End of Program Assessments and Independent Courses

End of Program Assessments and Independent Courses

End of Program Assessment Options

All graduate students at the University of Oklahoma are required to complete an end of program assessment (EPA) to receive their degree. Each discipline decides what EPA(s) is/are appropriate for their field. SLIS offers MLIS students three choices of EPA:

  1. Comprehensive exam offered every fall and spring semester
  2. Portfolio, defense scheduled with student's committee
  3. Thesis, defense scheduled with student's committee

The most commonly chosen option is the comprehensive exam, but portfolio is also very popular. Few students choose thesis. As an example, following is a chart of which EPAs students chose during the 2016-17 academic year.

Following is specific information to help you choose which EPA is best for you:


End of Program Assessment Materials

Mid-semester, the semester before you plan to take your end-of-program assessment, you must fill out and submit this Graduate College form. If you miss the deadline, you will have to petition be be allowed to do your end-of-program assessment that semester.

The OU Graduate College requires master's students to complete an end-of-program assessment (EPA). The approved EPAs in SLIS are comprehensive exams, portfolios, and theses. You must declare your EPA intent by the end of your first semester in the program, and your choice requires your advisor's approval. If you choose the thesis option, 2 of your required 12 master's courses will be thesis hours so you will complete 30 hours of regular courses and 6 hours of thesis.

SLIS Student Guide to 3 End-of-Program Assessment Options: A Comparison

SLIS Student Guide to the Comprehensive Examination for the Master's Degree (Handbook)

SLIS Thesis Guidelines

SLIS Student Guide to the Portfolio for the Master of Library and Information Studies


Independent Study Materials

You and your advisor may decide that an independent study course would be a useful choice for your degree. Following are the forms for independent studies

CourseForm NameDownload
LIS 5823 InternshipPolicies, Procedures & Timeline PDF
 Memorandum of Understanding Form
 Student Acknowledgement and ReleaseForm
 Student/Faculty ContractsForm
 Student EvaluationForm
 Placement Supervisor EvaluationPDF
 Faculty Supervisor EvaluationPDF
LIS 5920 Directed ResearchDirected Research ContractForm
LIS 5940 Directed ProjectDirected Project ContractForm
LIS 5960 Directed ReadingDirected Reading ContractForm