MLIS Curriculum

Students in the MS in Library and Information Science (MLIS) program pursue one unifying goal: to have a positive impact on how communities access and use information. The program’s curriculum is uniquely designed to prepare effective library and information science leaders, offering opportunities for students to customize their education and gain hands-on experience. The curriculum consists of 36 credits and can be completed in 18 months.

All iSchool graduate courses are acceptable electives. Students can also take up to 6 credits of specific graduate courses from other Syracuse University schools, such as Whitman School of Management and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, as electives toward their MS in Library and Information Science. Students must choose courses that meet their graduate requirements. Permission to register for the courses is also required.

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In addition to learning core principles, students select elective courses to tailor coursework to their own unique career focus. These career paths include academic librarians, data scientists, school media specialists, corporate librarians, and research and public librarians.

Students can also select a designated specialization of study in School Media.


Student Learning Outcomes

To ensure that graduates emerge fully prepared to succeed as well-informed, mission-driven library and information science professionals, the program’s learning outcomes focus on the following:

  • Philosophy, principles, and ethics of librarianship: Students are well grounded in the philosophy, principles, knowledge, character, and ethics of librarianship and understand the value of teaching, service, and research. They emerge from the program prepared to apply these concepts across a variety of library and information contexts.
  • Information resources: Students understand the variety of information resources and the systems and technologies that facilitate their management and use. They learn to manage information resources through a variety of techniques including identification, selection, acquisition, analysis, and evaluation. 
  • Information services: Students understand the role of rapidly changing library and information services and technologies in a multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual global society, including the role of serving the needs of underserved groups. They will be able to create and manage user-centered information services and systems to meet the needs of changing and diverse communities. 
  • Librarianship in a broader information society: Students understand the importance of contributions between the field of library and information studies and other related fields. They collaborate with future members of other professions to apply basic and applied research from related information fields.
  • Professional communication and leadership skills: Students understand the principles, norms, and practices governing professional communication in the field through informal structures and professional organizations. They can assume team member, management, and leadership roles in their workplace and their profession.

Students display their expertise in each of these unique areas of focus in a variety of ways, including engaging in teaching, service and research; developing and disseminating new resources, systems, and services; debating local, national, and international information issues; and collaborating with fellow students through group projects.

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