MBA/MLIS Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the combined program, the applicant must apply and be accepted to each program separately.

Brennan School of Business admission requirements

Graduate School of Library and Information Science admission requirements

Degree Requirements

Depending upon the applicant’s previous academic course work, the following will be required to earn the degree:

  • Between 57 and 75 semester hours 
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours must be taken in library and information science
  • A minimum of 27 semester hours must be taken in the MBA program, depending on course waivers

The MBA program will accept six semester hours taken from courses in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science as electives in the MBA program. Reciprocally, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science will accept six semester hours taken from courses within the MBA program. Requirements for the combined degree must be completed within six years.

A candidate for the MBA degree will normally need to complete 12 to 18 courses. The total number depends on the candidate’s undergraduate coursework, academic performance and GMAT test score, which may result in the waiver of up to six foundation courses. Foundation courses required for degree programs may be waived if students have successfully completed equivalent course work at another accredited institution as part of their previous studies. In order to be eligible for waivers, students must have achieved a grade of B or better in an equivalent three-credit course. Waivers for GSB 611 Economics for Managers and GSB 612 Financial Accounting each require completion of two courses (six credits) of appropriate undergraduate course work with a grade of B or better in each course.

Original transcripts are required for consideration of waivers. Transcripts will be reviewed for waivers at the time of admission, but final approval of waivers may be withheld for students accepted provisionally until full acceptance is granted. In addition to course waivers, students who have successfully completed relevant course work at another accredited graduate program may request to have two courses (maximum of six credits) transferred and applied toward degree requirements.