Syracuse University

School of Information Studies

Library & Information Science: School Media


Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Library and Information Science--School Media Specialization

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Within the MS in Library and Information Science degree program, the iSchool at Syracuse offers a formal area of specialization in school library media (known as the school media program). The school media program focuses on teaching LIS students the skills to help children in all areas of literacy and technology fluency. Our program was ranked #4 in the country according to the most recent poll conducted by US News & World Report. Estimates indicate that in the next few years almost 50 percent of the school library media specialists (a term used interchangeably with school media specialists and school librarians) in New York State will retire! The numbers are similar across the country. As a result, employment opportunities for school library media specialists are, and will continue to be, extensive; the demand for these information professionals will continue well into the 21st century. In addition, the MSLIS with School Media certification prepares graduates to enter other specializations in the library profession, including public libraries where there is also a critical need for librarians for children's and young adult services. Renowned faculty, 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. Those who already possess an accredited master's degree in library and information science can be certified as a school library media specialist by completing the specified curriculum requirements of our Certificate in Advanced Studies in School Media.


On campus or distance.

International Student Requirements:

Applicants who are citizens of the following English speaking countries are not required to submit TOEFL scores: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Kingdom. International applicants who would need Syracuse University to issue them an I-20 form for a student visa must show sufficient funding for at least the first year of graduate study. Acceptable evidence of adequate funding for privately sponsored applicants is certified current bank statements on official bank letterhead signed by an authorized bank official that indicates sufficient funds exist to meet at least first year expenses.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 0 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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