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Admission Requirements Master of Science in Library Science



Library Science degree program must meet Division of Graduate Studies admission requirements with the following additions:

1. an overall QPA for the baccalaureate degree of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; or
2. a 3.00 QPA for the last 60 credits of the baccalaureate degree with an overall quality point average of at least 2.75; or
3. a 2.75 to 2.99 overall QPA for the baccalaureate degree with a score of at least 412 on the Miller Analogies Test or a combined score of at least 1,000 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination or new test equivalent; or
4. a graduate degree in another discipline with an overall QPA of at least 3.00. International students are required to achieve a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL. M.S.L.S. with Pennsylvania

Library Science Certification In addition to the above, students earning their initial M.S.L.S. certification with Pennsylvania Library Science Certification program must meet the following additional requirements:
1. completion of at least six credits of college-level mathematics and
2. completion of at least six credits of college-level English composition and literature.
Applicants without valid teacher certification must also pass the Praxis I pre-professional skills tests. State law limits the number of applicants with an overall QPA for the baccalaureate degree of less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale who can be admitted to the School Library Media Certification program.


Master of Science in Library Science with Pennsylvania Library Science K-12 Certification

A student wishing to obtain Pennsylvania Library Science Certification, K-12, must hold a valid teaching certificate (or meet the requirements for preliminary certification by taking required undergraduate courses); complete 36 semester hours of an approved curriculum in library science. Students without prior certification will take 12 semester hours of student teaching; students with emergency Pennsylvania Library Science Certification may petition the department to substitute a portfolio for the internship requirement.

Required courses for the Master of Science in Library Science degree with Pennsylvania Library Science Certification, K-12, include: LS 500, 501, 502, 504, 529, 532, 550, 577, 583, 589, and one elective course.


Master of Science in Library Science/Juris Doctor Program

The department offers a joint M.S.L.S./J.D. program in cooperation with Widener University School of Law's Harrisburg, Pa., campus. Students must be admitted to both programs separately. Any six credits of coursework taken as part of a student's J.D. program may be applied to that student's M.S.L.S. program, and vice versa. These courses will be chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisors. The department also offers a joint MSLS/MA in Applied History program in cooperation with Shippensburg University. Students must be accepted by each instruction through a separate applications process at teach university. Students enrolled in the joint program will receive a six-hour (two-course) reduction in total hours required for the two degrees.


Continuing Education Certificate of Advanced Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies program is designed to provide the post-master's student an opportunity to expand and update professional skills and competencies through a structured pattern of continuing education. Study may be either full- or part-time. On a full-time basis, the certificate may be completed in two semesters. Requirements include a written statement of personal/professional goals, completion of a program of 15 graduate credits within a four-year period, and maintenance of a 3.00 QPA. Documentation required for admission includes a goals statement, an official transcript from the school that granted the ALA-accredited master's degree in library science, completed university application for admission form and recommendation forms, and the application fee. Further information is available from the Graduate Studies office.