MSLIS program

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) is a comprehensive graduate program that prepares individuals for careers in libraries (academic, public, and special), archives and special collections, cultural institutions, government agencies, or other information-intensive organizations.

Through a wide variety of courses, the MSLIS program provides students with the knowledge and skills related to information creation, storage and retrieval, communication, description and access, selection, acquisition, organization, preservation, dissemination, use, and management.

Degree Requirements

The MSLIS consists of 36 credits (12 three-credit classes): four required courses and eight electives, which must be completed with a B average or better. The program is designed to be completed in two years (three courses per semester) or three years (two courses per semester). Summer courses may reduce this time. Please note that international students must be enrolled full-time (3 courses, 9 credits per semester). Note that courses are held at 11:30 AM, 3 PM, and 6:30 PM.

To find course descriptions and faculty for each course, type in the course number on our Course Search page. For example: INFO-601.


Foundation (1 course, 3 credits)
INFO-601 Foundations of Information

MSLIS Core (3 courses, 9 credits)
INFO-652 Reference & Instruction
INFO-653 Knowledge Organization
INFO-654 Information Technologies*

*The INFO 654 requirement may be waived for students with sufficient technical knowledge and/or experience; for more information please visit the Information Technologies course waiver page.


Any course offered by the School of Information may be taken as an elective by MSLIS students. When selecting electives, students may choose to follow a specific program concentration or advanced certificate (see below) or create an individualized program of study through consultation with their faculty advisor. Below is a small sampling of our diverse elective course offerings:

INFO-609 Introduction to Spatial Thinking and GIS 
INFO-611 Information Policies & Politics
INFO-612 Advanced GIS

INFO-628 Data Librarianship and Management
INFO-630 Research Design & Methods
INFO-638 Web Development
INFO-643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design
INFO-660 Collection Development
INFO-661 Art Documentation
INFO-665 Projects in Digital Archives
INFO-673 Literacy and Instruction

Please note a listing of technologies covered in each course is available.


To graduate from the MSLIS program, students must submit a Portfolio that demonstrates they have met the program’s five student learning outcomes (SLOs). For students entering in fall 2019 and after, the learning outcomes are the following:

  1. Foundations of Library & Information studies – Apply core concepts and theories to information collection, organization, and access in multiple environments.
  2. User-centered services – Students can meet information needs of diverse user communities across multiple communication formats (e.g. oral, written, visual, interactive).
  3. Technology – Students can select and apply tools and technologies used in the field to improve information functions.
  4. Research – Investigate information environments and users’ needs, behaviors, and experiences through appropriate research methods and analysis.
  5. Ethical/Creative/Critical practice – Apply core ethical principles to professional practice and understand the broad impact of information on society. Students can raise critical questions about information, its production, dissemination, storage, and preservation.

For students entering before fall 2019, use the above outcomes when preparing portfolios or use the ones from when you started the program (PDF).

Samples of recent student work and other course projects are available at the Research @ Pratt SI website.

Learn more about the MSLIS Portfolio requirement.


Beginning in Spring 2020, the LIS program will be designated as a STEM program by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and thus qualifies for the STEM optional practical training (OPT) extension for F-1 students.

Program Concentrations and Advanced Certificates

MSLIS students may choose to focus on a specific area by pursuing one of the following program concentrations:

  • Data Analytics, Research, and Assessment
  • Digital Culture Heritage
  • Libraries and Academic/Research Contexts
  • Literacy, Education, and Outreach
  • Rare Books and Special Collections

In addition, the MSLIS degree can be completed while earning any of the following advanced certificates:

If you intend to complete an advanced certificate, once enrolled in the program please submit the Certificate Declaration Form at your earliest convenience.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level and are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application, upload the following top three items and submit requests for recommendations online:

  • Official transcripts of all previous postsecondary education
  • A statement of purpose describing interest in the program as well as personal goals
  • A current resume/CV
  • Request two letters of recommendation online from academic or professional sources
  • [Optional] You may also include additional materials to demonstrate your skills and/or interests, which may take the form of an online portfolio, academic research paper, analytical report or presentation, or other relevant work sample. Along with your personal statement, please include a link/URL where we can access these materials and, if necessary, a brief explanation.

International students whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. The minimum required TOEFL score is 82 (Internet), IELTS of 6.5, and PTE score of 53. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Applicants may apply for non-matriculated status if desired and take up to six credits.

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Questions? For admissions inquiries, please contact Graduate Admissions at 718.636.3514 or For all other inquiries, contact the School of Information at 212.647.7682 or For more information, you may also request a catalog and sign-up to attend an information session.