING?

We understand that “life happens,” so we do everything we can to accommodate students’ emergencies. If you are unable to attend any of a weekend course’s meetings, you will need to drop from the class. (You will not be eligible for a full refund, unless there is medical documentation. See the Advising Office for more details.) If you attended a first weekend but are unable to attend a second weekend, we will do what we can to assist: you might be asked to make up the class at another site or during another semester (with permission from instructor(s), or submit an additional assignment. In an emergency, should you need to miss any hours, special arrangements should be made directly with the instructor. The key is to communicate with us ASAP.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO MISS PART OF A CLASS MEETING?

Slim adheres to what we call the “25 percent rule” for each class weekend. Assuming instructor permission, a student cannot be missing for more than 25 percent of the contact hours (or weekend intensive), which translates (loosely) to two hours per weekend. In other words, with instructor permission, a student can miss up to two hours per weekend. Of course, whatever the instructor puts into his or her syllabus is the policy of record.

WHAT IF I DECIDE THAT I WOULD RATHER TAKE A CLASS AT A DISTANCE SITE?

Students admitted to the SLIM-Kansas program can go anywhere we offer classes on a space available basis. Several Kansas students have taken advantage of out-of-state weekend intensive offerings to better accommodate their schedules. If you are a Kansas resident, you will be charged Kansas state tuition.

AM I REQUIRED TO DO A PRACTICUM?

If you are seeking school library media licensure or the Archives Studies Certificate, you will be required to do a practicum. If you are enrolled in general MLS studies, you will not be required to do a practicum. In other words, the general practicum is optional.

MAY I TRANSFER COURSES I HAVE TAKEN FROM OTHER SCHOOLS?

ESU allows up to six credit hours of transfer graduate work from an accredited graduate-degree-issuing institution, although you are not guaranteed those six hours. Remember, though, that the year and semester in which those courses were taken will change your matriculation date. For example, if you began your MLS program in fall 2008, then you have until fall 2014 to complete your MLS (a maximum of seven years). However, if you were to transfer a graduate course you took in fall 2002, then your matriculation date falls back to 2002, and you would have to complete your MLS by fall 2009 (which may be impractical or impossible). In order to transfer other graduate coursework, you will need to submit a formal application, in which you explain how this coursework supplements our current MLS program, as well as a copy of the course syllabus. You will also need to arrange for its institutional transcript to be sent to ESU’s Graduate Office. No transfer credits will be approved until you have been declared eligible for degree candidacy. To transfer credits the Transfer Request Form must be submitted.