The program will begin in August.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has approved the creation of Texas Tech University's Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree (MSLIS).
"We are excited to be able to offer this graduate program in West Texas," said Bella Karr Gerlich, professor and dean of Texas Tech University Libraries. "This convenient, online program will ensure the next generation of librarians, archivists and digital curators are ready to contribute to the profession upon graduation."
The MSLIS program is set to begin in August. The 36-hour, non-thesis program may be online and/or face-to-face and will include a three-hour practicum consisting of 120 field hours. Students will be able to study knowledge fields including archives, data science, digital services, law librarianship, medical librarianship, academic, school and public librarianship and other special topics.
The University Libraries will soon begin hiring faculty for the MSLIS program, as well as raising funds for scholarships and internships. Additional accreditation will be pursued with the American Library Association, which typically takes two to three years. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the program in July.