Dual Graduate Program in Library Science and History
The MLS/MA is a dual degree offered jointly by the
Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (GSLIS) and
the History Department. It is coordinated by the
Graduate Advisor for GSLIS and the Director of Graduate Studies in
The program offers students the opportunity to
develop skills in the methodologies of both library science, including archival
and special collections management, and historical research.
Graduates of the program will receive two degrees, one in the Master of Library Science and the other in the Master of Arts in History, and
will be well suited for professional careers in academic libraries, museums,
oral history initiatives, document conservation, and public or private archives,
and for admission into Ph.D. programs in either History or Library
The 54-credit program can be completed in three
years of full-time study and up to six years for part-time study. The first several semesters should focus
on the coursework requirements for both GSLIS and History.
Students should consult advisors in either department in selecting
courses that are relevant for their research and career goals. As
part of their elective coursework, they are strongly encouraged to consider
internships at local archives, museums, academic libraries, or other relevant
institutions, for which either GSLIS or History credit will be awarded.
Students may also consider the GSLIS certificate program in Archives
Management in conjunction with the joint degree.
Toward the end of the program, students will
undertake a six-credit final thesis or project, constituted by LBSCI 709 and
HIST 792, to be taken concurrently, under the advisement of faculty members from
both GSLIS and History.
Students will complete the following components,
totaling 54 credits:
GSLIS, required (12 credits):
LBSCI 700: The
Technology of Information
LBSCI 701: Fundamentals
of Library and Information Science
LBSCI 702: Information
Sources and Service: General
LBSCI 703: Introduction
to Technical Services
GSLIS, electives (12 credits):
any other four LBSCI
History, required (3 credits):
HIST 791: Introduction
to Historical Research
History, electives (21 credits):
any other seven HIST
graduate courses, chosen in consultation with the DGS
Thesis/project (6 credits):
LBSCI 709: Research in
Library and Information Studies
HIST 792: MLS/MA Capstone Research Project
Students should plan to take LBSCI 709 before HIST 792, or to complete the two courses concurrently. Students may not take HIST 792 before completing LBSCI 709 without written approval from the MLS/MA program directors.
How to apply
Students wishing to apply to this program must apply online at this link.
Follow the prompts to apply to the Library Studies and History Program. No other form of application will be accepted.
An interview is required for admission, and
applicants will be contacted after the committee has read their
materials. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
During this initial
introduction of the program, questions regarding those already enrolled
in either the MLS or History MA will be handled on an individual basis.