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Graduation and Retention Data

Data for those matriculating (entering the MSLIS degree) from 2011to 2018. 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 2021.

Data based on matriculation from 2011 to 2018; 14-36 students starting full-time in each of these years.

  • For those starting in 2011 to 2018, 85.9% completed their degree in two years (the expected length of the degree), and 94.3% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2011 to 2018, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 91%.
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 184 160 146 120 97 66
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 158 (85.9%) 151 (94.3%) 138 (94.5%) 113 (94.2%) 90 (92.8%) 60 (91%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 26 (14.1%) 9 (5.7%) 8 (5.8%) 7 (5.8%) 7 (7.2%) 6 (9%)
Number of years of data 7 6 5 4 3 2
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2011 to 2018 2011 to 2017 2011 to 2016 2011 to 2015 2011 to 2014 2011 to 2013

Data based on matriculation from 2011 to 2018; 4 to 7 students started part-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2011 to 2018, 51.4% completed their degree in two years, and 71% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2011 to 2018, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 90.9%
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 37 31 24 20 15 11
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 19 (51.4%) 22 (71%) 20 (83.3%) 16 (80%) 13 (86.7%) 10 (90.9%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 18 (48.6%) 9 (29%) 4 (16.7%) 4 (20%) 2 (13.3%) 1 (9.1%)
Number of years of data 7 6 5 4 3 2
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2011 to 2018 2011 to 2017 2011 to 2016 2011 to 2015 2011 to 2014 2011 to 2013

Data based on matriculation from 2011 to 2018; 1 to 34 students started full-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2011 to 2018, 59.6% completed their degree in two years, and 94.4% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2011 to 2018, 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 52 18 12 10 7 3
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 31 (59.6%) 17 (94.4%) 12 (100%) 10 (100%) 7 (100%) 3 (100%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 21 (40.4%) 1 (5.6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Number of years of data 7 6 5 4 3 2
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2011 to 2018 2011 to 2017 2011 to 2016 2011 to 2015 2011 to 2014 2011 to 2013

Data based on matriculation from 2011 to 2018; 18 to 104 students started part-time in each of those years.

  • For those starting in 2011 to 2018, 47.2% completed their degree in two years, and 70.7% completed in three years
  • For those starting in 2011 to 2018, The percentage of those who completed their degree for a retention rate over the seven years permitted for completion of the degree is 88%
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 254 150 122 93 68 50
Graduates: Number (%) who did complete in this number of years 120 (47.2%) 106 (70.7%) 98 (80.3%) 76 (81.7%) 56 (82.4%) 44 (88%)
Number (%) who did not complete in this number of years 134 (52.8%) 44 (29.3%) 24 (19.7%) 17 (18.3%) 12 (17.6%) 6 (12%)
Number of years of data 7 6 5 4 3 2
Matriculation (start of academic year) 2011 to 2018 2011 to 2017 2011 to 2016 2011 to 2015 2011 to 2014 2011 to 2013

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

*Class of 2020 graduated during the COVID-19 pandemic

Campus Graduates

Based on 79% response rate

2020 Graduate Placement Rate: 63%

5-year Rolling Average Placement Rate: 79%

2020 Job titles

  • Cataloging and Archives Librarian
  • Open Educational Resources & Instruction Librarian
  • Outreach Librarian for English and Film & Media Studies
  • Records Management Specialist
  • Resource Librarian
  • Tween Librarian

2020 Employers

  • Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC)
  • Federal Fayetteville Free Library
  • Mansfield Historical Society
  • Petit Branch Library
  • Prescott Valley Public Library
  • RCA Records
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Touro College
  • University of Rochester

Job placement status after graduation

  • 50% Employed full time
  • 30% Still seeking
  • 0% Attending graduate school

Average time to employment when obtained job

  • 25% Before graduation
  • 9% 0-3 months
  • 4% 3-6 months
  • 3% 6+ months
Online Graduates

Response rate: N/A*

2020 Graduate Placement Rate : N/A*

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

2020 Job titles

  • *

2020 Employers

  • *

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*

* Data not available at the time of update.

  • % 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

2020 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

  • 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 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).

2020 100%
2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016* 100%
2015 100%
2014 60%

*Safety Net requested

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

*Safety Net requested

2017 Test discontinued
2016* 100%
2015 67%

*Safety Net requested

2020 100%**
2019 100%
2018* 100%
2017 100%
2016 100%
2015* 100%
2014* 100%

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