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Library & info sciences

Master of Information Sciences (MIS)

A recent survey of our MIS graduates revealed a variety of job titles, including Systems Analyst, Software Support Analyst, Technical Support Analyst, Policy Analyst, Database Administrator, Data Manager, Information Network Technician, Development Tester, Software Engineer, Programmer/Analyst, Workforce Planner/Engineer, Research Assistant, Director of Instructional Services, Taxonomist/Information Architect, and Integrated Library System Administrator. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2014." The handbook also notes that "According to Robert Half International, a professional staffing and consulting services firm, average starting salaries in 2005 for high-level information technology managers ranged from $80,250 to $112,250."

In 36 semester hours, students learn advanced concepts in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law management, marketing, and communication. The School of Library and Information Sciences is fully accredited by the American Library Association.

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Additional Requirements:

Required Standardized Test: GRE (GMAT accepted for students in the joint MBA/MIS program.)

Minimum Admissions Requirements: Students seeking to do graduate work at the School of Library and Information Sciences must be formally admitted to the School by the Dean. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree) from an accredited institution. The requirements for admission to the graduate programs in Library and Information Sciences are:

  1. An undergraduate degree with at least 90 semester hours of liberal arts courses
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 for all undergraduate academic work
  3. A copy of the Graduate Record Examination scores, Graduate Management Admission Test scores (joint MBA/MIS applicants only), or the Law School Admission Test scores (joint JD/MLS applicants only)

All applicants must have taken the Graduate Record Examination, the Graduate Management Admission Test (joint MBA/MIS applicants only), or the Law School Admission Test (joint JD/MLS applicants only) within the past five years. Official reports of scores must be sent to us by Educational Testing Service.

Contact Information:

Deborah Swain, Assistant Professor
Phone: (919) 530-7502
Fax: (919) 530-6402
Office Location: 318 James E. Shepard Memorial Library
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The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate study programs in liberal arts and the professions at North Carolina Central University. In ensuing years with the creation of several programs, the Graduate School has grown to offering degrees in the following.

  • College of Behavioral and Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Library and Information Sciences

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
1801 Fayetteville Street
Post Office Box 19716
Durham, North Carolina 27707