Overview and Accomodations
A candidate for the M.S.L.I.S. degree must pass a comprehensive examination that tests a common knowledge base in the field of Library and Information Science. The purpose of the examination is to verify that the candidate is able to perform at a professional level at the time of his/her first appointment.
Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy, history, current issues, social roles, and major problems of the profession in general, including such areas as applications of technology, organization of resources, provision of service, and management of libraries and other information agencies. They will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of the theories and principles on which current practices in the information professions are based. In addition, they will be expected to demonstrate their awareness of the research literature in library and information science and related fields. They are expected to demonstrate their ability to evaluate research findings by supporting their answers with references to the professional literature and to class content.
In addition to the University's policy on comprehensive examinations, the School of Library and Information Science faculty requires that eligible students have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in classes taken in the School of Library & Information Science, with no outstanding incomplete grades. Students will not be allowed to register for more than 12 credits the semester they are taking the comprehensive examination (See course load policy).
Catholic University and the School of Library and Information Science strives to meet the needs of students who require accommodations in order to take the comprehensive exam. Requests for accommodations are made using the Request for Accommodations for the Comprehensive Examination form. If accommodations are related to a physical disability or a learning disability, you must submit your request and supporting documentation to the university's Office of Disability Support Services ( Pryzbyla Center, Suite 207; 202-319-5211). Requests for other accommodations may be directed to the office of the Dean of the School of Library and Information Science. Indicate the accommodations you are requesting and provide additional information as appropriate.
Comprehensive examination briefing materials are distributed on the LIBSCI-L list each semester.
Questions from previous semesters are available to study and aid in your preparation for the comprehensive exam. Note that these questions are from the previous Comprehensive Exam format.
- New Format Beginning in Fall 2012
- How Do I Register?
- What Should I Expect?
- How are Comps Graded?
- Administrative Procedures
- Video from Spring 2013 Comps Workshop
- Comps Information Packet
- Comprehensive Examination Ticket
- Diploma Application
- Request for Accommodations for the Comprehensive Examination form
Study Aids (from previous format):