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.
ENROLLMENT AND COMPLETION RATES
Number of Students Admitted and Number of Degrees Awarded Per Academic Year
|MLS Degree- All Sites||2011-2012||2012-2013||2013-2014||2014-2015||2015-2016||2016-2017||2017-2018|
|Number of Students Admitted||121||148||163||173||135||194||244|
|Number of Degrees Awarded||157||139||122||122||140||145||122|
The MLS Program has an average retention rate of 89.5% with the majority of students completing the program in 2 years (6 semesters).
GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT AREAS
|Library Type||Percentage of Graduates|
|Other Information Agencies||5.17%|
January 2018 Alumni Survey – 522 respondents out of 2610 SLIM alumni
Out of the respondents slightly over 80% indicated that they have been employed in a professional position in a library or information agency for over one year (419/522, 80.3%). Of the 419 respondents who indicated being employed in a professional position for more than a year, 17.24% responded that they have been in such a position for more than a year but less than five years (90/522). Another 18.58% have been a professional position for more than five years but less than ten years (97/522). Lastly, 44.44% of respondents indicated that they have been in a professional position for more than ten years (232/522).