What Is The Dual Degree Program 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 of Culture, Education and Human Development, students may select the master’s degree in either Media, Culture and Communication, Food Studies 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. For students who aspire to work as an archivist, an information officer in a specialized library, or as a library generalist, it might be possible to design an internship in an appropriate setting outside of Bobst. 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.

Be sure to check with your intended program at NYU to confirm your ability to participate in the dual degree. Students graduate with two separate degrees: the MA from NYU and the MS from LIU.

The Program: Dual Degree Program LIU/NYU

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.) All students must take LIS 785, Mentorship
    (4 credits)
  • Strongly suggested: (please see Dual Degree Advising Worksheet)
    LIS 516: Collection Development
    LIS 606: Information Literacy and Library Instruction
  • Electives (2-4 courses = 6-12 credits)

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:

Students must be accepted to both NYU and Palmer. 

  • Admissions criteria at NYU vary depending upon the program, but all master’s level programs require the GRE. NYU has strict application deadlines. Check your program to see what that date is.
  • Palmer requires the GRE for anyone applying with below a 3.0 overall average from their undergraduate program. Palmer has rolling admissions so there is no deadline to apply, although applicants for the dual degree should be admitted by May for the following fall term.
  • For all admission requirements, please go to:
    LIU Post Application for Graduate Study
    NYU Graduate Admission.

Please note that students who have earned more than six Palmer credits (two courses) are no longer eligible for participation in the dual degree; 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 instructions on applying to the dual degree program for placement with a mentor.

    • Students complete the application  for the dual degree program. The student’s goals in participating in the dual degree are considered as part of the student/mentor matching process. Supplementary materials, outlined on the application, should be emailed to Alice Flynn.
    • Once students have completed the application to the dual degree they are able to register for their fall classes.

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 and the Dual Degree Consortium Agreement 2016-2017

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 Amy.Ingrilli@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:
  • Steinhardt accepts 8 Palmer credits.  Students must:

Graduation Information

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


Please contact Alice Flynn if you have any questions.