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The Specialist degree is a post-master's degree designed for students who are interested in gaining knowledge in new areas within the field of information studies. The focus of the program is to improve and develop new skills and additional competencies in the field. The program is planned cooperatively with faculty advisers who will help tailor the program to meet the student's professional needs. The Specialist degree requires successful completion of thirty semester hours beyond the MS/MA degree and an optional culminating paper or project at the completion of the program.
Accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Library Association
Courses generally have a synchronous online class meeting time scheduled one night on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from either 6pm - 8pm ET or 8pm - 10pm ET. Weekly synchronous class meetings are required and students can participate from anywhere in which they have a reliable internet, headset, and microphone connection. For more information about online education with the School of Information, please visit http://slis.fsu.edu/academics/online/.
Course work for the specialist degree must be completed within 7 years from the time the student first registers for graduate credit. It is recommended that students take 2 courses for a total of 6 credit hours each semester. This allows most students to finish the program in approximately five semesters.
The Specialist Degree is a post-master's degree within the School of Library & Information Studies. Students who pursue it are interested in becoming aware of new areas within the field of information studies. They are also interested in improving or developing skills and additional competencies in the field. As a result of this focus, you will acquire the knowledge and competencies to perform at high levels within your specialization.
These courses may not be offered every semester.
Requirements include a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, a Master's degree from an accredited college/university, and official test results from a nationally standardized graduate admission test (such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination or GRE), indicating at least 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative portions of the test.
For more information on how to apply to the Specialist Degree in the School of Library and Information Studies, please visit http://slis.fsu.edu/admissions/graduate/mslis/.
For more information on the degree requirements for the Specialist Degree in the School of Library and Information Studies, please visit http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/graduate/mslis/.
The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.