Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Online

Apply by the December 24 Early Priority Deadline to Start in April

Bridge the Gap Between People, Information and Technology

Earn a Top-Ranked MLIS Online1

Libraries play a pivotal role in our communities—providing a range of services that promote equity and literacy, and a safe space for learning and inspiration. Throughout your career in this field, you’ll help people, solve problems and promote the power of information.

At Syracuse University's iSchool, you’ll gain the skills you need to take on this challenge. You’ll learn to promote equal access to technology, foster digital literacy and help underserved populations. You’ll prepare to become a leader in your organization. And you’ll change how people and organizations use libraries and information resources for the better.

#4
Best Library and Information Studies Program1
#2
in School Library Media1
#4
in Digital Librarianship1
#2
in Information Systems1
ALA Accredited Badge

Our Program Is ALA-Accredited

Offered online since 2017, our MLIS program has been accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1928.2

A Curriculum Designed to Match Your Passion


36 Credit Hours

Complete in as Few as 18 Months

Designed to prepare you to be an effective library and information science leader, the online MLIS curriculum gives you two options for customizing your education and gaining specialized skills:

  • Choose a professional pathway and focus your program on User Services and Community Engagement, Archives and Special Collections, Data Curation and Services, Organization and Management of Information and Knowledge or Children and Youth Services.
  • Earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science, Information Security Management, Enterprise Technology Leadership or School Media without taking any extra classes.

Find Your Calling in School Media

If you’re passionate about working with school-age children, the iSchool offers an MLIS: School Media program. Through this specialized curriculum, you’ll learn to teach digital and traditional literacy at the K-12 level by mastering a range of multimedia platforms and tools to help students succeed.

Start Your MLIS Journey

Earn your MLIS online in as few as 18 months and make a difference in your community or organization.

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Receive Personalized Support Through Our iSchool Community

No matter where you live, you’ll have the support of our community of expert faculty, passionate students and hardworking alumni that include academic librarians, data scientists, archivists and school media specialists.

This dedicated community support comes in the form of one-on-one sessions with professors, internship opportunities that give you hands-on work in the field and access to networking events with connections to our worldwide iSchool alumni network.

"Before I applied for the Syracuse LIS program, I had reached my ceiling at my job with the level of education I previously had. But even before I’ve graduated, I have been able to leverage my experience and the new insight I learned through the program into a professional librarian position.”

Nick Abrahamson,

MLIS Program, Class of 2019, Research Librarian,
Henderson County Public Library

Visit our student and alumni page to read more stories about our Orange community.

Our Admissions Process

You can choose from four cohort start dates. We are currently accepting applications for the April 2021 cohort:

Early Priority Deadline
December 24, 2020
Priority Deadline
January 14, 2021
Application Deadline
February 11, 2021

Apply now by submitting your resume, transcripts, two letters of recommendations and a personal statement about why you want to pursue your MLIS at Syracuse University. No GRE scores are required to apply. Review our application requirements and connect with our admissions team to learn more.

Explore How an MLIS Degree Can Propel Your Career

Earn your master’s degree in library science online from Syracuse University.

1U.S. News & World ReportTop Library and Information Science Programs (Retrieved October 2020) Return to footnote reference
2American Library Association, ALA Accredited Programs (Retrieved October 2020) Return to footnote reference