Component 1: Masters of Science in Library and Information Science
The Palmer School of Library and Information Science offers the full Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) in Manhattan. It is housed in the renowned Bobst Library of New York University, an outstanding research facility in the heart of Greenwich Village, overlooking Washington Square.
The dual degree allows student to graduate with an MSLIS from the Palmer School, accredited by the American Library Association, and Master's degree from any department at NYU, including Africana Studies. Students who enroll in the dual-degree program will earn two master’s degrees for a total of 52 credits. For the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.), the Palmer School requires students to complete 28 credits, which includes four core courses and four elective courses as well as a mentorship. The Palmer School has elective courses in information technology, subject reference and organization of information, web architecture, digital libraries, information retrieval, metadata, collaborative technologies, rare books, archives and management. For more information on the Dual Masters Program.
Students enrolled in the dual degree program participate in a mentorship program with NYU Libraries' library subject specialists (LIS 785). For more information about the mentorship program.
Component 2: MA in Religious Studies
The remaining 24 credits will be completed within the Religious Studies Program at NYU. All students are required to take RELST-GA 1001, Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (4 points). The other 5 courses (20 points) are electives on religious life and practice combining a disciplinary and a cultural focus. Courses often speak to both areas of study (e.g., History of 19th-Century American Christianity uses a historical approach to cover religious life in the United States). Therefore, a student's course trajectory will be worked out with close faculty advice. By graduation, students should have a grasp of the tools of at least one disciplinary focus and a working knowledge of at least one cultural area.
In fulfillment of the degree, students may elect to complete a thesis paper as their capstone project. Typically before their final semester, students will secure a "thesis adviser" from among either the Religious Studies faculty or faculty from another department at NYU. Together with this adviser, the student will produce a thesis paper to be reviewed by two faculty members, one of whom must be in the Religious Studies program. Although the thesis paper is not graded, students may elect to enroll in a Thesis Research course (with departmental permission) for a grade and for a maximum of 4 credits as they work toward completion of the paper. As an alternative to the thesis, students may instead choose to take a written comprehensive exam as their capstone project. This requires securing an "examination adviser" with whom the student will design a set of questions around their particular field of study. The exam will be administered in the student's final semester, and will receive either a grade of "P" (pass) or "F" (fail). Students will not receive credits for completion of the exam; they must have completed, or be in the process of completing, the required 24 credits at the time of examination.
For more information about applying to the dual MA/MSLIS Program please refer to the Ma/MSLIS portal, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application resource center.