Online Education

iSchool Ranked #5 US News and World Report

Since 1993, the iSchool at Syracuse University has been offering high-quality, graduate-level distance learning opportunities to students around the world. With limited residencies (for non-executive track masters students) and asynchronous course delivery, you can learn virtually anytime, anywhere, earning a Syracuse University degree with flexible study schedules and no need to relocate. This flexibility attracts some of the best professionals in their related fields and the online classroom becomes an environment that enhances engagement and expands professional networks. You’ll emerge prepared to excel in the information profession of your choice.

Online Degree Programs

All master’s and graduate certificate of advanced study (CAS) programs offered by the iSchool, with the exception of the CAS in Cultural Heritage Preservation, the CAS in e-Government Management and Leadership and the CAS in School Media can be completed in the online/distance learning format. We deliver programs in both online and campus formats, but they are indeed the same degree program. Each online program has the same curriculum, faculty, student and career services and tuition as its respective campus program. The only difference is the delivery mode.

Residency Requirements

The iSchool’s limited required residency format for non-executive track master’s students 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 students enrolled in a non-executive master’s program begin their first year of study with a week- long residency on the SU campus in July. Although optional elective courses may have additional residency requirements, master’s students may choose to complete all remaining degree requirements online.

Accreditation

Syracuse University is fully accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and all programs are registered with the New York State Education Department. The MSCHE is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that has been dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation, since 1919.

The iSchool at Syracuse’s Library and Information Science masters programs are fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

Rankings and Professional Affiliations

Our MS in Information Management program is ranked #5 in Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Our MS in Library and Information Science programs are ranked #1 in Information Systems, #3 in Digital Librarianship, #3 in School Library Media, and #4 in Library and Information Studies, for Library and Information Studies discipline by U.S. News and World Report.

The iSchool at Syracuse University is the original information school in the nation and a founding member of iCaucus, an international educational organization consisting of deans from a growing number of leading information schools across the globe who have joined together to build awareness of, support for, and involvement with the information field. These iSchools lead in the research and teaching of the relationships among information, people, and technology.

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As a founding member of the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium, the iSchool offers graduate students access to highly specialized courses from global leaders in Library and Information Science (LIS) education. This collaboration expands the collection of elective courses available at Syracuse, allowing students to explore their interests beyond the limits of the traditional curriculum. Learn more about the iSchool's involvement in the WISE Consortium here.

Syracuse University is a member of The Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium), the leading professional online society devoted to advancing quality online learning and providing access to high quality online education for individuals, institutions, professional societies and the corporate community. The iSchool regularly participates in Online Learning Consortium conferences, trainings and professional events.

History

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The iSchool, established in 1896 and renamed as the first Information School in 1974, has a long tradition of leading innovation and change. Our ideals and values are the foundation for our success. Our 20 year history in distance and online education – beginning with our first distance program offering in 1993 – combined with our leadership in the field of information and technology, allows us to provide our online students with flexible, rigorous, cutting-edge online graduate degree programs.

Online Approach

  • iSchool online students earn the same degree as campus students.  Their only differentiation is the mode of learning.
  • iSchool online classes are taught by the same faculty as campus classes. 
  • iSchool faculty are formally trained in online pedagogy.
  • iSchool courses are taught by faculty - we utilize technology in all of our teachings, but technology does not “teach” the courses or provide sole access to course material. iSchool online students interact directly with iSchool faculty.
  • iSchool online students have the same access to iSchool Student Services and iSchool Career Services as our campus students. In addition, being a part of the iSchool's online program means online students are a part of the extensive iSchool network of alumni and friends which is invaluable to students and alumni throughout their professional development.
  • The iSchool values our diverse and extensive online student community and, as a result, formally organized an Online Education Team to most effectively support our online students and programs. This iSchool team includes Jeffrey Stanton, Senior Associate Dean; Vicky Williams, Director of Online Education; Peggy Brown, Director of Learning Systems and iSchool faculty members and administrators.

iSchool Network

More than 7,000 alumni from around the world remain engaged with the iSchool through innovative programs and networking events that connect graduates with current students. iSchool alumni play an active role in advising and mentoring current students regarding career development. In addition to our alumni network, the iSchool maintains strategic relationships and collaborations with IT companies and library service vendors. Prospective students can learn more about the iSchool’s network by visiting our alumni profiles and career services webpages. 

 

To learn more about Syracuse iSchool online graduate programs, contact: igrad@syr.edu.

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