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M.S. in Library and Information Science from LIU and the M.A. from NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science or from the Steinhardt School's programs in Media, Culture and Communication or Costume Studies

Palmer School of Library and Information Science In collaboration with New York University (NYU), the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University (LIU) offers a unique 52-credit dual master's degree program that prepares you as a subject specialist/scholar-librarian in academic and research institutions or as an information specialist in a specialized library or information center. The program grants an ALA-accredited Master of Science in Library and Information Science from LIU's Palmer School and a Master of Arts (in any of approximately 54 programs except linguistics) from NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or from two programs within NYU's Steinhardt School: Costume Studies or Media, Culture, and Communication.



  • Students take 13 fewer credits than would be required if they pursued each master's separately.
  • Students are able to take Palmer School courses at any of our sites. All NYU courses are taught at NYU’s Washington Square Manhattan campus.
  • Students select from among numerous NYU GSAS programs or NYU Steinhardt School’s approved programs (see above) and enroll simultaneously at the LIU Palmer School.
  • Specially designed mentorship program with NYU Libraries' library subject specialists offers professional guidance and experience throughout the duration of the program.  


Students take the following Palmer courses:
LIS 510 Introduction to Library Science (3 cr.)
LIS 511 Information Sources and Services (3 cr.)
LIS 512 Knowledge Organization (3 cr.)
LIS 514 Research Methods (3 cr.)
LIS 516 Collection Development (3 cr.)
LIS 606 Information Literacy and Library Instruction (3 cr.)
LIS 785 Mentorship (4 cr.) 
Two electives (6 cr.)
Total: 28 credits

24 credits (most NYU courses are 4 credits each)
NYU accepts to no more than 8 credits transferred.

To complete the program: 
Palmer accepts 8 GSAS credits (2 courses) = 36 credits
GSAS accepts 9 credits (3 courses)
Steinhardt accepts 9 credits (3 courses)

Students graduate with an MSLIS and an M.A. qualifying them for positions in academic libraries.

Find Out How Good You Really Are.

Shirley Zhao"I loved working as a student assistant in my college library and went on to pursue my passion for science and librarianship through the LIU/NYU dual degree program. Interactions with professors from two universities and mentorship by NYU librarians made this program a truly unique and life-changing experience."
Shirley Zhao, Physical Sciences Librarian at Dartmouth College; Dual Degree graduate (LIU '11, NYU '12)


For the dual degree program apply separately to LIU and NYU

*Admission Requirements

Location and Class Schedules

NYU's Bobst Library is the host for the Palmer School’s Manhattan campus. Weekday courses meet after 4:30 p.m. Weekend courses and summer sessions are offered. For more information about schedules, departments, and admission procedures, please visit or

Contact Us

Palmer School Manhattan Coordinator:
Alice Flynn
212-998-2680 or
Palmer School of Library and Information Science
Bobst Library, Room 707
New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, N.Y. 10012