Master of Library Science
The program of courses leading to the Master of Library Science degree consists of 36 credits completed with an overall average of at least B (3.0 index). All requirements for the degree must be completed within four years after admission to the program or four years after the first course was credited, including credits earned as a non-matriculant or credits transferred. Extensions of time may be granted under compelling circumstances. The M.L.S. degree is offered in two programs: School Media Specialist (Library) (program code 604) and General (program code 602). For regulations on non-matriculated status (program code 950 program), contact the School.
Basic Core Sequence
The basic sequence consists of five courses required of all students. All entering students are expected to complete the following four core courses at the start of their studies:
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
LBSCI 709 Research and Bibliographic Methods
In addition to the four courses listed above, all students must complete this fifth required course, which includes a research project, only after completion of at least 21 credits. The student’s project report must give evidence of ability to integrate knowledge obtained from the individual courses constituting the M.L.S. program. Satisfactory completion of a research project is mandated by the New York State Department of Education for receipt of the M.L.S. degree.
Students who have previously completed a master’s thesis may apply to fulfill this requirement by completing LBSCI 791: Independent Study. Students who believe they are eligible to take LBSCI 791 should consult the Graduate Adviser to obtain approval at the outset of their program