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University at Buffalo

Graduate School of Education, Library & Information Studies


Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260
United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

Master of Library Science (MLS) · March 1 for summer · April 1 for fall · October 1 for spring (then on space available basis) MLS: Library Media Specialist MLS/JD MLS/MA (Music), Library and Information Science - Advanced Certificate

Format: Campus, Online

Program Description:

The Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) offers a Master of Library Science (MLS) program that prepares graduates to serve in academic libraries, public libraries, school library media centers, as well as special libraries and other information agencies. On the cutting edge of information technology and service to information-seeking adults and children, many MLS graduates work in libraries housed in communities, universities, or schools, or in archives, film collections, law firms, museums, newspapers, television, or web development companies. Here they are expected to provide expertise as web site developers, database authorities, technology leaders, trainers, and varied other activities that connect people with information and enrichment. Other graduates go into specialties such as information freelancing, network management, or web design. Optional specialization in school librarianship results in certification as a Library Media Specialist by the New York State Education Department.


American Library Association

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL score report (must not be more than two years old from the time you begin classes) with a minimum of 213 for a computer based test, 550 for a paper based test and 79 Internet based test. A copy of your passport biographical page. All letters of recommendation must be on official letterhead and should be placed in letterhead envelopes with the signature across the seal of the envelope. Financial documentation totaling $22,230*; international graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S. All financial forms and supporting documentation must be originals with original signatures, and must be dated within one year of the time the applicant intends to enroll at UB. No action will be taken on dossiers of applicants who indicate no financial support. The International Financial Form located at An official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars. *subject to change

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offered: No

Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities I

Institution Sector: Public

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000 - 19,999