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Master of Science

Library Science and Information Services


The Library Science and Information Services program prepares candidates to become PK-12 school librarians. Our graduates provide learning environments that are rich in information resources and collaborate with teachers to maximize student learning.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Program

To be accepted into the program, the applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.75, three letters from references who can attest to the applicant’s professional and academic abilities, and a personal interview. An applicant who does not meet the overall graduate grade point average must be classified as “a non-degree seeking student” until achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA in 12 hours, taking the following courses: LIS 5100, Foundations of Librarianship; LIS 5250, Developing and Managing Collections; LIS 5240, Library Media Administration and LIS 5322, Reference Sources and Services. These courses must be taken and grades received prior to enrolling in other courses required for the degree or reapplying for admission.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (35 credit hours)

LIS 5100 Foundations of Librarianship 3
LIS 5240 Library Media Administration 3
LIS 5250 Developing & Managing Collections 3
LIS 5260 Library Systems & Information Technology 3
LIS 5270 Organizing Information 3
LIS 5322 Reference Sources & Services 3
LIS 5340 Children’s, Adolescent & Young Adult Literature 3
LIS 5770 Curriculum & the Media Center 3
LIS 5820 Practicum 3
LIS 5910 Action Research in School Libraries 3
LIS 6960 Research Paper 2

Graduate Electives in Library Science (3 credit hours)

Total: 35 credit hours

Certificate Questions

Students who seek Missouri School Library Media Specialist
PK-12 certification are advised to consult with Clinical
Services and Certification:

Clinical Services and Certification
University of Central Missouri
Lovinger 2170
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Questions About the Program

Ms. Rene Burress

Program Coordinator


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