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At Simmons, you’ll gain the resources and powerful network of one of the nation's largest, most-respected schools of library science while also benefiting from the hallmark features of a small university. We offer a learning experience that is personalized and highly flexible, and our faculty mentors are guided by a deep-seated commitment to social justice, equity, and diversity.

As an MS, PhD or Post-Master’s Certificate student, you'll have direct and frequent access to faculty who know your name and understand your aspirations. And you'll work closely with classmates in an engaging, supportive classroom environment, be it face-to-face or online.

Choose from online, blended or in-person study on our Boston and Western, Massachusetts campuses. Whatever your choice of modality, you’ll benefit from an engaged community, supportive faculty, and thoughtful pedagogy.

Our ALA-accredited MS degree 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. The Design Your Own option allows students to work closely with faculty advisors to craft customized programs of study.

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).

All MS applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of application. Additional funding opportunities are available through a range of other programs, including Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.

A degree from SLIS opens doors to a broad range of careers and leadership opportunities, and connects you with one of the largest alumni networks in the field. For over 100 years, our alumni have been pioneers in the field, recognized for their meaningful achievements and remarkable careers. Join us in making a difference!

Master's Programs

MS in Library and Information Science with optional concentration in:

  • Archives Management | (on campus or online)

  • Cultural Heritage Informatics (on campus or online)

  • Information Science and Technology (on campus or online)

  • Libraries and Librarianship (on campus or online)

  • School Library Teacher (on campus)

Dual Degrees:

MS in Library & Info Science* and MA in Children’s Literature (on campus)

MS in Library & Info Science, Archives Management concentration and MA in History

  • on campus

PhD Programs

PhD in Library and Information Science

  • on campus or online

Other Programs

Post-Master’s Certificate–Archives Management

  • on campus or online

Post-Master’s Certificate–School Library Teacher

  • on campus

Content Areas

Archives, Preservation, and Special Collections, Business Intelligence, Cataloging & Metadata, Collection, Acquisition, and Circulation, Competitive Intelligence, Digital Initiatives, Integration, and Management, Information Ethics & Values, Information Architecture, Information Ethics & Values, Information Management, Information Systems and Technology, Knowledge Organization, Leadership, Management, and Administration, Librarianship, Misinformation & Media Literacy, Outreach Programming and Instruction, Reference and Reserach, Technology & Social Change, Youth Services

Want more information?

Contact Us

Laura Quinlan, Director of Graduate Admission,

Clare Zicari, Asst. Director of Graduate Admission,, 617-521-2868

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