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Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Continued Accreditation through the American Library Association.

Emporia State University is the only university in Kansas with a Master of Library Science degree fully accredited by the American Library Association. This degree, along with a variety of certificates and a doctoral degree, prepares information professionals for careers in both libraries and other information organizations. We also offer a School Library Media Licensure program which is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


The 36-hour Master of Library Science (MLS) program offered by the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University includes seven required courses (21 credit hours) plus a required one-hour Capstone course. The remaining 14 hours are electives, some of which count toward concentrations, licensures, or certificates which allow student to tailor the program to meet their individual needs and goals.

The required core courses include information and instruction regarding theory, tools, practical application, and leadership development in order to prepare students for careers in a variety of library settings and information agencies.


Number of Students Admitted and Number of Degrees Awarded Per Academic Year

MLS Degree- All Sites2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016
Number of Students Admitted 121 148 163 173 135
Number of Degrees Awarded 157 139 122 122 140

The MLS Program has an average retention rate of 89.5% with the majority of students completing the program in 2 years (6 semesters).


Library TypePercentage of Graduates
Public Libraries 31.86%
Academic Libraries 23.01%
Other Information Agencies 22.12%
School Libraries 13.27%
Special Libraries 7.08%
Government Libraries/Agencies 2.65%

January 2015 Alumni Survey – 120 respondents out of 497 alumni of past 5 years

Slightly less than half the respondents indicated their professional employment was achieved in more than one year but less than five years (50/120, 42.02%), and about one-quarter of the respondents indicated that their professional employment was achieved in more than five years but less than 10 years (28/150, 23.53%). About one-quarter (30/120, 24.21%) indicated they are not in a professional library position but in the same non-library position secured before earning the MLS.



Certificate of Accreditation 2016

Certificate of Accreditation 2008

Comprehensive Review for Accreditation 2015

Biennial Narrative Report to Committee on Accreditation 2013

Biennial Narrative Report to Committee on Accreditation 2011

Program Assessment of Student Learning (PASL) Summary 2010-2011