Would you like to serve your community as an expert in how information is developed to a global, technological society? Do you want to make a difference while you make a living?

Through ECU's Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, you can earn a master in library science (MLS) degree completely online. Since 1939, the library science program at ECU has prepared librarians and school media coordinators to meet the information and educational needs of their communities, especially rural and underserved populations in eastern North Carolina. Today, our high-tech/high touch program emphasizes librarianship in combination with current technologies to provide a Web-based course of study. Our program is especially attuned to the needs of non-traditional students seeking to become school library media coordinators or public librarians.

As a student in the master in library science program, you can specialize your professional preparation work in public or school library environments. If you are a service-oriented, intellectually and technically curious person, you will find a great benefit as a student in the MLS program. With an MLS degree, you can be a librarian, a library administrator, an information specialist, a subject/special interest researcher, a museum services provider, or an electronic information specialist.

The school library media coordinator pathway leads to the North Carolina licensure and is recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The public library pathway leads to the North Carolina Public Library Certification.

ECU Advantage

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at ECU has been granted candidacy status by the American Library Association. Candidacy status is an indication that the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at East Carolina University has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.

What You Will Study

There is no catalog data for this program.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Library Science/Librarianship
  • Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Education and Training
  • Communications, Entertainment and Information
  • Library Science/Librarianship

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.