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Master of Library Science in Library Media Specialist for Certified Teachers

The GSLIS prepares graduates for employment and service in a diverse, global, and rapidly changing information society now and in the future. Graduates of the GSLIS are able to demonstrate appropriate competencies and to articulate ethical values as defined by LIS professional organizations, and other stakeholder communities.

GSLIS maintains a rigorous yet flexible curriculum that reflects the changing needs of its constituency, through ongoing assessment and revision.

Admissions at a Glance
Fall Deadline April 1
Spring Deadline November 1
Extended Deadline December 1
Letters of Reference 3
Essay 500 Words
PTE 68
Accepts Non-Matric Yes
Teacher Certification Yes

Requirements for Matriculation

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

  1. Applicants to all School Library Media Specialist programs must first be admitted to GSLIS via the standard application procedure.
    Admission to the Library Media Specialist Program for Certified Teachers additionally requires that the applicant possess a valid New York State teaching certification.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.