MLIS program at Kuwait University

Sajjad Rehman (DLIS, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait)
Laila Marouf (DLIS, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Publication date: 8 February 2008



This study aims to analyze the perceptions of the graduates of Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at Kuwait University about coursework, faculty, instructional methods, instructional facilities, fieldwork, comprehensive examination, and research component.


A survey instrument was used for electronic administration. Eighty graduates of the MLIS program of Kuwait University were identified as population of the study. Sixty‐seven alumni (86.3 per cent) participated in the survey.


Based on the analysis of 61 usable responses, it was found that the faculty and core courses received highest mean scores for satisfaction whereas elective coursework, fieldwork, and comprehensive examinations received the lowest. Qualitative analysis of the participants revealed that the alumni wished broadening the breadth of the elective coursework and fundamental changes in fieldwork and comprehensive examination. Many of them were quite critical of instructional methods and facilities.

Research limitations/implications

Results cannot be generalized to other graduate programs. Yet, these provide procedural guidance and insights about the way these studies of perception can be conducted.

Practical implications

This input can be meaningfully applied in further development of the MLIS program.


It is original research that carries value for the assessment of graduate programs of library and information studies.



Rehman, S. and Marouf, L. (2008), "MLIS program at Kuwait University", Library Review, Vol. 57 No. 1, pp. 13-24.

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