Degree Requirements

UK's School of Information Science offers online courses that support a variety of careers in Librarianship. Whether you want to work in an academic or public library, a school setting or a non-traditional field, there is an array of courses for you. While a student in the Library Science (LIS) program, you should consult your advisor to select the best courses based on your interests, academic needs, and professional goals. We recommend students check in with their adviser at least once each semester to check their progress and maintain good communication. Areas students can pursue while at UK SIS include academic libraries, health information, information systems, public libraries, school libraries, and special libraries. See Academic Concentrations for more information on each of these areas.

Beginning for students enrolling in Spring semester, 2014: All students (all concentrations and school librarian) are required to take the four core courses (600, 601, 602, and 603). Non-school media students will then fulfill two technology requirements and two foundational requirements (see chart below), while school librarian students will follow a plan based on their rank/teaching status.  If you enrolled prior to Spring 2014, you will follow the degree requirements from your time of matriculation (for non-school librarian: 4 core courses, 1 Technology Component and 7 electives). Please contact Student Affairs if you are unsure of your requirements.

Degree Requirements for LIS Students (Non-School Librarian Program)


Core Courses (all required)

LIS 600 Information in Society

LIS 601 Information Seeking, Retrieval & Services

LIS 602 Information Representation & Access

LIS 603 Management in LIS


IT Requirement (Choose Two)

LIS 636 Foundations of Information Technology

LIS 634 Information Architecture

LIS 638 Internet Technologies & Information Services

LIS 661 Intro to Data Science^

LIS 662 Data Analysis & Visualization^

LIS 665 Intro to Digital Libraries

LIS 668 Information Systems Design

LIS 690 (any special topics IT course)


Foundational Requirement (Choose Two)

LIS 630 Online Information Retrieval

LIS 621 Introduction to Information Services

LIS 672: Practicum*

And Four Elective Courses for 36 credit hours (see complete course list)


*although LIS 672 may be repeated, it only counts toward the foundational requirement once.

^formerly LIS 690 special topics courses.


School Librarian Degree Requirements

School library students have a seperate degree plan as part of meeting their certification requirements. If you are enrolled as a School Librarian Program student, please visit that program's page for a list of degree requirements and other required documentation.

Concurrent Degrees & Certificates

M.A. students in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at University of Kentucky may opt to pursue a concurrent M.S.L.S. degree. Nine credit hours are shared between two degrees, with the approval of both Directors of Graduate Studies. More information is available on the MCL Graduate Programs website. Students in the master's program or who are considering a graduate certificate program may wish to look into the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Communication. The certificate is 12 credit hours and focuses on the design of messages in an instructional context. For more information please visit this page.

Office Suite Training

Enrolled students (effective for those matriculating in Spring 2014 and later) are required to complete and submit confirmation for the following eT&D trainings from UK HR for Microsoft Office Suite (available here): MS Word (Beginning & Advanced), Excel (Beginning & Advanced), PowerPoint (Beginning & Advanced) and Access (Beginning). These trainings are available free of charge. Click here for further instructions regarding completing the trainings.(pdf opens in new window--note: these instructions say Office 2013, but newer versions of the trainings may be available; please complete whichever you have access to; there is no need to resubmit for the newer version---the instructions apply to any version)* We recommend students complete these before the end of their first 18 credits hours but by no later than before their final semester in the program.

*Office Suite Trainings: Please note these trainings are provided to admitted students as part of meeting program competencies during their first semesters. They are not required for prospective students as part of the admissions process. For our admissions requirements, see here.