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Library And Information Science (MS)

Integrate theory with practice, analyze information needs to create solutions by applying a variety of tools and technologies. Insure the organization, accessibility, and management of library and information resources. Create dynamic ways for a variety of users to interact with resources.

Our students thrive in classes brought to life by professors who bring real world experience and take pride in being personal mentors. The interests and expertise of our faculty cover a wide range of areas, including big data, technology, ethics, and access to information for all users and how this applies to archives, school libraries, public libraries, academic, and special libraries. The passions and skills of our students are well-served by Archives Management,  Cultural Heritage, and School Library Teacher program concentrations. Students who choose the Design Your Own program work closely with faculty advisors to craft customized programs of study.

Through internships, site visits and pre-professional work opportunities throughout Massachusetts and across New England, our students gain experience in their fields. Take advantage of what Boston has to offer while taking on a flexible schedule, with classes held on days, nights, weekends, part-time, full-time, or online. Achieve a successful career, a meaningful life and a powerful return on your educational investment.

The Master of Science in Library Science and the Archives Management Concentration can be completed entirely online. In addition to face-to-face classroom options in Boston and at SLIS West (South Hadley and Amherst, Massachusetts), students can embark on a blended approach, combining online and face-to-face courses that meet their academic needs. Our students go on to a variety of successful careers as web developers, digital librarians, social media managers, school media specialists and much more.

Customize Your Program

Our ALA accredited degree program in library and information science offers students the opportunity to customize their degree program by concentrating their studies in archives management, school librarianship, information science and technology, and cultural heritage informatics or by developing expertise in areas of professional interest by selecting courses from curricular “tracks” related to information organization, management and leadership, preservation management, reference and information services, and youth services.

Students may also choose to pursue a dual degree program that allows for the completion of two masters degrees simultaneously. SLIS offers two dual degree programs in conjunction with the MS: a dual degree in archives management (MS) and history (MA) and a dual degree in library and information science (MS) and children’s literature (MA).

SLIS West

Attend the LIS Master’s Program at SLIS West in South Hadley, Massachusetts located at Mount Holyoke College. The SLIS West Campus is primarily a part time program geared towards the needs of working students. The small classes, scheduling flexibility, and cohesive community help our working students succeed in the classroom and in their careers.

Courses are scheduled primarily on weekends, with some evening options available. Depending on the area of specialization, program requirements can be completed entirely at the SLIS West campus, although many students take a course or two online or in Boston. Boston students are also welcome to take classes at SLIS West.

Online Program

Students may now complete the master of science degree program in library and information science fully online. Students may choose the DYO (Design Your Own) option, and customize their degree program to reflect their professional goals. Or, they may choose to concentrate their studies in archives management.

Design Your Own (DYO) Master of Science

Online students may tailor their degree programs to their own professional needs and interests by selecting courses from a robust catalog of electives. Like all MS students, DYO students must complete 9 credit hours (3 courses) of core coursework in information organization, information services, and technology. DYO students may then work with a faculty advisor to select 27 credit hours (9 courses) of elective courses in areas of professional interest including youth services, reference and information services, management and leadership, and information organization. 

Online Courses

Excepting mode of delivery, online courses are identical to face to face courses in content and learning objectives. Online courses are asynchronous, meaning that teaching and learning in the online course environment is not bound to time or place. Just as face-to-face students must meet assignment deadlines set by their instructors and actively engage in learning in the classroom space, online students are similarly obligated to complete assignments on time and participate in learning activities. The difference between the online and face-to-face experience: online students may access and engage with organized learning materials anytime and anywhere they are connected to the Internet.

Because all MS students may register for and participate in online classes, the SLIS online classrooms have become spaces for local and distant students to learn and network.

Careers

As one of U.S. News and World Report’s top ranking schools of library and information science in the nation, the School of Library and Information Science offers a world-class education. From Harvard University's libraries to Fortune 500 companies, Simmons LIS students are working in the top libraries and workplaces around the country. For more information about the various types of careers available to our graduates, please see our Careers page. The following is a sampling of jobs LIS graduates reported obtaining within one year of graduation:

  • Public Librarian
  • Cataloging and Acquisition Librarian
  • Adult Services Librarian
  • Database Editor
  • Business Development Specialist
  • Director of Media and Professional Development
  • Emerging Technologies Librarian
  • Data Assets Manager
  • Digital Initiatives Librarian
  • Digital Curator
  • Children's Librarian
  • Requirements Analyst
  • School Librarian and Media Specialist
  • Legal Information Librarian
  • Medical librarian
  • Metadata Librarian
  • Market Insights Analyst
  • University Archivist
  • Senior Web Content Coordinator

Visit the Library And Information Science (MS) page on the Simmons University website for more details!

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