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Specializations within Master's Degrees

Music Librarianship Specialization and Master of Library Science

This curriculum has been approved effective Fall 2013. Candidates in this Specialization will receive the M.L.S. degree and the Music Librarianship Specialization which will be noted on the transcript. Students in this Specialization will complete the following requirements:

  1. 1. Prerequisite and Requirements
    PREREQUISITE (3 credit hours) - must be fulfilled before completion of 9 credit hours
    FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS (18 hours) one course from each area
    * Note: Students pursuing an ILS dual degree or formal specialization that requires one of these courses may count the course for the technology requirement as well.
  2. 2. Required
    Specialization courses (12 credit hours)
    • MUS M539 Music Bibliography (3 credit hours)
    • Z504 Cataloging
    • Z605 Internship in Library and Information Science Internship in Library and Information Science (6 credit hours)
      P: M539; P: Z504. Two 3-credit hour internships in one or two areas related to music librarianship (e.g., music cataloging, music collection development, music reference, music technology), approved by the coordinator of the Music Librarianship Specialization.
    • Z655 Music Librarianship Seminar in Music Librarianship (3 credit hours)
      P or concurrent: M539 and Z504. Topics include music library administration, circulation and reserves, collection development, facilities and design, music cataloging, recording collections, reference, technology, and music printing and publishing.
  3. 3. Electives
    ILS courses (3 credit hours)
  4. 4. Specialization Contact
    Please contact Keith Cochran, Music Collection Development Librarian,, or call 812.855.2974. Mr. Cochran and his colleagues welcome inquiries and visits from prospective students.

School of Music Notes:
There are limited openings in our highly competitive Music Librarianship Specialization program. Applications to the Music Specialization will be reviewed in March (for entrance in September) and September (for entrance in January). Even if you are not admitted to the specialization, there are opportunities at IU to enhance career possibilities in the humanities and in music-related jobs. ILS students may take Music Bibliography M539 as one of their M.L.S. or MIS electives. It is considered to be a cross-listed course.

Applicants are expected to hold at least a bachelor's degree in music from an accredited four-year collegiate institution. For this program, students must apply for admission to both schools and the Music Librarianship Specialization and meet the admission criteria established for all three. (The admissions committee for the specialization consists of the IU music librarians.)

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