Library Science (MLS)

Program Description:

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Visit the academic department program information for program requirements and course information. The Graduate Bulletin (catalog) has degree program information and admission requirements. Applicants are encouraged to review the information on both of these web pages.

Career Options:

This 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.  Completion of this 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.

Information Unique to Distance Education Program Admission and Enrollment:

The online Library Science program accepts applicants each spring and fall.  Additionally, cohorts may begin, if there is sufficient interest, at an off-campus location.  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 online and face-to-face instruction. The online program has 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.  Face-to-face courses are typically taught at the site in the evenings or selected Saturdays.

Proposed Programs*:

CountyLocationSemester StartApplication DeadlineInformation Session (ASU faculty and staff will be present to answer questions about the program and application process)
OnlineOnlineSpringNovember 1No information sessions are planned at this time.

FallJuly 1

*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, North Carolina "A" License or equivalent from another state is preferred. For additional information consult the program website.

Application Requirements:

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  • 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)


Test Information:

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 here.


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:

The Office of Distance Education

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Kim Becnel

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Master's Degree Programs