Depending upon the applicant’s previous academic coursework, 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 School of Information Studies as electives in the MBA program. Reciprocally, the School of Information Studies 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 14 to 20 courses. The total number depends on the candidate's undergraduate coursework, academic performance and GMAT test scores, 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.

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 coursework at another accredited graduate program may request to have two courses (maximum of six credits) transferred and applied toward degree requirements.