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MS in Library & Information
Science with School Media

MS in Library and Information Science with School Media at the iSchool

For aspiring librarians who are deeply committed to teaching literacy and technology skills, and devoting their time in K-12 schools, our MS in Library and Information Science with a specialization in School Media (LIS: School Media) is the program of choice.

We took our Master’s in LIS and infused New York State Department of Education requirements into the curriculum. When Syracuse University-educated school media librarians graduate, they are ready to take certification exams and prepared to support students, educators, and school administrators alike.

Our LIS: School Media program is characterized by careful attention to personal and professional growth throughout the program. We make sure that you make timely progress on fieldwork and certification requirements to meet the high standards of New York State. Our governing council reviews competencies and course offerings on an annual basis to ensure that the iSchool is a leader in school media education.

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

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

Two Unique Program Formats

Flex Format

The Flex Format offers the opportunity to study on-campus for your first year and online for your second year.

Learn more about School Media in the Flex Format.

Online Format

The online format allows you to work toward your degree fully and completely online.

Get more information about iSchool@Syracuse Online.

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Flex Format

The Flex Format gives LIS with School Media specialization students the best of both worlds: the flexibility to study online without sacrificing the experience of studying on-campus at Syracuse University.

Year one

For the first year of study, Flex Format students apply and are admitted into the MS in Library and Information Science Program. They take their core classes in an on-campus classroom setting. This gives School Media students the opportunity to build relationships with campus-based students, faculty, and staff, as well as take full advantage of on-campus resources, events, and networking opportunities.

Year two and beyond

At the end of the first year, Flex student are transferred into the MS in in Library and Information Science – School Media Specialization online program for the reminder of their program. In this year and beyond, students get to know their online classmates better and benefit from the flexibility of online classes.

The school media specialization requirements are outlined in the application checklist. Flex Format students must meet these additional requirements, which include a GRE exam, minimum undergraduate GPA, and a specific personal statement, prior to starting school media coursework.

The timeline for the Flex Format can be adjusted for part-time students.

If you're looking to learn on-campus, build strong in-person connections, and have the flexibility to study online, the Flex Format is for you.

What you will learn

Our LIS: School Media curriculum contains classes, practical experience, and comprehensive preparation for NYS certification exams so that you can be ready for a position –soon after graduation. You can read the specifics of our curriculum, learning outcomes, and additional NYS requirements below.

Certificate of Advanced Study in School Media

For those who have already earned an ALA accredited LIS degree, our Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Media is also available as a standalone program.

The CAS in School Media infuses iSchool classes with preparation for New York State Department of Education requirement so that those who already have an LIS degree can be fully prepared to take the required state exams.

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.

Graduates of the MS in Library and Information Science with School Media specialization typically work within school districts. Graduates also choose to work in public, academic, or other library settings, such as museums, cultural, or academic organizations.

Syracuse University is located in the heart of New York State and our alumni have a strong network and presence throughout Central and Upstate New York.

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Graduates of the MS in Library and Information Science with School Media specialization typically work within school districts.

View the iSchool's consumer information for MS in Library and Information Science with School Media specialization students

2018 Employers
    • Albion Central School District
    • Baltimore County Public Schools
    • Cortland Enlarged City School District
    • Dryden Elementary Schools
    • New York City School District
    • Phoenix School District
    • Rochester City School District
    • South Seneca Middle / High School
    • SUNY Canton
    • Syracuse City School District
    • Utica City School District
    • Volney Elementary School

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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 MSLIS School Media 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.

View the application checklist


Explore all of the merit awards and scholarships for Library and Information Science with School Media specialization students.

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Learn More About Our LIS: School Media Program

This program is offered in both online and on-campus format. Select from the options below.