School of Information and Library Science Pratt Institute

School of Information and Library Science Pratt Institute

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 5
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
7 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


A Highly-Regarded School of Information and Library Science

Pratt Institute's highly-regarded School of Information and Library Science 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 and Library Science (S.I.L.S.) 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, law librarianship, 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 Library and Information Science Library Media Specialist and an MS in Museums and Digital Culture.

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.S. 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.

With the Brooklyn Law School, Pratt offers a joint degree program leading to a M.S.L.I.S./J.D. degree. This prepares students for careers such as law librarianship and legal and database publishing. To enter the joint degree program, students must apply separately to both Pratt Institute and Brooklyn Law School.

Advanced Certificate Programs

Some students choose to pursue an advanced certificate. To receive an advanced certificate as a library media specialist, students must have a master's degree in library science from an accredited institution. This degree can lead to a teaching certification from New York State.

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 in library and information studies 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.

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.

International Programs

Pratt-S.I.L.S. offers summer programs in Florence, Italy, and London, England.

In partnership with Florence's SACI School of Art, Pratt offers a program that explores Florentine art and culture, museum and library resources and documentation, and cultural heritage conservation.

Students can also study at London's University College London, which houses a highly regarded school for information science.

Tuition Aid

In partnership with the Brooklyn Museum, Pratt offers grants for S.I.L.S. students studying for careers in museum libraries and archives in the digital age.

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

About S.I.L.S. and Pratt

Many S.I.L.S. 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 and Library Science

Pratt Institute

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

Dr. Tula Giannini


Phone: 212-647-7682

Ms. Young Hah

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3683
Fax: 718-399-4242

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Library Media Specialist Advanced Certificate (Adv C)
    • Library And Information Science Advanced Certificate (Adv C)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Museum Libraries Advanced Certificate (Adv C)
    • Archives Advanced Certificate (Adv C)
    • Juris Doctor/Master of Science (JD/MS)
    • Library And Information Science: Library Media Specialist Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 122
    • 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
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


91% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 159
    • Accepted 146
    • Acceptance Rate 91
    • Enrolled 54
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • 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 DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *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 Students188
    • Female Percentage86%
    • Male Percentage14%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students188
    • Part-time Percentage45%
    • Full-time Percentage55%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian72%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty35
    • Full-time Percentage26%
    • Part-time Percentage74%
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%


  • 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