Master of Science in Library & Information Science
"The library science community as a whole tends to be very welcoming, and Simmons is a nice reflection of that. Students come from all backgrounds and bring really different and interesting viewpoints to the classroom. Even after you graduate there is a strong community. If you go to a library conference and say, "I'm from Simmons," you'll have a pretty distinctive group of people who will tell you the same. No matter when they graduated, there's an instant camaraderie."
Monica Shin 10 M.S., 02 B.A.,
University of California, Berkeley
Digital Projects Librarian,
Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts
The master of science is offered on a full- or part-time basis at our Boston campus, and on a part-time basis at our Mount Holyoke campus; to graduate, students must complete twelve three-credit courses (36 credit hours). The program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. GSLIS academic and professional preparation teaches students to analyze the information needs of their users, utilize a variety of tools and technologies to locate and evaluate that information, and organize, manage, and preserve information so that it becomes an accessible and permanent source of knowledge.
Students can focus on a general course of study or choose to specialize in a concentration such as archives management or school librarianship, or focus on one a variety of tracks. All students must satisfy core course requirements, and, depending on the specific program of study, can then choose from a variety of stimulating electives, including Oral History (LIS 433), Photographic Archives and Visual Information (LIS 471), International and Comparative Librarianship (LIS 490), XML - eXtensible Markup Language (LIS 469), and Information Retrieval (LIS 466).
The minimum amount of time needed to complete the Master's degree program is four terms; students must complete the program within six years of initial enrollment. Classes are scheduled in the daytime, as well as evenings and occasionally on weekends; GSLIS also offers both face-to-face and online courses. If you interested in studying abroad, there are opportunities every summer.
Unlike many programs, students can start in any semester — fall, spring, or summer.
Some students choose to do the program on a full-time basis; students who do so generally take three courses (nine credits) in the fall and spring terms, and two in the summer. (Please see the Maximum Credit Load policy for more information.)
Many students do the program on a part-time basis, taking either one or two courses per term. (Students who receive financial assistance are generally advised to take at least two courses per term in order to meet aid requirements; check with the Office of Student Financial Services to be sure.) Classes are offered at times spread throughout the week (mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends) as well as in a variety of formats —including fully online —in order to best meet student scheduling needs.