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Graduate Programs

Through a challenging curriculum that integrates theory and practice, the library science program prepares skilled professional information specialists who are cognizant of their importance in a diverse, rapidly changing global society.  There are several options that can lead to the Master of Library Science degree.

Library Science

Grad students join Prof. Nancy Latanision and Dr. Eloise Long at the PA School Librarians Association conference.


The MLS without certification is a 36-hour program which includes the core courses that provide a foundation in information sources and services, organization of information, collection development, and management of libraries.
MLS without Certification

The MLS with initial K-12 Library Science certification includes the required professional education courses in addition to the library science courses.
MLS with Initial Certification

The MLS with extension of certification is designed for students who already hold a teaching certificate and want to extend it to include K-12 library science certification.
MLS with Extension of Certification

Our certification program has been reviewed and approved by the American Association of School Librarians' program reviewers; program recognition is tied to NCATE accreditation.

Degree Candidacy
Degree candidacy is a review process for advising, developing a program of study, and/or identifying areas of study that may need to be strengthened.  Graduate students must apply for degree candidacy once they have successfully completed 12 semester hours of graduate coursework, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and resolved all incomplete grades.  A student will not be cleared for graduation unless an application for candidacy has been approved.  A successfully completed qualifying examination is also required for MSW students.  Note that MBA students are not required to apply for candidacy.

Beginning Spring 2014, application for candidacy is an online process that can be found in the Student Service Center through MyKU.  Instructions on how to apply for candidacy can be found here. Students please do not confuse applying for candidacy (done at the 12 credit point) and applying for graduation. These are two different activities.

Please keep in mind that it is the sole responsibility of students to initiate application for candidacy.  Neither Graduate Studies nor advisors will contact students concerning an application for candidacy.  In addition, admission to candidacy is not considered an application for graduation.

Contact either the Registrar's Office or Graduate Studies if you have questions about this process.

Michelle Hughes
University Registrar
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Phone:  610-683-4822
Fax:  610-683-1586


Last Updated 06-12-2014 WJ