Library Science

Master's Degree Program

Graduate opportunities

Administered by the Department of Information Science at the University of North Texas, our Master of Science degree program gives you a strong foundation and sets you apart in the rapidly changing field of library science.

The Library Science master's program provides the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as a library science and information professional. Many graduates work in public libraries, academic libraries or special libraries maintained by government agencies, corporations, law firms, museums or medical centers. You can focus your studies on one of the following areas based on your career goals. Descriptions about each focus area are available on the next panel.

  • Archival studies and imaging technology
  • Distributed learning librarianship
  • General program of study
  • Information organization
  • Law librarianship and legal informatics
  • Youth librarianship

The master's program is accredited by the American Library Association (50 E. Huron St.; Chicago, Ill. 60611-2795; telephone 800-545-2433). This distinction means we have passed strict academic standards for excellence in education and secured a place among the leaders in the field.

Innovative course delivery

Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended. The core courses are offered online with a face-to-face component known as a web institute.

Distance students participating in the web institute format meet at a web institute host site for either one nine-day institute or two four-day institutes and complete the remaining courses online. Cohorts are available in:

  • El Paso, the Texas Panhandle and West Texas
  • Houston
  • Georgia
  • Los Angeles and Northern California
  • Nevada and Utah
  • South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana
  • Virginia

Outstanding student support and accolades The educational experience is enhanced by student organization activities, interaction with local chapters of national professional associations and pre-professional work with community libraries and corporations.

In addition to the ALA accreditation, our programs have been nationally recognized and received numerous other recognitions. The accolades include:

  • Being ranked one of the nation's best Medical Informatics graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report (No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in Texas)
  • Being ranked one of the nation's best master's programs in Library and Information Sciences, according to U.S. News and World Report (No. 21 nationally)
  • Having the third largest endowment among library and information science programs in the U.S.
  • Receiving funds for research and student support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, the Online Computer Library Center and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Available focus areas

Archival Studies and Imaging Technology

Provides the skills needed for production, archival and preservation of records, appraisal and acquisitions. Also prepares you to work with imaging for archives, museums and libraries.

Distributed Learning Librarianship

Equips you to work in an environment that supports distributed learning. Also provides grounding in information and telecommunication technologies that underpin distributed learning, as well as a better understanding of copyright and intellectual property issues.

General Program of Study

Prepares graduates to succeed in a wide range of positions in both private and public organizations. Also provides leadership and demonstrates theoretical knowledge of library and information science and their applications in different fields.

Information Organization

Supplies the necessary skills to organize information for a wide variety of information formats, resources, systems and environments. Graduates may be responsible for library cataloging, classification, metadata development and use.

Law Librarianship and Legal Informatics

Grooms you for careers in law libraries, information organizations using legal information resources and information publishers. Enables law librarians to play key roles in the management of legal information in diverse settings.

Youth Librarianship

Primes you for a career in different library settings including metropolitan, suburban, rural, public and academic libraries where they can provide library services to people who teach and work with youth and youth-related information services.

Research resources

Through the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium , you'll have access to a variety of offerings from other consortium members. We plan to enrich the WISE offerings through several of our courses each semester.

The Texas Center for Digital Knowledge assembles scholars from multiple disciplines to investigate and consult on technologies and practices that enhance organizational and workplace effectiveness. TxCDK provides research support services for faculty members and doctoral students, and it sponsors lectures and workshops.

Additional research labs include the Information Research and Analysis Lab , the Intelligent Information Access Lab and the Visual Thinking Lab

We're also members of several key organizations and consortiums that provide unique research opportunities to our students. Among them is the iSchools organization, which allows you to be trained in research by world renowned scholars.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School and supply the department the following:

  • Program application
  • Statement of purpose indicating qualifications and your goals in applying to our program
  • Two letters of recommendation

For forms and more information about program admission requirements, visit our website. We also offer personal advising by phone and in person.

Degree requirements

  • 9 credit hours of core courses
  • 6 credit hours of major course requirements
  • 21 credit hours of electives (determined in consultation with a faculty advisor and depending on your career objectives, interests and previous experience)
  • Field experience with six months of professional experience in a paid position or a 120-hour practicum/internship in a library environment
  • In lieu of a thesis, an end of program exam is required during your last semester before graduation

Financial assistance

The university and department offer multiple options to help you pursue your graduate degree. The options include loans, library or teaching assistantships, scholarships, internships or co-ops, and part-time employment.

Information about federal financial assistance programs is available at the financial aid site. Department scholarship information is available at our website.

Flexible scheduling allows you to work part time or full time while pursuing your degree. Libraries, agencies and corporations offer part-time employment, internships or co-op experiences