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Graduation and Retention Data

Data for those matriculating (entering the MSLIS degree) from 2012 to 2019. Data for seven years since matriculation is provided. While the number of credits a matriculated student may take will vary throughout the student’s program, the data below are based on the number of credits a student takes during the person’s first semester (0-8 credits for part-time; 9 or more for full-time). For full-time students, the MSLIS curriculum is optimized for completion in two years; Syracuse University requires that students in a master’s program graduate within seven years after beginning the program.

These data were last updated February 2022.

Data based on matriculation from 2012-2013 to 2018-2019; 14-31 students starting full-time in each of these years.

  • For those starting in 2012-2013 to 2019, 80.7% completed their degree in two years (the expected length of the degree), and 92.1% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2012-2013 to 2019, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 90%. Of the remaining 10%, 6.7% graduated from another program (changed programs) and 3.3% did not graduate.
Years to completion 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 7 years
Number who could have finished in this number of years 171 148 124 110 84 61
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 140 (81.8%) 136 (91.9%) 113 (91.1%) 100 (90.9%) 76 (90.5%) 55 (90.2%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 31 (18.2%) 12 (8.1%) 11 (8.9%) 10 (9.1%) 8 (9.5%) 6 (9.8%)
Number of years of data 7 6 5 4 3 2
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2012 to 2019 2012 to 2018 2012 to 2017 2012 to 2016 2012 to 2015 2012 to 2014
Data based on matriculation from 2012 to 2019; 4 to 7 students started part-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2012 to 2019, 57.1% completed their degree in two years, and 71.4% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2012 to 2019, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 100%
Years to completion 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 7 years
Number who could have finished in this number of years 38 33 27 20 16 11
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 16 (42.1%) 22 (66.7%) 21 (77.8%) 16 (80%) 12 (75%) 9 (81.8%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 22 (57.9%) 11 (33.3%) 6 (22.2%) 4 (20%) 4 (25%) 2 (18.2%)
Number of years of data 7 6 5 4 3 2
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2012 to 2019 2012 to 2018 2012 to 2017 2012 to 2016 2012 to 2015 2012 to 2014
Data based on matriculation from 2012 to 2019; 1 to 34 students started full-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2012 to 2019, 61.6% completed their degree in two years, and 77% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2012 to 2019, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 100%
Years to completion 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 7 years
Number who could have finished in this number of years 53 50 16 10 8 5
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 30 (44.4%) 36 (72%) 12 (75%) 7 (70%) 7 (87.5%) 4 (80%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 23 (55.6%) 14 (28%) 4 (25%) 3 (30%) 1 (12.5%) 1 (20%)
Number of years of data 7 6 5 4 3 2
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2012 to 2019 2012 to 2018 2012 to 2017 2012 to 2016 2012 to 2015 2012 to 2014
Data based on matriculation from 2012 to 2019; 18 to 104 students started part-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2012 to 2019, 46.4% completed their degree in two years, and 69.4% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2012 to 2019, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 92.6%
Years to completion 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 7 years
Number who could have finished in this number of years 311 231 127 99 70 45
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 149 (47.9%) 154 (66.7%) 101 (79.5%) 83 (83.8%) 60 (85.7%) 37 (82.2%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 162 (52.1%) 77 (33.3%) 26 (20.4%) 16 (16.2%) 10 (14.3%) 8 (17.8%)
Number of years of data 7 6 5 4 3 2
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2012 to 2019 2012 to 2018 2012 to 2017 2012 to 2016 2012 to 2015 2012 to 2014

Graduate Employment Report: M.S .in Library & Information Science

*Class of 2020 and 2021 graduated during the COVID-19 pandemic

Campus Graduates

Based on 68% response rate

2021 Graduate Placement Rate: 76%

5-year Rolling Average Placement Rate: 83.7%

2021 Job titles

  • Consulting Archivist
  • Librarian I
  • Curatorial Instruction Assistant
  • Learning Commons Reference Assistant
  • Instruction and Outreach Librarian
  • Access Services Supervisor
  • Cataloging and Archives Librarian
  • Director of Administration

