School of Information Pratt Institute

School of Information Pratt Institute

New York, NY
location
Private
type
Urban
setting
82%
18%
student ratio
186
total students
Tuition Cost $26,742
$26,742
average amount to complete degree
January 5
fall application deadline
74%
acceptance rate
4 Degrees Offered
degrees offered

Overview

A Highly-Regarded School of Information

Pratt Institute's highly-regarded School of Information prepares students for professions in the information sciences, with an emphasis on cultural informatics and world information, society, and environments (W.I.S.E.).

The school offers master's degrees, dual degree programs, and advanced certificates. The goal of Pratt's comprehensive program is to teach students critical thinking, keep up with trends in technology, and train top information specialists. The cutting-edge program offers several areas of concentration such as literacy, education, and outreach and rare books and special collections.

Established in 1890, the school holds the distinction of being the oldest school of library science in North America and the only ALA-accredited graduate school of information and library science in Manhattan.

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Master's Degree Program

The School of Information offers the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) degree. Students can choose to focus in a particular area including reference, cataloging and metadata, information technology, or the role of information professions in society.

The curriculum includes work with arts and humanities, library services, business/corporate information services, health sciences, and archives and records management.

Electives can round out a student's expertise. Classes cover topics like digital technology, urban public libraries, cultural diversity, and photography collections.

Pratt also offers an MS in Museums and Digital Culture, an MS in Data Analytics and Visualization, and MS in Information Experience and Design. 

Dual and Joint Degree Programs

Pratt offers several dual and joint degree programs. In conjunction with Pratt's History of Art Department, students can work toward an M.S.L.I.S./M.A. in History of Art and Design. This track is designed for students who want to work in arts-related academic libraries, museums, galleries, and auction houses. To get the dual degree, students must apply to and be accepted in both programs.

Pratt offers a M.S.L.I.S. and M.F.A. in Digital Arts (Digital Arts and Information). This dual degree offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in using digital tools creatively across media in such emerging areas as virtual information and learning environments for a wide range of information settings.

Advanced Certificate Programs

Some students choose to pursue an advanced certificate. Pratt offers advanced certificates in Archives, Conservation and Digital Curation, Digital Humanities, Museum Libraries, and User Experience.

Many programs can be taken within Pratt's M.S.L.I.S. or after the master's degree is completed. When pursuing a certificate in archives, students can prepare themselves for fields in special collections, digital libraries, and records management. An advanced certificate in museum libraries prepares students for working in museum, research, and academic libraries.

An advanced certificate is ideal for information professionals who want to gain knowledge and experience to work in digital libraries, digital information design, and social media and policy. Pratt offers an advanced certificate in Digital Humanities as well as an advanced certificate in User Experience (UX).

The Practicum

As part of their immersion into library science, students have the opportunity to take a practicum, which includes on-site work experience supervised by professionals in the field. The practicum, which may take place in a variety of world-class New York institutions, culminates in a final project.

Tuition Aid

In partnership with the Brooklyn Museum, Pratt offers grants for School of Information students studying for careers in museum libraries and archives in the digital age.

The school also offers a fellowship program for School of Information students with a track record of academic excellence. This program supports research, international studies, and field experience.

About School of Information and Pratt

Many School of Information classes are held in Manhattan, in a building that houses 5 computer laboratories, smart classrooms, and a scanning lab. Other classes are held in New York's top libraries, museums, and archives. It is at these revered institutions that students can also do internships, research, and guided visits.

The main campus of Pratt, known as a top liberal arts school, is located in a residential area of Brooklyn.


Location & Contact

School of Information

Pratt Institute

144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States

Anthony Cocciolo

Interim Dean

Phone: 212-647-7702
Fax: 212-367-2492
Email: acocciol@pratt.edu

Natalie Capannelli

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3551
Fax: 718-399-4242
Email: ncapanne@pratt.edu

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Library Science Advanced Certificate (Adv C)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Science (JD/MS)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science/Master of Fine Arts (MS/MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 59
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 1
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

74% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 303
    • Accepted 227
    • Acceptance Rate 74
    • Enrolled 67
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesmaster's degree in library and information science
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$26,742
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students186
    • Female Percentage82%
    • Male Percentage18%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students186
    • Part-time Percentage28%
    • Full-time Percentage72%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino10%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian58%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown or International Student19%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDevelopment of urban libraries and information centers, medical and law librarianship, information management
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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