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Library and Information Science

Pratt Institute School of Information’s Master of Science in Library and Information Science program prepares students to become librarians, archivists and other information professionals. We are not only the oldest Library and Information Science program in North America (since 1890) but one of the most distinctive.

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We foster an experiential learning environment that specializes in information in the context of arts, culture and technology. We are committed to teaching and learning in a face-to-face environment with our classes offered from our Manhattan headquarters. Our graduates go on to have successful careers in the information field. Some findings from our graduating student survey and alumni survey include:

  • 100%

    of graduates are employed when surveyed nine months after graduation.1

  • 97%

    of graduates would recommend Pratt School of Information to a friend, colleague, or family member interested in pursuing a Master’s degree.2

Who will you become?

Between 2014 and 2020, a selection of job titles obtained by MSLIS graduates include:

ArchivistArt Digitization Project Manager
Digital ArchivistDigital Asset Specialist
Digital Initiatives LibrarianEmerging Technologies Librarian
Library DirectorMetadata Specialist
Photo ArchivistReference and Genealogy Librarian
RegistrarHead of Teen Services
UX/UI DesignerYoung Adult Reference Librarian

Where will you work?

A selection of institutions and organizations in which these jobs were obtained include:

Museums, Historical Societies, and Cultural Organizations

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Chicago Film Archives
  • Leo Baeck Institute
  • The Frick Collection
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Morgan Library & Museum
  • National September 11 Memorial and Museum
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

Colleges and Universities

  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • City University of New York
  • The Juilliard School
  • Long Island University
  • New York University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Wellesley College
  • Yale University


  • ABC-Disney Television Group
  • Audible, Inc.
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Cleary Gottlieb
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Hook & Loop
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • Winthrop Group

Public Libraries

  • Baltimore County Public Library
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Madison Public Library
  • New York Public Library
  • Queens Library


  • Criterion Collection
  • Library Journal
  • New York Times
  • Village Voice
  • W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.


  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  • American Kennel Club
  • Goethe-Institut
  • The Grolier Club
  • Metropolitan New York Library Council
  • Sesame Workshop
  • Wildlife Conservation Society

Artist Studios and Artist Foundations

  • Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation
  • Keith Haring Foundation
  • Rosler Studio

Pratt’s MSLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) with the status of continued accreditation. The program has been accredited by ALA since 1924, the first year ALA accreditation was introduced. For more information, we invite you to explore our curriculum and degree requirementsprogram concentrations, and key statistics. You can also read about our facultyalumni, and history in these recent news articles:

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.    

1MSLIS Alumni Survey, graduates from AY 2018/2019, N=33 respondents, 54.8% response rate
2MSLIS Graduating Student Survey AY 2017/2018, N=66 respondents, 100% response rate