MS in Library and Information Science

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The Master of Science in Library and Information Science (LIS) at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) is a comprehensive, American Library Association-accredited, 36-credit degree program that prepares you for a career in a broad range of organizations, including: an academic institution, public library, corporation, government agency or cultural institution.

Students who enroll in the M.S. in Library and Information Science come from diverse backgrounds, yet all are drawn to one goal - to have a positive impact on how communities access and use information.

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Available On-campus | Online | Full-time | Part-time

Those interested in pursuing their LIS degree and become certified to work in K-12 schools should consider our Library and Information Science: School Media program.

If you already possess an accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science (or equivalent degree) and wish to be certified as a school librarian, you should consider our Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) in School Media.

Courses & Curriculum

The program’s core curriculum includes three key areas:

  • Introduces library and information science professions and environments
  • Resources and organization
  • Management and policy

Students are able to select 14 credits of electives from a variety of graduate classes that integrate with library science including information architecture, information behavior, database administration, innovation, metadata, budgeting and project management.

Overview (36 total credits)

  • 19 credits of core knowledge and skills courses
  • 14 credits of elective courses
  • 3 credit exit requirement (either an internship or independent research)

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Certificates of Advanced Study

With a little planning, it’s possible for you to receive both an M.S. and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from the iSchool with no additional coursework necessary. You can take a CAS concurrently with your master’s program.

Popular CAS choices for Library and Information Science students include:

If you already have a master’s degree in Library and Information Science (or an equivalent degree), you may apply for the standalone CAS in School Media.

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Online and On Campus

The Library and Information Science program is offered online, on-campus, full-time, and part-time--or any mixture thereof.

All online Library and Information Science students, along with all other newly admitted online master’s students, begin their first year of study with a 7-day required summer residency on the Syracuse University campus in July.

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Application Requirements

Admissions requirements can be found on our application checklist.

The major components of the application are: the online application, academic transcripts, personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, exam scores, resume or CV, and the $75 non-refundable application fee.

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Application Deadlines

Application deadlines can be found on our Admissions page.

M.S. programs at the iSchool only accept students for Fall start (campus students) and Summer start (online students).

Those who apply before February 1, 2015, receive priority consideration for our merit-based scholarships and awards.

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You can apply to the Library and Information Science program through our online application.

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For more admissions and curriculum information, please use our online information request form.

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ALAThe Master of Science in Library and Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies has been fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1928.

Why is ALA Accreditation Important?

In North America, most library employers require an ALA-accredited master's degree for professional level positions. In addition, many states require an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries.

Outside of North America, ALA accreditation is valued because of the review process that every program goes through to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the profession.

More information on ALA accreditation.

Guiding Council

Members of the Guiding Council represent the iSchool faculty and staff, LIS program students and alumni, and library and information science professionals.

The LIS Program Guiding Council serves four main purposes:

  • Review the Library and Information Science program
  • Study and evaluate information collected on the program’s impact
  • Make recommendations for future courses of action
  • Serve in an advisory and advocacy capacity

Details on the Guiding Council composition can be found in its bylaws.

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