- The Palmer School’s master’s degree (MSLIS) is offered at:
LIU Post in Brookville, Long Island
Manhattan at NYU’s Bobst Library
Brentwood in Long Island’s Suffolk County.
Once admitted to Palmer, students may choose to take classes at any of our sites.
- The master’s degree is 36 credits (12 courses). There are five required core courses including a capstone internship. The general requirements are described here.
- We have a dual degree with NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science and NYU’s Steinhardt School’s Costume Studies and Media, Culture, and Communication programs.
- We offer an optional certificate program in Archives and Records Management that can be taken within the 36 credit MSLIS. It is an 18 credit concentration. Those who already have a master’s degree in any field are eligible to apply for the certificate without the MSLIS.
- We have the only concentration in rare books and special collections of its kind, taking advantage of spectacular NYC resources—both places and people!
- Students interested in working in the school setting can earn the school library specialist certification by taking our online program. School library students earn teaching certification as part of the School Library Specialist degree.
- Interested in taking classes for personal enrichment? We welcome visiting students!
Palmer’s courses cover all of the basics essential in the world of information (reference, cataloging, history of the field) within the framework of today’s technologies. The very latest topics (audio preservation, website architecture, managing digital libraries, emerging technologies, to name a few) and specialized areas of interest through courses like History of the Book, Artists’ Books, Great Collections of NYC, Preservation, and others equip Palmer grads to handle the challenges of working as today’s information specialist.
- Flexible scheduling allows for evening, weekend, intensified (one week, six weekends, two weekends, etc.), online, and blended (primarily online) formats. Classes are offered in the fall, spring and summer enabling students to move through the program at the pace that works best for them. Palmer’s required internship ensures that students have professional-level, hands-on experience just prior to graduating.
- Course syllabi and schedules
- Students may apply for fall, spring or summer admission.
- Admission is on a rolling basis. Once the LIU Post Office of Graduate Admissions has ALL the necessary materials (all transcripts, two references, completed application, personal statement, resume) applicants usually hear back within three weeks. Once admitted, students may take classes at any of Palmer’s sites.
- GREs are not required for anyone with a 3.0 or better on the overall undergraduate cumulative average OR for anyone who has completed another master’s or professional degree.
- Interested students may take up to six credits (two courses) prior to admission by applying for non-matriculated personal enrichment status. Please understand that there is no financial aid available for students who are not matriculated. The earned credits will be applied to the official record once the student is matriculated.
- Students may transfer in up to six credits.
Certificates, Concentrations, Requirements
The Dual Degree With NYU
Tuition and Fees Schedule
Financial Assistance / Scholarships
Personal Enrichment / Visiting Students / Auditors
General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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- Palmer faculty represent a wealth of experience and interests. Not only do our full-time faculty teach and counsel our students, but we have access to the best of the best in the way of working professionals from a variety of New York City institutions, from universities like Columbia, New York University, Hunter, to stellar cultural institutions like the New York Public Library, New-York Historical Society, The Grolier Club, and others.
- For more information on our Palmer faculty, please visit this page.
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We have a great program in wonderful places, and we’d be glad to answer any other questions you might have. For questions related to the program at LIU Post, please email Gerry.Kopczynski@liu.edu; for information on the program in Manhattan, please email Alice.Flynn@liu.edu.