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MS in Library and
Information Science

Master's in Library and Information Science at the iSchool

With a master's in Library and Information Science (LIS) from the Syracuse University iSchool, you’ll learn the broad reach of librarianship, and what it means to be a librarian today. Students from the sciences and humanities are drawn to the iSchool’s LIS program to achieve one goal: to change how communities and organizations use library and information resources for the better.

We also offer our library science degree online. Learn more about iSchool@Syracuse Online

Our guiding council carefully reviews competencies and course offerings to ensure that the iSchool is a leader in library and information science education, and you can find more information on the guiding council in its bylaws.

Our LIS program has been accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1928 and received continued accreditation in 2016 after its last review.

View the iSchool's consumer information for M.S. in Library and Information Science students.

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What you will learn

Whether you’re hoping to work in a library setting or you hope to apply your newfound skills as a librarian in an innovative way, our LIS curriculum provides two things: a foundational core that provides the skills all librarians should have, and elective credits so you can find your niche as a librarian.

Become a School Librarian

Library Science with School Media Certification

For librarians who are deeply committed to teaching literacy and technology skills to children in K-12 schools, the iSchool offers the opportunity to study school media to pursue a career as a school librarian.

The iSchool offers the LIS degree with School Media specialization in two formats: a flex format offering one year on-campus and one year online, and a completely online format so that you can become a school librarian from anywhere.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science

Certificates of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) give you the opportunity to specialize further in your graduate studies. By incorporating data science classes into your LIS studies, you can graduate with a certificate that solidifies your expertise as a data-driven librarian.

With the C.A.S. in Data Science, learn the data lifecycle from beginning to end. You will learn to create, manipulate, analyze, and archive data – and discover how data science is integral to libraries everywhere.

Library Science Certificate of Advanced Study

Career Outlook

When it comes to careers and alumni, the Syracuse University iSchool has an incredible professional network. We have a dedicated Career Center that specifically serves the needs of iSchool students.

LISSA, the Library and Information Science Student Association, serves as the ALA (American Library Association), SLA (Special Libraries Association), and NYLA (New York Library Association) student chapters, and helps iSchool LIS students connect with alumni and professional development opportunities.

While some library science graduates become librarians, others find non-traditional librarian jobs. Some become data scientists, while others become archivists. Some go on to pursue doctorates, and others become project managers. You'll find that the skills of a librarian are in high demand in unexpected places, like museums, non-profits, and even wineries.

career outlook
2018 Placement Rate
Based on 94% response rate
2018 Employers
Brooklyn Public Library, Canton Free Library, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cornell University, Ohio History Connection, Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
2018 Job Titles
Associate Law Librarian, Children’s Librarian Circulation Assistant, Digital Services Librarian, Head of Youth Services, Outreach Librarian, Research Support Specialist, Systems Librarian

Master's in Library and Information Science Online

Online iSchool students have access to the same faculty and degree as our campus students - it’s just in a different delivery mode.

The online format of the program combines live weekly classes, multimedia coursework, and collaborative group learning exercises. The innovative learning technology platform helps students cultivate lifelong professional relationships and personally interact with a worldwide community of students and alumni—all while having the flexibility to continue working full time.

Courses are led by professors who bring a wealth of experience from the field directly to the classroom, helping students learn skills that are immediately applicable to their day-to-day work environments.

Library Science Certificate of Advanced Study

How to Apply

We offer admissions for fall and spring semesters.

Visit the Admissions page for information on application deadlines, tuition, and more.

The application process for the online master's in Library and Information Science program is different from our on-campus program. For more information, please visit the Admissions Overview page for online programs. .

The Checklist

Do you have everything you need to apply? Use our checklist to know that you’re ready to begin your application.

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Explore all of the merit awards and scholarship for Library and Information Science students.

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Learn more about our Library and Information Science Program

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