Specialized Study in Information Science, Certificate

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Certificate program is selective and based on the faculty’s assessment of the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study and potential contribution to the profession.  The faculty take a holistic approach to the admissions process.  Consequently, an applicant’s entire file and interview are taken into consideration before an admission decision is made.  The following materials are required for full consideration: 

  1. The School of Library and Information Science Supplemental Application (accessible through the Graduate School application), where applicants respond to statement provided;
  2. Official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended (whether or not a degree was earned);
  3. Two letters of recommendation attending to your academic performance and/or job performance—letters from friends and relatives addressing personal attributes do not qualify;
  4. A qualifying score on either the GRE or MAT—a previously earned master’s degree may be accepted in lieu of a test score at the discretion of the admissions committee; and, if appropriate for applicants whose native language is not English, a qualifying score on a test of English as another language and appropriate immigration documentation.

Certificate Requirements (12 Hours)

For the Certificate of Specialized Study in Information Science degree, an approved Program of Study with 12 semester hours of graduate course work must be completed with a minimum grade point ratio of 3.00 (B) overall. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation, each student will submit an electronic portfolio documenting learning and professional growth during the Certificate program.

Program of Study

Students may choose their elective courses in library and information science or a related discipline after consultation with an academic advisor. Each student’s program of study will be tailored according to prior course work and the student’s professional objectives. Courses which will be more than six years old at the time the Certificate is awarded may not be included on the student’s Program of Study.


Course Title Credits
Select one of the following:3
Internship in Library and Information Science
Independent Study in Library and Information Science
Thesis Prep
3-credit hour capstone experience (with approval of the student's advisor or the Graduate Director)
Select 9 hours of electives9
Total Credit Hours12

End-of-Program Portfolio

In their final semester, students will submit an end-of-program portfolio as part of the requirements for completing the Certificate of Specialized Study in Information Science. Students will submit a single portfolio with an additional required section specifically addressing the certificate required for students who have concurrently earned the certificate and the MLIS.