Online Learning

Since 1993, the iSchool at Syracuse University has been offering high quality graduate-level online learning opportunities to students around the world. Each year, students representing a broad range of professional, cultural, and academic experiences, ages, and geographic locations join iSchool distance education programs. With limited residencies and asynchronous course delivery, students can learn virtually anytime, anywhere, earning a Syracuse University degree with flexible study schedules and no need to relocate.

The iSchool is dedicated to ensuring equality in campus and online learning programs. Graduates emerge prepared to excel in the information profession of their choice.

Online Degree Programs

All master's and certificates of advanced study programs offered by the School of Information Studies can be completed on campus, in the online/distance learning format, or in a blended format. Each distance program has the same curriculum, faculty, academic calendar, and tuition as their respective campus program. Online courses are of the same academic rigor as on-campus courses, and every effort is made to ensure that the academic experience is of equally excellent quality for both distance and campus students. The only difference is the delivery mode.

Graduates of the School of Information Studies distance programs receive the same degree as their campus counterparts. Degrees are accredited by Middle States and the American Library Association (ALA)* regardless of the format used to complete the coursework.
(*MSLIS, MSLIS School Media only )

For Online Learning Students

The online format allows students with life commitments such as full-time jobs, family responsibilities, or intensive travel schedules to earn a graduate level degree or certificate from Syracuse University with the flexibility of anytime/anywhere learning.

Students in the online learning programs come from across the United States and from several countries. They range in age from their 20s through their 60s. Many are already working in the information field, and some are looking for a career change. The rich backgrounds of the students make each incoming class a dynamic group.

Residency Requirements

The iSchool's limited required residency format offers a unique opportunity for those who live outside the Syracuse area or who have schedules that don't allow them to attend campus-based courses. All online master's students enrolled in a non-executive program begin their first year of study with a week-long residency on the Syracuse University campus in July. Although optional elective courses may have additional residency requirements, MS students may choose to complete all remaining degree requirements online.

During the residency, MS students will:

  • Complete the first four credits of their program
  • Become familiar with the iSchool Learning Management System (LMS), the courseware tool used for most online courses at the School of Information Studies
  • Get to know School of Information Studies faculty and staff
  • Meet other distance and campus-based students
  • Attend an advising session
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