The online Master of Library Science at Appalachian

The Master of Library Science at Appalachian State University is a flexible, online program that helps you define your role as a leading information professional.

With a highly interactive curriculum designed to challenge and engage you while remaining convenient for the working professional, as a graduate of this Online Education program, you will be uniquely prepared for a career in school and/or rural libraries.

Completion of the Master of Library Science program entitles the graduate to apply for licensure (076 Media Coordinator) from the State of North Carolina as well as Public Librarian Certification from the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission.

It is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Program information

  • This program blends synchronous (set meeting times in an online classroom) and asynchronous (with coursework completed on your schedule) courses
  • Completion time: two years
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  • A dual-master’s degree is available with the Master of Arts in Educational Media. Please refer questions to the program contact.

(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Eligibility and application requirements

Eligibility

Applicants must:

Note: Completing this program entitles students to apply for Public Librarian Certification from the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission; in addition, students who hold NC “A” licensure and present passing scores on the specialty area PRAXIS/NTE are entitled to apply for 076 Media Coordinator Licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Students who do not hold a valid North Carolina teaching license will be required to take additional coursework and internship hours in order to seek 076 licensure.

Admissions exam:


COVID-19 Update Effective 8/5/2020:

Individuals applying to programs for admission in Spring 2021 or later will be expected to submit scores for the required entrance exam unless they meet their intended program's criteria for waiving the exam (see more about admissions exam criteria below). Both the GRE and the GMAT are available in an at-home / online format; in addition, many testing centers have reopened and are available for on-site testing.


GRE or MAT waivers are available if the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or better or an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and 5 or more years experience in a public library or a school with a supporting letter of recommendation from a supervisor.

No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above will be required to take the official general GRE or MAT exam in accordance with Graduate School policy.

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
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  • Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
  • Three references
  • Application fee

Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification.  Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at stateauthorization@appstate.edu or 828-262-7559.

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