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Syracuse University

MS Program in Library and Information Science

Syracuse, NY


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Top Ranked Library and Information Studies Programs

Syracuse University's School of Information Studies is ranked first in information systems for library and information schools in the "US News and World Report" 2014 best graduate schools rankings, third for school library media, third in digital librarianship, fourth overall in the library and information science category, and fifth in online programs.


Syracuse University's Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) degree program has been fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1928. In North America, most library employers require an ALA-accredited master's degree for professional level positions. In addition, many states require an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries. Outside of North America, ALA accreditation is valued because of the review process that every program goes through to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of the profession.

MS in Library and Information Science Degree program

The Syracuse University School of Information Studies' Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree program curriculum consists of a comprehensive 36 credit course load that prepares graduates to find library science jobs in a broad range of organizations, including non-library settings. Classes are offered both on-campus and online, with class size generally ranging from 10-40 students. Students who matriculate in the Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree program come from diverse backgrounds across the US and throughout the world, yet all are drawn to one goal--to have a positive impact on how communities access and use information. Those communities may be a K-12 school, academic institution, public library, corporation, government agency, or cultural institution.

MS in Library and Information Science School Media Specialization

Within the LIS degree program, the school offers a formal area of specialization in school librarianship (known as the school media program). The school media program focuses on teaching Library and Information Science (LIS) students the skills to help children in grades pre-K-to 12 in all areas of literacy and technology fluency. The MSLIS degree program with School Media certification prepares graduates to enter other specializations in the library profession--including academic libraries (e.g. community colleges) and public libraries--where they serve as librarians for children's and young adult services. Renowned faculty members, innovative courses, and award-winning research and development projects at the School of Information Studies continue to make school media an exciting program with a wide variety of learning experiences and opportunities.

Certificate of Advanced Study School Media

Students who already possess an accredited master's degree in library and information science can be certified as school library media specialists by completing the specified curriculum requirements. Students must first undergo a thorough review of their graduate library science degree transcript to determine if the core graduate and undergraduate course requirements have been fulfilled. If all requirements have not been met, additional courses will be required.


The iSchool has over 45 full-time faculty members, including those who teach specific courses for library science and information science. The research and teaching interests of the library science and information science faculty members vary widely and include digital literacy, information access for members of underrepresented populations, data modeling, innovation, copyright, transformative games, library value and impact, and motivation theory.

Scholarship Awards

The iSchool offers a number of scholarship award opportunities, including the 25% Library Employee Tuition Award--an award available to those working in a library setting and the new Expect More Library Award who wish to pursue an ALA accredited Library and Information Science (LIS) or LIS School Media (LISSM) master's degree, either in the online or on campus format.

Online or On-Campus Master's in Library and Information Science Degrees

Since 1993, the iSchool at Syracuse University has been offering high-quality, graduate-level distance learning opportunities to students around the world. With limited residencies and asynchronous course delivery, students can learn virtually anytime, anywhere, earning a Syracuse University degree with flexible study schedules and no need to relocate. This flexibility attracts some of the best professionals in their related fields and the online classroom becomes an environment that enhances engagement and expands professional networks. Online courses are of the same academic rigor as on-campus courses, and every effort is made to ensure that the academic experience is of equally excellent quality for both distance and campus students. The only difference is the delivery mode. Graduates of the School of Information Studies distance programs receive the same degree as their campus counterparts. MSLIS degrees are accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) regardless of the format used to complete the coursework.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Yes
Spring deadline October 15th October 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Two letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 100

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards January 1
Types of financial support available Fellowships


Focus of faculty research: Information environments, library planning and marketing, management principles, information policy
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 343 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY  13244
United States
Contact Prof. Caroline Haythornthwaite
Program Director
Phone: 315-443-2911

Syracuse University