Dual Master's with NYU

Dual Master's with NYU

In collaboration with New York University (NYU), the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at LIU offers a unique 52-credit dual master's degree program that prepares subject specialist/scholar-librarians for careers in academic and research institutions or as information specialists 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 or Science from NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) or from three programs within NYU's Steinhardt School: Costume Studies, Food Studies or Media, Culture, and Communication.

    • Students take approximately 13 fewer credits than would be required if they pursued each master's degree separately.
    • Students are able to take Palmer School courses in Manhattan at the NYU Bobst Library or at LIU Post on Long Island. 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 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 
LIS 511 Information Sources and Services 
LIS 512 Knowledge Organization 
LIS 514 Research Methods 
LIS 785 Mentorship 
Four LIS electives 

Total: 28 credits

* LIS 785 is a 4 credit course. 

24 - 28 credits, depending upon program (most NYU courses are 4 credits each) 

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About the Program

Most academic research libraries 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 dozens of major programs from 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. Once admitted to both universities, students apply to be a part of this unique program that offers a mentorship under the direction of a subject specialist librarian at NYU’s Bobst Library (see below). The entire program is offered at Palmer’s NYU site in Bobst Library. Students take a total of approximately 13 fewer credits in the dual degree program than if they took each master’s degree separately.

Dual Degree Admissions Requirements

Students interested in the dual degree program at NYU and LIU apply separately for admission to each school. A student must be admitted to LIU’s Palmer School, NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) or in one of three NYU Steinhardt School’s programs in Costume Studies, Food Studies, or Media, Culture and Communication before they can be considered for the dual degree program.  Once admitted to both universities, students complete a separate application to ensure appropriate placement with a mentor. 

Please consult the NYU website for admission requirements to the Graduate School of Arts and Science or the Steinhardt School. NYU departments have individual admissions applications deadlines. At the Palmer School we admit throughout the year. For admission requirements to the Palmer School’s M.S. in Library and Information Science degree program, visit the Graduate Programs section of the Palmer School Web site. 

NYU’s GSAS program requirements can be found on the New York University Web.
NYU’s Steinhardt School program requirements can be found on the New York University website
Students are advised to speak with a Director of Graduate Study in the department to which they plan to apply before they complete their NYU application.

The following admission requirements apply to all dual degree applicants:

• Applicant must be accepted into both the Palmer School under the current admissions requiremtns for the MSLIS program and a participating program at NYU (all GSAS programs; Steinhardt School’s programs in either Costume Studies, Food Studies, or Media, Culture and Communication
• Once admitted to BOTH universities, applicant should request the Dual Degree Program Intention to Enroll Application from the Palmer School Manhattan Director
• Candidates admitted to the dual degree will meet with the head of the mentorship program at a mutually convenient time to help determine mentor assignments

While students may take courses at any campus of the Palmer School, all NYU courses are taught in NYU’s Washington Square Campus in Manhattan. The Palmer School offers courses for the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) at our NYU Bobst Library location or online .
Students already enrolled in Palmer’s MSLIS program may apply for the dual degree program as long as they have completed no more than 6 Palmer credits by the time they would enter the program. Students with more than 6 credits at NYU are still able to apply to the dual degree.

Completing the Program

After completing 12 credits at NYU and after completing 12 credits at the Palmer School, students in the dual degree program will:

  • Transfer 8-9 credits from their NYU  program to complete the dual-degree requirements for Palmer.
  • Transfer 8-9 credits from their Palmer School program to complete the dual-degree requirements for NYU.

Students are responsible for applying for this transfer of credit and should do so once 12 credits are completed at either institution.


Dual Degree Program students must participate in a one-week intensive orientation to the program. This orientation is offered only at the start of the fall semester. For this reason, students may not be eligible for the Dual Degree program if they have progressed in their Palmer or GSAS studies before applying for admission to the program. Students already enrolled in either the Palmer School or NYU should consult with an advisor from the dual degree program to be apprised of their eligibility.

Mentorship Program

Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the dual degree is the mentoring program which is specifically designed to train future librarians who aspire to be subject specialists in academic and cultural institutions. For students who hope 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. 

Mentors are selected from the ranks of the NYU librarians and archivists, and occasionally from other cultural institutions and assigned to new dual degree students based upon the student’s interests and program. The goal is to give 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. 
Students are enrolled in the mentorship, LIS 785, for 4 credits, through Palmer, in their first semester. Mentors and their assigned students develop an initial Learning Contract which is reviewed each semester.

The mentorship of 160 hours introduces dual degree students to the requirements of the field, offering the opportunity for hands-on experience within a theoretical framework. The center of this program is a series of required modules, which include Reference/Instruction, Collection Development, Digital Scholarship and Professional Development. The program provides the flexibility to customize the mentoring experience to the needs of the individual student. Past students have spent part of their mentorship at the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Morgan Library, the New York Historical Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and IBM among many other organizations.


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