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Graduation and Retention Data

Data is for those matriculating (entering the MSLIS degree) from 2007 to 2017. Data for seven years since matriculation is provided when available. While the number of credits a matriculated student may take will vary throughout the student’s program, the data below is 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.

Last updated February 2020.

Data based on matriculation from 2007 to 2017; 14-38 students starting full-time in each of these years.

  • For those starting in 2007 to 2017, 87.7% completed their degree in two years (the expected length of the degree), and 93.9% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2007 to 2012, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 94.6%.
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 309 295 269 246 215 185
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 271 (87.7%) 277 (93.9%) 255 (94.8%) 234 (95.1%) 203 (94.4%) 175 (94.6)%
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 35 (12.3%) 18 (6.1%) 14 (5.2%) 12 (4.9%) 12 (5.6%) 10 (5.4%)
Number of years of data 11 10 9 8 7 6
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2007 to 2017 2007 to 2016 2007 to 2015 2007 to 2014 2007 to 2013 2007 to 2012

Data based on matriculation from 2007 to 2017; 3 to 7 students started part-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2007 to 2017, 39.3% completed their degree in two years, and 63.3% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2007 to 2012, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 72.4%
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 56 49 45 40 36 29
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 22 (39.3%) 31 (63.3%) 31 (68.9%) 30 (75.0%) 27 (75.0%) 21 (72.4%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 34 (60.7%) 18 (36.7%) 14 (31.1%) 10 (25.0%) 9 (25.0%) 8 (27.6%)
Number of years of data 11 10 9 8 7 6
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2007 to 2017 2007 to 2016 2007 to 2015 2007 to 2014 2007 to 2013 2007 to 2012

Data based on matriculation from 2007 to 2017; 0 to 6 students started full-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2007 to 2017, 68.2% completed their degree in two years, and 93.8% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2007 to 2012, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 83.3%
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 22 16 14 10 7 6
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 15 (68.2%) 15 (93.8%) 13 (92.9%) 9 (90.0%) 6 (85.7%) 5 (83.3%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 68 (31.8%) 33 (6.2%) 28 (7.1%) 24 (9.0%) 21 (14.3%) 19 (16.7%)
Number of years of data 11 10 9 8 7 6
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2007 to 2017 2007 to 2016 2007 to 2015 2007 to 2014 2007 to 2013 2007 to 2012

Data based on matriculation from 2007 to 2017; 18 to 48 students started part-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2007 to 2017, 42.9% completed their degree in two years, and 71.1% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2007 to 2012, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 85.2%
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 343 315 286 261 243 216
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 147 (42.9%) 224 (71.1%) 222 (77.6%) 211 (80.8%) 206 (84.8%) 184 (85.2%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 68 (57.1%) 33 (28.9%) 28 (22.4%) 24 (19.2%) 21 (15.2%) 19 (14.8%)
Number of years of data 11 10 9 8 7 6
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2007 to 2017 2007 to 2016 2007 to 2015 2007 to 2014 2007 to 2013 2007 to 2012

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

Campus Graduates

Based on 93% response rate

2019 Graduate Placement Rate : 73%

3-year Rolling Average Placement Rate: 90%

2019 Job titles

  • Children’s Librarian
  • Data Management and Curation Fellow
  • Digitization Technician
  • Teen Coordinator
  • Rights and Reproductions and Digitization Assistant
  • User Interface Specialist

2019 Employers

  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Cornell University
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • New York Historical Society
  • Onondaga Community College
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Victor Farmington Library

Job placement status after graduation

  • 70% Employed full time
  • 27% Still seeking
  • 3% Attending graduate school

Average time to employment when obtained job

  • 84% Before graduation
  • 13% 0-3 months
  • 3% 3-6 months
  • 0% 6+ months
Online Graduates

Response rate: N/A*

2019 Graduate Placement Rate : 81%

3-year Rolling Average Placement Rate: N/A*

2019 Job titles

  • Resident Librarian in the Sciences
  • Taxonomist
  • Online Learning Librarian
  • Data Science Liaison / Underwriter
  • Lead Librarian/Collection Development Librarian
  • Young and Emerging Adult Librarian

2019 Employers

  • Tulsa City-County Library system
  • Prudence Crandall Museum
  • Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Cleveland Public Library
  • The New York Public Library
  • US Navy Reserve
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Penn State University

Job placement status after graduation

  • % Employed*
  • % Still seeking*
  • % Attending graduate school*

Average time to employment when obtained job

  • % Before graduation*
  • % 0-3 months*
  • % 3-6 months*
  • % 6+ months*

*Data not available at this update.

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

Based on 100% response rate

2019 Graduate Placement Rate: 100%

5-year Rolling Average Placement Rate: 100%

2019 Employers

  • South Jefferson Central Schools
  • Henrico County Public Schools
  • Solvay Union Free School District
  • Lindenhurst Public School District
  • McKinley tech High School
  • Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Jr/Sr High School
  • Rochester City School District

Job placement status after graduation

  • 100% Employed

Average time to employment when obtained job

  • 75% Before graduation
  • 9% 0-3 months
  • 8% 3-6 months
  • 8% 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 Academic Literacy Skills Tests, 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.

2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016* 100%
2015 100%
2014 60%

*Safety Net requested

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

*Safety Net requested

2017 Test discontinued
2016* 100%
2015 67%

*Safety Net requested

2019 100%
2018* 100%
2017 100%
2016 100%
2015* 100%
2014* 100%

*Safety Net requested