The Dual Degree with NYU

Most research library settings require their librarians to have not only the MLS degree, but a master’s degree in a particular subject area as well. NYU and LIU Palmer offer qualified students the opportunity of selecting one of hundreds of major programs within NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS), and from the Steinhardt School, students may select the master’s degree in either Media, Culture and Communication or Costume Studies.

In order to meet the interests of students in a variety of program areas and with differing career goals, there are two pathways within the Dual Degree Program. The Dual Degree Mentoring Program is designed to train future librarians who aspire to be subject specialists in academic and cultural institutions. The Dual Degree Internship Program is designed for students who aspire to work as an archivist, an information officer in a specialized library, or as a library generalist. Meetings with the mentors of the program will help determine the direction your individual program will take. All students are assigned a mentor from NYU, no matter the pathway selected.

There are some programs within GSAS that do not participate in the dual degree, so be sure to check with your intended program at NYU. Students graduate with two separate degrees: the MA from NYU and the MS from LIU.

See where some of our dual degree grads have landed!

The Program

LIU’s MSLIS — 28 credits

    • Core Courses (4 courses = 12 credits): LIS 510, 511, 512, 514 (Note: LIS 514 may be waived if your NYU program offers a similar course. This frees you up to take another elective.)
    • LIS 516: Collection Development
    • LIS 606: Information Literacy and Library Instruction
    • LIS 785: Mentoring (4 credits)
    • Electives (2 courses = 6 credits)
  • Dual Degree Program LIU 
  • Dual Degree Advising Worksheet

NYU’s MA/MS — 24+ credits

Mentoring Component

The mentoring component of the dual degree differentiates it from any other program of its type. The actual mentorship course (LIS 785) is part of the LIU curriculum and replaces the Internship class (LIS 690). It is 4 credits and students are registered for it in the first semester.

New dual degree students are assigned a mentor from the ranks of the NYU librarians and archivists, and occasionally from other cultural institutions. Your mentor is selected by the dual degree faculty based upon your interests and your program. Our goal is to give you guidance, instruction, and support through a collegial network of professionals. There are specific benchmarks that students must reach to complete the mentorship which is graded as a pass/fail course. The grade will be incomplete on your transcript until you finish the mentoring program and your mentor submits a letter of completion for you. For more about the mentoring program, please see the following:

Procedure for Application and Admission to Dual Degree:

Student must be accepted to both NYU and Palmer. Students are not eligible for the dual degree once they have earned more than six Palmer credits (two courses); totals earned at NYU prior to starting in the dual degree are usually not restricted.

After acceptance to both universities, students email the Palmer Manhattan Program Director Alice Flynn (alice.flynn@liu.edu) to receive instruction in applying to the dual degree program.

  • Students complete the application online for the dual degree program. The student’s goals in participating in the dual degree are considered as part of the application process.
  • Once reviewed, the student is notified of admission to the dual degree.

Please note: Admissions criteria at NYU vary, but all master’s level programs require the GRE. Palmer requires the GRE for anyone applying with below a 3.0 overall average from their undergraduate program. For other requirements for either school, please check here: Palmer LIU Application Information and NYU Graduate Admission.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunity

Federal loans require that students be enrolled in at least six credits each semester. Because dual degree students generally don’t take six credits or more at both NYU and LIU within one semester, they would not ordinarily be eligible for federal loans. In order to accommodate this situation, dual degree students must complete a consortium agreement for each semester in which they wish to apply for loans. This agreement is signed by the NYU advisor (Part A) and submitted to Alice Flynn at the Palmer Manhattan office. The student’s enrollment at Palmer is confirmed through the Financial Aid Office at Post and that information is forwarded to NYU so that the student can be awarded loans. NYU serves as the home school for financial aid. For a fuller explanation of the way dual degree financial aid works, please read Financial Aid Process for Dual Degree Students.

Following are pertinent links:

Transferring Credits from NYU and LIU to complete the dual degree

  • Palmer accepts 8 GSAS or Steinhardt credits (please note: this is the maximum number of transfer credits allowed by Palmer). Students must:
    • Request NYU official transcript
    • Fax/mail/scan this Form to Gerry.Kopczynski@liu.edu at Palmer Post. The fax number is 516 299 4168.
    • NOTE: transferred credits will not show on your LIU transcript until you have successfully completed 15 credits at Palmer. These are the only credits you may transfer into LIU.
  • GSAS accepts 9 Palmer credits. Students must:
  • Submit this Form through your NYU department

Graduation Information

File separately to graduate from each individual master’s program:

Please refer to this checklist:   Dual Degree Checklist

Please contact Alice Flynn if you have any questions.