This page describes the dual degree Palmer has with NYU and it also has all of the necessary links and resources for enrolled dual degree students.
If you’re thinking of becoming a subject specialist in a research or academic setting, you should certainly consider the dual degree. Most research 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, 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 sections of 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 in 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.
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.
Students must be accepted to both NYU and Palmer before applying specifically to the dual degree. 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 their Admissions websites.
Once admitted to both universities, you may apply to the dual degree:
Application to Join
- You must first be accepted to both NYU and LIU Palmer.
- You will not be eligible for the dual degree once you have earned more than six credits (2 courses) at Palmer; totals earned at NYU prior to starting in the dual degree are usually not restricted.
Please fill out the application online as soon as you’ve been accepted to both programs.
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 785: Mentoring (4 credits)
- Electives (4 courses = 12 credits) Highly recommended: LIS 516: Collection Development
- NYU’s MA/MS — 24+ credits
- Dual Degree Program, NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science
- Dual Degree Program, NYU Steinhardt School Media, Culture and Communication
- Dual Degree Program, NYU Steinhardt School, Costume Studies
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, 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 read the following:
- NYU Libraries Wiki (requires NYU Login from remote location)
Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunity
- NYU is the Home School for Financial Aid
- Financial Aid Process for Dual Degree Students
- NYU school code is 002785 (for federal loans)
- LIU school code is 002751 (for LIU Post scholarship opportunities
- See Scholarships page for library school students
- Check with your NYU Department for other opportunities
- Consortium agreement: Academic year 2013-2014
- The consortium agreement must be redone every semester and must be given to Alice Flynn at the Bobst Palmer Office who sends it on to LIU Post. Someone from your NYU GSAS department must sign the bottom (Part A).
- Palmer accepts 8 GSAS credits (please note: this is the maximum number of transfer credits allowed by Palmer)
- GSAS accepts 9 Palmer credits
- Apply for graduation separately from each school.
- LIUGraduation Information
- NYUGraduation Information
Please contact Alice Flynn if you have any questions.