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 Graduate College

School Library Studies (MA)

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
618 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606

Head: Jill Uhlenberg, Head
Phone: (319) 273-7671

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Karla Krueger
Phone: (319) 273-7241

Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required for the thesis option, and a minimum of 33 semester hours is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 12 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Students choosing the thesis option are required to write a thesis and pass an oral defense conducted by the thesis committee. Students choosing the non-thesis option are required to complete the departmental graduate research requirement. In lieu of a comprehensive examination, all students must complete a comprehensive portfolio, during their final semester of course work, that meets the requirements of the division faculty.

The program is open to students who hold or have completed coursework for teaching licensure. Students completing this major are eligible for the K-12 School Teacher Librarian endorsement if they hold or are eligible to hold a teaching license.


School Library Studies:


SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g)

Introduction to the School Library Program

SLS 4115/5115 (350:115g)

Organization of Information

SLS 4132/5132 (350:132g)

Library Resources for Children

SLS 4134/5134 (350:134g)

Library Resources for Young Adults

SLS 6223 (350:223)

School Library Curriculum Development

SLS 6225 (350:225)

Administration of the School Library Program

SLS 6230 (350:230)

Library Automation Systems and Networks

SLS 6250 (350:250)

Reference Services and Information Retrieval

SLS 6290 (350:290)


SLS 6295 (350:295)

Research in Library and Information Science


3 or 6

SLS 6299 (350:299)


Thesis Option (6 hours)

Non-thesis Option (3 hours)

Thesis Option


Non-thesis Option


Students who have previous course work which is equivalent to required courses are encouraged to take elective courses in instructional technology, gifted education, postsecondary education, or other education-related programs.