2021 Employers

  • Institute for Veterans and Military Families
  • St. Lawrence County Historical Association
  • James Prendergast Library Association
  • Syracuse University Libraries
  • NYU Shanghai
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Le Moyne College: Library
  • Syracuse University College of Law

Job placement status after graduation

  • 50% Employed full time
  • 30% Still seeking
  • 20% Attending graduate school

Average time to employment when obtained job

  • 82% Before graduation
  • 18% 0-3 months
  • 0% 3-6 months
  • 0% 6+ months
Online Graduates

Response rate: 79%

2021 Graduate Placement Rate: 86%

5-year Rolling Average Placement Rate: 86% (online students were included in total count in previous years)

2021 Job titles

  • Library Director
  • Librarian – Youth and Adult Services
  • School Library Media Specialist
  • Mobile Services Branch Manager
  • Digital Humanities Consultant – Southern Studies Program
  • Data Analyst/Research Analyst
  • Digitization Coordinator
  • Law Librarian
  • Reference and Instruction Librarian
  • Metadata Specialist

2021 Employers

  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • SUNY Cortland
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
  • Montana State Law Library
  • Library of Congress
  • Oxford University Press

Job placement status after graduation

  • 86% Employed
  • 13 % Still seeking
  • 1% Attending graduate school

Average time to employment when obtained job

  • 83% Before graduation*
  • 8% 0-3 months*
  • 9% 3-6 months*
0% 6+ months*

Graduate Employment Report: M.S in Library & Information Science with School Media specialization

Based on 100% response rate

2021 Graduate Placement Rate: 100%

5-year Rolling Average Placement Rate: 100%

Job placement status after graduation

  • 100% Employed

Average time to employment when obtained job

  • 83% Before graduation
  • 17% 0-3 months
  • 0% 3-6 months
  • 0% 6+ months

MSLIS Program Outcomes

Graduates of the iSchool MSLIS program:

  1. Can apply the skills and attitudes of visioning, entrepreneurship, advocacy, planning and management to leadership in the information field.
  2. Can manage information resources and the information life-cycle through the processes of collection development, representation, organization, preservation, curation, access, and dissemination in accordance with physical, virtual, and technical infrastructure and needs.
  3. Can apply appropriate pedagogical and learning theory principles in the design, development, implementation, and assessment of library instruction and learning that contribute towards an information and technology literate society.
  4. Can design and employ policies essential for creating and providing information services and resources guided by the values of patron privacy, equitable access, intellectual freedom, and ethical use of information.
  5. Possess the skills to respect, engage and collaborate with a diverse community in order to advocate for and construct inclusive, meaningful, and participatory library services, programs and resources.
  6. Can perform and assess research-based practices through the application of information literacy, inquiry, and research methods including data discovery, analytics and qualitative measures.

Successful Transfer of Credit into the MSLIS program

Graduate students in the iSchool may seek to transfer into their program of study up to six credits from another graduate institution. For those credits to be considered, it is required that they relate to the student’s program of study and be within 7 years of the student’s anticipated graduation from the MSLIS program.  It is our experience that few students transfer in credits, because of those requirements.  However, we encourage any prospective student, who is interested in this option, to talk with an admissions counselor about the process.

MSLIS with School Media Specialization (MSLIS: SM) New York State Licensure Pass Rates

Teachers certified in New York State, who are seeking an MSLIS with School Media Specialization, do not have to take the Education All Students or the edTPA.  Students who do not pass the test on their first try are able to retake the test until they receive a passing score or, if available, use the Safety Net provided by the New York State Education Department.

Students who do not pass the edTPA are able to use the Safety Net as implemented by the New York State Education Department, passing an alternate state exam: Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATSW).

2021 100%
2020 100%
2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016* 100%
2015 50%

*Safety Net requested

2021 100%
2020 100%
2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016* 100%

*Safety Net requested

2017 Test discontinued
2016* 100%
2015 67%

*Safety Net requested

2021 100%**
2020 100%
2019* 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016* 100%
2015 100%

*Safety Net requested
**Graduates May 2020 through August 2022 were waived from edTPA due to COVID