Dual M.A. & M.LS. Degree

Dual M.A./M.L.S. in AAADS and Library Science

The dual M.A./M.L.S. degree requires completion of a minimum of 58 credit hours of graduate course work. (The degrees if completed separately would require 68 credit hours.) Students must apply for admission to the master's programs of both African American and African Diaspora Studies and the School of Library and Information Science, meeting the admissions criteria established for each. The two degrees must be awarded at the same time.

Requirements for the M.A. in AAADS –28 credit hours minimum

General requirements (12 cr.) including:

  • A500 Introduction to African American and African Diaspora Studies (3 cr.)
  • A690 Core Readings in African American and African Diaspora Studies (4 cr.)

Proposed graduate internship specialization (12 cr. minimum):

  • Students would take a minimum of 9 graduate hours in one of the two tracks in AAADS An additional 3 graduate hours should be taken in an elective
  • M.A. Thesis A698 Field Study Seminar (4 cr.)

Requirements for the Master of Library Science – 30 credit hours:

  • Completion of the M.L.S. Foundation courses (15 cr.)
  • Either SLIS L623 Information in the Humanities or SLIS L625 Information in the Social Sciences (3 cr.)
  • SLIS elective courses (12 cr.)

About the Dual Master’s Program

Students who are concurrently enrolled in two departments may qualify for two master’s degrees under a provision that allows credit earned to satisfy the major requirements of one department to count as elective credit in a second department. Dual master’s degrees require a minimum of 50 credits, with at least 21 credits earned in each of the programs.

To be eligible for this program, a student must be formally admitted by both departments and by the University Graduate School. All requirements of both degrees must be met, including passing any departmental examinations and satisfying foreign-language/research-skill requirements. If both departments require a thesis, the student may write a single thesis that meets the requirements of both fields. The thesis committee will comprise an equal number of representatives of both departments, and the thesis credit will be split between the two. All course work for the program must be completed within a period of six years.