MS in Library and Information Science

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) 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 academic institutions, public libraries, corporations, government agencies or cultural institutions.

Students who enroll in the MS 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.

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

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

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.


Program Goals and Outcomes


The 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

Courses & Curriculum

The program’s core curriculum includes three key areas:

  • Introduction to the 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
  • a 3-credit exit requirement (either an internship or independent research)

View Curriculum in Course Catalog

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, two letters of recommendation, exam scores, a resume or CV, and the $75 nonrefundable application fee.

View the Application Checklist

Certificates of Advanced Study

With a little planning, it’s possible for you to receive both an MS 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.

Explore all CAS programs

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 required 7-day residency on the Syracuse University campus in July.

Learn more about the Residency for Online Students

Awards and Scholarships

Awards are available to applicants to our (LIS) or our MS in Library and Information Science: School Media (LISSM). 

View all merit awards and scholarships

Fast Track Accelerated Degree for Library and Information Science 

The Fast Track program is an accelerated degree program for the MS in Library and Information Science. Fast Track is available to all Syracuse University and LeMoyne College undergraduate students.

If you qualify for the Fast Track program, you can earn your master's degree in just one year by beginning graduate coursework during the senior year of your undergraduate program. The LIS program typically takes two years to complete.

You need to indicate interest and apply to the Fast Track program before May 1 of your junior year.

Learn more about Fast Track at the iSchool

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines can be found on our Admissions page.

MS programs at the iSchool only accept students for a Fall start (campus students) or a Summer start (online students).

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

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.