Library Science (MLS)
The Graduate School publishes the academic department program information for the MLS degree. The Graduate Bulletin (catalog) has degree program information including the program courses. Look for the 465 major code information. Applicants are encouraged to review the information on both of these web pages.
The program reflects Media Coordinator (School Librarian) competencies required by the state as well as Public Librarian Certification competencies of the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission, depending on the concentration pursued by the student. Completion of the School Libraries concentration (465B)[T] entitles the graduate to apply for licensure (076 Media Coordinator) from the State of North Carolina. Completion of the Public Libraries concentration (465C) entitles the student to apply for Public Librarian Certification from the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission.
Information Unique to Distance Education Program Admission and Enrollment:
The off campus Library Science program accepts applicants when new sessions are planned (via a cohort-model) at an off-campus location or online. Cohorts begin, if there is sufficient interest, in one semester, and cohort members take their classes at the same pace (typically two classes per term) until graduation.
Program Delivery Information:
These distance education programs are delivered via face-to-face and online instruction. Face-to-face courses are typically taught at the site in the evenings or selected Saturdays. Online cohorts have both synchronous class meetings (usually in the evening) and asynchronous coursework. Locations, start dates and application deadlines are provided in the Proposed Cohorts table below.
Complete course list and typical schedule (36 total hours) by cohort.
|County||Location||Semester Start||Application Deadline||Information Session (ASU faculty and staff will be present to answer questions about the program and application process)|
|Online||Online||Spring||November 1||None planned at this time|
*You may also express interest in having the program delivered at other locations by completing this electronic form (opens in a new window). Please be aware that expressions of interest are relayed to the academic departments where decisions are made about where programs will be offered.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. For applicants seeking licensure (School Libraries Concentration 465B), North Carolina "A" License or equivalent from another state is preferred. For additional information consult the LES website.
- Completed online application to graduate school
- Application Fee
- Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended
- Resume (uploaded as part of the online application)
- Three references (submitted as part of the online application)
- Test scores are required for this graduate program (see information below)
For this program a test score (no older than 5 years) from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is equally accepted. Minimum requirements (scores) are listed in the Graduate Bulletin.
Click here to access Graduate School application information, requirements, and the online application for admission.
Applications must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by the Graduate School) and ready for review by the applicable deadline (see Proposed Cohorts table above). If it appears to be too late to apply, please contact the program manager to discuss options.
State regulations may require all institutions of higher education (including Appalachian State) that deliver online instruction to students located within their borders to have written authorization to do so. If you reside outside of North Carolina and intend to apply to one of Appalachian’s ONLINE distance education programs, please notify the program manager.
Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs). In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded. Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants. These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs. When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester. If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (see contact info below).
For information or questions related to the application process, please contact:
Ms. Lisa Houser
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084, x 2906
Direct Phone: 828-262-2906
Dr. Nita Matzen
ASU Box 32054
2nd Floor, University Hall
400 University Hall Drive
Boone, NC 28608