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Master of Library Science in Library Science

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College is the only publicly funded, ALA-accredited Master of Library Science program in the New York area.

  • Prepare for positions in universities, corporate archives, and municipal centers—almost anywhere information is stored, preserved, catalogued, and accessed
  • Choose from our expanded array of concentrations, with new strengths in the management of digital resources

A degree in library science from Queens College is a gateway to many careers, both in and out of libraries. Our students intern at some of the most distinguished institutions in the region, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Center for Jewish History, and CUNY library systems.

Why pursue an MLS degree at Queens College?

  • Take advantage of a wide array of concentrations, including Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials, Public Library Services for Children and Young Adults, Library Media Specialists for Public Schools, Academic Librarianship, Digital Resources Management, Organization of Information, Records and Information Management, and Special and Embedded Librarianship
  • Our alumni go on to great careers—from librarian at NYU Shanghai to creator and director of the Queens Memory Project
  • We also offer some courses in Manhattan at other CUNY libraries and classrooms
Admissions at a Glance
Fall Deadline April 1
Spring Deadline November 1
Extended Deadline June 30
Letters of Reference 3
Essay 500 Words
PTE 68
Accepts Non-Matric Yes

Requirements for Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.

  1. Applicants whose undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0, but who otherwise merit consideration for admission, may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0 who hold advanced degrees are not required to take the GRE
  2. A meeting with the Director of the School, the Graduate Advisor, or a member of the School’s Admissions Committee will be required before a decision on admission is made

Deadlines may be extended further if spaces remain in the program.

Requirements for Non-Matriculation

Students are to follow the college’s requirements for non-matriculation​.

Some students may register in the school as non-matriculates with permission of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Students who are fully matriculated in another accredited library school may, with permission from their home institution and from the Director or Graduate Advisor of the GSLIS, register for individual graduate library science courses, when space is available.

Applicants who do not qualify for matriculated status may be admitted as non-matriculates with the approval of the Graduate Advisor. Courses taken as a non-matriculated student may be credited toward the MLS degree if a grade of B (3.0) or better is attained. A non-matriculate wishing to matriculate may have a maximum of 12 credits accepted towards the degree by the School.

A student who has been awarded the MLS degree and wants to enroll for additional courses must file an application for admission as a graduate non-matriculate with the Graduate Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline date.