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Dual Graduate Program in Library Science and History


The MLS/MA is a dual degree offered jointly by the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (GSLIS) and the History Department.  It is coordinated by the Graduate Advisor for GSLIS and the Director of Graduate Studies in History. 

The program offers students the opportunity to develop skills in the methodologies of both library science, including archival and special collections management, and historical research.  Graduates of the program will receive two degrees, one in the Master of Library Science and the other in the Master of Arts in History, and will be well suited for professional careers in academic libraries, museums, oral history initiatives, document conservation, and public or private archives, and for admission into Ph.D. programs in either History or Library Science.

The 54-credit program can be completed in three years of full-time study and up to six years for part-time study.  The first several semesters should focus on the coursework requirements for both GSLIS and History.  Students should consult advisors in either department in selecting courses that are relevant for their research and career goals.  As part of their elective coursework, they are strongly encouraged to consider internships at local archives, museums, academic libraries, or other relevant institutions, for which either GSLIS or History credit will be awarded.  Students may also consider the GSLIS certificate program in Archives Management in conjunction with the joint degree.

Toward the end of the program, students will undertake a six-credit final thesis or project, constituted by LBSCI 709 and HIST 792, to be taken concurrently, under the advisement of faculty members from both GSLIS and History.


Students will complete the following components, totaling 54 credits:

GSLIS, required (12 credits):

-               LBSCI 700: The Technology of Information

-               LBSCI 701: Fundamentals of Library and Information Science

-               LBSCI 702: Information Sources and Service: General

-               LBSCI 703: Introduction to Technical Services

GSLIS, electives (12 credits):

-               any other four LBSCI graduate courses

History, required (3 credits):

-               HIST 791: Introduction to Historical Research

History, electives (21 credits):

-               any other seven HIST graduate courses, chosen in consultation with the DGS

Thesis/project (6 credits):

-               LBSCI 709: Research in Library and Information Studies

-               HIST 792: MLS/MA Capstone Research Project

Students should plan to take LBSCI 709 before HIST 792, or to complete the two courses concurrently. Students may not take HIST 792 before completing LBSCI 709 without ​​written approval from the MLS/MA program directors.

How to apply

Students wishing to apply to this program must apply online at this link.

Follow the prompts to apply to the Library Studies and History Program.  No other form of application will be accepted.

An interview is required for admission, and applicants will be contacted after the committee has read their materials.  Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

During this initial introduction of the program, questions regarding those already enrolled in either the MLS or History MA will be handled on an individual basis.


 Director of Graduate Studies in History

Dr. Grace Davie
Office: Powdermaker Hall 352-WW
Phone: 718-997-5381
Fax: 718-997-5359

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