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    Online Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Studies

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: American Library Association (ALA) Institutional Membership(s): SOC THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET/ELECTRONIC CAMPUS

    Students whose legal residence in the following states: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisiana, upon admission may enroll at in-state tuition rates. Students must be certified by your home state ACM Coordinator. For information on the certification process please contact your state ACM Coordinator.
    PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Science - Master's Enrollment: 200 seats total Application Deadline: 6/1/2007 How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Threaded Discussion Board Subject: Library Science METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION
    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses Blackboard

    The ultimate goal of our master's program is to provide you with the foundation to begin your career as an information professional. You will build the broad understanding of Information Studies necessary to become a general practitioner, and you will have sufficient depth in a selected area to begin developing some specialization in the field. Graduates who earn a masters in Information Studies are qualified to practice in a variety of contexts, including libraries.
    To participate in FSU's online programs, you need access to certain technologies. To minimize technical problems you may experience, FSU provides online technical support.
    To be successful in your online class, you must have:
    Regular access to a computer
    An Internet connection (ISP or Internet Service Provider)
    An Internet browser
    An FSU/ACNS computer account, which includes your login/username, password, and email account
    For detailed recommended system requirements, please visit the Guide to Technology Requirements for Online Courses on the Online Learning @ FSU web site.
    If you plan to use computer equipment that you do not own for participation in the program, be certain that you have permission to use the equipment for course work purposes. You must also be sure that you have permission to save data to the local hard drive.
    Online students at FSU can find support for every aspect of the University experience. Your computer and an Internet connection link you to the most comprehensive electronic campus in higher education. The FSU library may be reached at el: 850-644-2706. Currently enrolled students who are located 50 miles or more from Tallahassee can request materials to be sent to them. Some of your online courses may require you to purchase a Course Packet, which could include a study guide, textbooks, and/or media (video, audiotapes, CD-ROMs). Information about what, if any, course materials are required for your courses can be found through: Campus bookstores (FSU Bookstore and Bill抯 Bookstore), Departmental web sites, Course instructors, Academic Coordinators. Course materials can be ordered online and will be shipped directly to you. (You pay the cost of the course materials, plus shipping. The FSU bookstore can be reached at 1-800-255-3781. A mentor or teaching assistant is available online (and often by phone) to help clarify course materials and refer you to resources for all other aspects of the university experience. Visit the website for additional student resources information.
    Distance students enrolled in at least 6 semester hours have access to many of the same types of financial aid as residential students. If you need financial aid to help defray the costs of your education, begin to investigate the aid you may be eligible for as soon as possible. Office of Financial Aid, Suite 4400A University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2430, (850) 644-0539, Fax (850) 644-6404, Email ofacs@admin.fsu.edu FAFSA FSU Federal School, Code: 001489, For more information on Financial Aid opportunities, visit the web site.


    Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an approved college/university
    Presentation of evidence of a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0=A) on the last two years of the baccalaureate degree (or of a 3.0 on a Master's degree from an accredited university),
     A combined minimum score of 1000 on the verbal/quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    All students must submit a GRE score regardless of GPA.
    Presentation of a minimum TOEFL score of 550 by International students.
    Students are responsible for selecting an advisor by the time they register for their second semester. Once an advisor has been chosen and agreed to advise the student, the student shall complete the Advisor form.

    The form upon which a student must indicate their interest and advisor can be picked found at http://www.fsu.edu/~lis/. Once the form has been completed, it should be returned to the Student Records Manager (Marion Davis), in the office. Students should be aware that they can amend their choices at any time by simply completing another form and submitting it to the Student Records Manager.

    1. There are a very limited number of "exceptions" to admission requirements available for special cases.
    2. Language Requirement: There is no foreign language requirement for the Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Studies.
    3. Applicants may be required to furnish additional personal information upon request.
    4. The Florida State University is committed to increasing the proportion of applicants who have historically been under-represented among Florida's libraries. Applicants representing such groups will be considered for exception to the general admissions criteria.


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