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Information & Library Science, MS

The MS in Information and Library Science degree enables graduates to seek professional employment in the information field in the United States and elsewhere. This program is fully accredited by the American Library Association.

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Program Overview

The program must be completed within five years of the start. Your can study part-time or full-time(three or more courses).  You must complete 9 hours of required core courses in addition to a minimum of 27 hours of elective courses. 

Possible concentrations include:

  • Collection Development
  • Information Organization
  • Information management
  • Law librarianship with concurrent JD degree
  • Music librarianship with concurrent MA in Music
  • Public or academic libraries
  • Reference services
  • Special libraries (archives, museums, health science, corporate)

Why Choose Information and Library Science?

Information professionals help connect people with information and technology. Graduates of our program find rewarding work at the center of information-rich environments. Information professionals have the opportunity for life-long learning, enjoy excellent working conditions, and have national and international mobility.

Information professionals have potential employment as:

  • Archivist
  • Data manager
  • Fact checker
  • Information analyst
  • Information manager
  • Information specialist
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Librarian (in public, academic, legal, medical, corporate, school, etc. contexts)
  • Records manager
  • Researcher
  • Search engine optimizer
  • Web designer

Application Requirements

Our MS in Information and Library Science degree program features flexible options that offer both fall and spring admission.  Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis.

The applicant should have received an undergraduate bachelor degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better by the intended beginning semester. Applications with lower GPAs may still be considered and granted a conditional admission. To apply for admission to the MS in Information and Library Science program, please submit the following materials by the deadline:

  • A completed online application.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Official transcripts from each institution that you have attended. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation. If you have graduated within the past 5 years, preferably at least two should be academic references.
  • Statement of Education and Career Goals. Please write a detailed statement describing your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the information and library science field. Include your professional goals and objectives and indicate any area of special interest within the field.
  • GRE or GMAT scores are required and must be submitted*

* Beginning in fall 2015, the only exceptions to the admission requirement of a standardized exam (such as the GRE or MAT) for the MS program is one of the following:

  1. If an applicant already has a master’s degree and a GPA in that degree of 3.5 or greater; or,
  2. If an applicant already has a Ph.D. or equivalent (e.g., Ed.D. or J.D.).

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name.  If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.


Recommendation Letters:

If your program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.

Program Requirements

The MS Information and Library Science degree requires 36 credit hours at a 3.00 (B) average or better. Most students complete this program within two years. There are 9 hours of required core courses and 27 hours of elective courses.

Required Core Courses

  • LIS 507 – Information Life Cycle
  • LIS 508 – Information Users and Uses
  • LIS 575 – Introduction to Research Methods

What is the Time Commitment?

Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.

Learn More

The Master of Library Science degree program is within the Department of Information and Library Science in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.

University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.