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. We are also National Council for Accreditation of Teach Education (NCATE) / Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited.

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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 requirements, 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 at 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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2016 Placement Rate
Based on 67% response rate

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

Top Employers
  • Board of Education
  • Chittenango Central Schools
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • LaFayette Central Schools
  • Pompton Lakes Schools
  • Syracuse City Schools
  • West Genesee Schools
  • Ithaca City Schools
  • The Catherine Cook School

Library and Information Science with School Media 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 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.